Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC244197
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30056 - £45572
Date Posted 13 February 2018
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 04 March 2018
Interview Date

Salary: £30,056-£35,670 (Software Developer) or £37,415-£45,415 (Senior Developer)
Grade: RC-D or RC-E
Contract Type: Fixed Term (Until 31st December 2020)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 4th March 2018
Interview Date: TBC


The UK Collaboratorium on Research in Infrastructure & Cities (UKCRIC – has been established to enable the UK to develop a world class national infrastructure research capability to inform the UK’s infrastructure development agenda. Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), one of the seven Research Councils in the UK with world-renown track records in building, delivering, and operating large science facilities, is a delivery partner for the Data Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure (DAFNI), one of the three strands of UKCRIC with an investment of £8M.

DAFNI is led by the University of Oxford and is governed by eleven leading research universities and STFC. Throughout the programme, we will work extensively with the DAFNI community, a broad network of collaborators and stakeholders from DAFNI and UKCRIC partnering institutions, leading consultancy firms and government agencies nationally and internationally.

The aim of DAFNI is to provide new data intensive hardware and software platform to accelerate significant new advances in infrastructure system modelling research. DAFNI is the first of its kind in the UK and globally dedicated to complex infrastructure systems research using advanced computational techniques for the research community.

The core of DAFNI will be located at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, an STFC operated national laboratory based in Oxfordshire, with satellite capabilities at the Universities. DAFNI is a 4-year IT construction project with the aim to deliver a production-ready and mature software and hardware platform for the DAFNI community.

The purpose of this role is to contribute to all aspects relating to data ingestion, access, storage and processing on the DAFNI platform. You will collaborate on the design, engineering and piloting initiatives to accommodate the migration of a large portfolio of existing DAFNI datasets and enable the ingestion of new ones on the platform.

About the role:

This is a Front End Developer role and you will be involved in all phases of DAFNI construction, from requirement gathering, design, implementation, to validation. This project uses agile software development, testing, and deployment methodologies to encourage agile response to change and request. It also uses data-driven analytics approach to evaluate and validate the entire engineering process, from requirement, design, through to software development, testing and deployment, to user and community engagement.

The role will reside within the Visual Analytics and Imaging Systems (VAIS) group, Scientific Computing Department of STFC. It will involve extensive collaboration within the department across several teams involved in DAFNI and with partnering institutions and organisations.

List of Duties and Responsibilities:

  • own the development of all UI aspects of the project
  • develop technical documentation, dissemination materials, e.g. papers, presentations
  • deliver services that are automated, reliable and secure
  • provide advice and guidance to other members of the project producing web-based applications regarding design and good development practices
  • guide the inclusion of monitoring metrics for user interactions with the platform.

Contacts and Communication:

  • work effectively with STFC DAFNI technical team
  • contribute to project events, conferences required by the project leadership team
  • coordinate and lead technical meetings
  • effective collaboration with staff internally and externally.

Personal Skills and Attributes:

  • ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • fast and keen learner, able to understand complex problems
  • a ‘can do’ attitude and team work spirit
  • the ability to handle complex situations with confidence and little supervision
  • effective team and people management skills.

Any other Relevant Information:

  • available to travel in the UK and overseas for meetings and events as required.

Shortlisting Criteria:



  • undergraduate degree in science and engineering subjects or relevant experience in computing.

Knowledge and Experience:


  • experience of involving in a variety of software engineering processes
  • experience of contributing to a collaborative software development project
  • experience of working in an agile development environment
  • advanced experience with HTML5 semantic syntax, CSS3
  • JavaScript libraries (jQuery, D3, Bootstrap)
  • familiarity with JavaScript MV* frameworks (AngularJS), AJAX (RESTful APIs) and the use of third-party APIs
  • ReactJS and other frontend JS libraries
  • understanding of GIT version control.


  • familiarity with Package Manager (Bower or NPM) and JavaScript Task Runner (Grunt)
  • experience with CSS Preprocessors (LESS/SASS)
  • experience with Node.js
  • knowledge of Responsive Design
  • experience of integrating with backend systems
  • knowledge of WebGL programming.

Interview Criteria:


  • good technical communication skills (verbal or presentation)
  • a ‘can do’ attitude and team work spirit
  • friendly, helpful and approachable manner
  • persistence in tracking down and solving problems 
  • fast and keen learner, able to understand complex problems
  • experience of working in multidisciplinary or cross-functional teams.


  • experience of working in a research/science environment
  • a keen interest to writing and communication.

Special Requirements:


  • available for occasional UK and overseas travel.

In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages (

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

From April 2018, UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. From 1 April 2018 your employer will be UK Research and Innovation. More information can be found online

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.   At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

Online applications only, please submit a covering letter and CV, ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded. No Agencies.

The closing date for applications is 4th March 2018. The interview/assessment date for this vacancy is TBC.

We want to make our application process as easy for you as we possibly can. If you experience any problems in applying for this job, or have any feedback for us about the application process, please contact our Recruitment Hotline on 01793 867000 (8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday). Please quote the appropriate IRC reference number when calling.

The closing date for applications is 4th March 2018, however applications will be reviewed and interviews hold on an on-going basis until all vacancies have been filled.