Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC244285
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £26297
Date Posted 09 February 2018
Grade RC-C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 12 March 2018
Interview Date

Salary: £26,297
Grade: C
Contract Type: Open-ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 12th March 2018


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.
Our graduates join us in a permanent position, starting a real job from day one. Graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills together with technical training and development, as well as a direct route to professional accreditation. STFC graduates have the opportunity to build on their degree, taking their understanding, knowledge and skills to a completely new level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.

Hartree Centre mission is to transform the competitiveness of UK industry by accelerating the adoption of High Performance Computing, Data Analytics and Cognitive Technologies. We collaborate with industry and research partners on projects that create insights and value by combining access to one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world dedicated to industrial engagement with our intense computing specialists.

In the HPC Software Engineering group we are using our expertise and facilities to push the boundaries of existing hardware and software. Working in partnership with Intel and IBM, we are designing and testing software for the world’s most advanced microprocessors, optimising existing codes or write new ones that can utilise multi-core (Intel, IBM and ARM), many-core (GPU, Intel Phi or FPGA), and data centric systems – opening up the potential of supercomputing for businesses.

The continuing success of the Hartree Centre means we are looking to recruit talented and enthusiastic scientists, engineers and technologists to work on ground breaking projects across high performance computing, big data analytics, and machine learning.

As part of this drive we are seeking young talent graduate to join the team. As the successful candidate you will be working on the real life projects and services with the latest computing architectures and technologies to fulfil the requirement of UK industries.

Summary of key duties

  • porting and optimisation of parallel software for HPC environments
  • development and optimization of software for heterogeneous/accelerated architectures (GPU, Xeon Phi, FPGA, etc.)
  • learn and apply data centric, analytics and cognitive computing technologies
  • look at validation of conclusions, and presentation of results to customers (including advanced visualisation)
  • make site visits to commercial and academic partners
  • project management.

You will get to work in a range of teams and projects over the whole software development lifecycle from project inception to running high quality production services, using best practice tools, techniques and working practices. 

We use a large range of technologies and training is offered to ensure you have the right skills for the work. These include: Programming (e.g. C, C++, Python, Fortran), operating systems and virtualisation, High-performance computing libraries (MPI, OpenMP, CUDA, OpenCL) and many more.


Within Hartree Centre, you will undertake four 6 month projects covering a wide range of activities providing real-life solutions which will be used beyond the end of the projects. You will work in a team and will be responsible for the technical development and outcomes of your project.
As you develop more skills and abilities, then the level of responsibility for delivery will increase.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

At least one of the desirables listed below. These may have been gained as part of a final year project.

  • programming experience, preferably in one or more of C, Fortran, C++ and Python, although other programming languages are acceptable
  • experience of Linux system management, clouds, PC/server hardware or networking
  • software engineering/development methods.

Plus at least one of the following:

  • using scientific computational software
  • understanding of IT security
  • managing a project
  • ability to communicate technical information to different audiences.

Shortlisting criteria:



  • obtained first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2017 or be due to receive it in 2018
  • expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • the right to live and work in the UK 
  • background in Programming or Computer Science/Engineering.


  • MSc/MEng degree.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • understand and interpret existing code
  • understand and follow software engineering best practices
  • knowing sequential programing
  • understand and apply serial programming optimisation
  • basic principles of computer architectures and programming models.


  • some understanding of programming distributed/shared memory architectures
  • some parallel programing skills
  • some parallel algorithms concepts.

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes


  • positive attitude
  • ability to work independently and within groups
  • quick learning ability
  • analytical thinking.


  • good communication skills
  • good at time and task management
  • high end user focus.

STFC’s Graduate scheme is accredited by the; Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics and the British Computer Society.

You’ll get the chance to work on cutting-edge projects with international collaborators.

Every graduate is provided with a mentor to help support them through the graduate scheme and to become chartered. Providing you perform well and make good progress with your training plans, you will be promoted after two years with us, receiving a significant salary increase.

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

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 12th March 2018.

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.