Recruiting for UKRI and UK SBS
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Scientific Computing
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21000119 Requisition #

Job Title: Software Engineer
Salary: £31,931 - £34,709 (Band D) or £39,748-£44,166 (Band E) gross per annum dependent on experience*
Location: RAL- Oxfordshire
Reports To: Software Systems Development Manager 
Contract Type: 4 x Open Ended Positions
Hours: Full Time/ Part Time
(We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants)

*This role may eligible for a Responsibility and Retention Allowance depending on experience 

About Us:

At the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) you belong to a community of experts who are driving science and technology forward. Our incredible diversity of research, technology and engineering projects truly fire the imagination and lead to real-world solutions which shape societies and transform lives.

The National Quantum Computing Centre is a £93m UKRI investment over 5 years based at the Harwell Campus. This is a strategic element within the overall £1bn, 10 year investment into Quantum Technologies made by the UK since 2014.

Quantum computing operates in a fundamentally different way to conventional or classical computers. It has the potential to unlock unprecedented parallel processing and consequently create a step change in computing power. By harnessing and exploiting this capability the UK has an ambition to become the world’s first quantum ready nation. Our effort is part of a global race with significant international investment in hardware, software and skills. Recruiting and retaining top talent is of key importance. The long term impact on society and the economy is potentially huge with projected global market impact of over £350bn by 2050.

The primary purpose of the NQCC is to fill a key gap in the research and innovation landscape addressing the challenge of scaling quantum computing. However, this technology is immature and extensive development work is needed to scale the fundamental science to provide usable computing systems.

The NQCC's initial 5 years will focus on developing a Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum (NISQ) machine to demonstrate the technology as well as software, algorithm and applications development. The longer term aim is to scale the technology towards an error and noise free fault tolerant machine capability with benchmarking and verification demonstrated in collaboration with UK and international partners. The NQCC will give assured and direct access to early prototype machines to developers and promote the formation of a strong UK-based quantum computing supply chain.

Our Benefits:
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, Defined benefit pension scheme (employer contribution – currently up to 26%), 30 days annual leave allowance plus 10.5 bank holiday/privilege days and a number of other benefits (https://stfccareers.co.uk/rewards-and-benefits/).

About the Role: 

You will work as part of the Software and Control Systems Group within the Research function alongside hardware and applications developers. Utilizing your skills in software and systems architecture robust and re-usable digital assets will be rapidly deployed to meet the goals of the NQCC enabling the delivery of scalable quantum computing capabilities against our technology roadmap.

Key projects will include hardware stabilization, hardware optimized compiler performance, error mitigation and benchmarking and verification protocols.

The successful candidate must exhibit a pragmatic attitude towards the work of others, particularly in a collaborative environment, whilst having a good eye for detail interpreting and presenting technical performance data.

Deep technical expertise in quantum computing is not essential as part of the role but would be seen as valuable.

Project support is provided via Quality Assurance, Monitoring & Evaluation, Procurement and Project Leader support staff within the Operations team as well as firmware, electronics and device specialists across the hardware team as well as external expertise.

Not only is this an exciting role at the forefront of science and technology, the candidate will also gain excellent experience of large-scale systems integration across a variety of collaborations in the quantum computing eco-system.

The role will include elements of the following:
•    Developing flexible software and control architecture to enable a variety of hardware platforms and applications.
•    Developing full-stack software applications involving client, server and data tiers.
•    Working closely with colleagues across the Centre to implement the architecture and deploy services.
•    Identifying appropriate HPC, data analytics and cognitive computing technologies and designing appropriate technology solutions.
•    Making site visits to commercial and academic partners.
•    Publishing non-confidential results.
•    Promoting and demonstrating best practice software development across the NQCC including design, development, testing & maintenance.
•    Carry out quality checks and inspection on site and at supplier premises.
•    Present work at internal and external meetings both within the UK and internationally.
•    Working within the Divisions ISO9001 Quality Management System.
•    Driving Continuous Improvement within the Centre.

Person Specification:

This role requires someone who can work well as part of a multidisciplinary team, but also demonstrate autonomy within their area of responsibility. You will be proactive, self-motivated and able to work in a dynamic environment. You will be able to work/travel within the UK and overseas as and when required to attend international meetings with collaborators. 

(Please note the below criteria will be assessed at Shortlisting or Interview stage as indicated)

Qualifications:

Essential – Educated to a to degree level or relevant experience in a computing related discipline. (S&I)

Experience/Attributes: 

Essential –
o    Quality of cover letter (S)
o    Familiar with a range of professional tools and methods related to software delivery (S&I)
o    Software design, development and test (S&I)
o    Significant knowledge of Software and Systems Architectures (S&I) (Required for Band E)
o    Good communication skills both written and Oral with the ability to influence stakeholders (S&I)
o    Computer Literate with experience using MS Office (S)
o    Demonstrable experience in several of the following: (S&I) (Required for Band E)
o    Quantum computing stack architecture development
o    Large scale software architecture development
o    Software lifecycle management
o    Classical programming tools & languages
o    Quantum programming tools & languages
o    Web application / web service development  
o    Enterprise integration design patterns 
o    Containerisation of applications and deployment on cloud platforms
o    Micro-service architectures
o    Web Application Security including single-sign-on mechanisms
o    User interface / user experience development
o    Computer visualization
o    Machine learning


Desirable – 
o    Experience of project delivery within an ISO9001 quality management system (S)
o    Understanding of high performance computing and/or relevant related technologies (S&I)
o    Experience using and developing product lifecycle management systems (S&I)
o    Appreciation of Health, Safety and Environment (I)
o    Experience in development, test and deployment of quantum devices (S&I)
o    Knowledge of scaling, control and quantum computing hardware methodologies(S&I)

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

The STFC is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world. 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake ground-breaking projects in an outstanding diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving progressive advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale. 

For more information about STFC please visit https://stfc.ukri.org/ 

You can also visit our careers site https://www.stfccareers.co.uk/ 


About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation. 

More information can be found at www.ukri.org.  


How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’


Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 

 
How to apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us. 

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