Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC245013
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £37789 - £45998
Date Posted 25 April 2018
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 03 June 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £37,789 - £45,998 (dependent on skills and experience and inclusive of annual allowance)        
Grade: Band E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full time
Closing Date: 3rd June 2018
Interview Date: Week commencing 18th June 2018


A vacancy exists for a Software Engineer in the Nuclear Physics Group (NPG) which sits within Technology Department at STFC Daresbury Laboratory. The NPG takes a leading role in a number of major international collaborations and co-ordinates and supports the experimental research activities of the UK Nuclear Physics Community, providing expertise in computing, electronics, mechanical engineering, physics, project management and target making.

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.

Technology Department provides technology, engineering and support to STFC’s current and future facilities and programmes. The Department has 325 technical and scientific staff acting as a single department across three sites at the Daresbury Laboratory, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and UKATC. Working at the forefront of scientific endeavour is only possible with dedicated teams of engineers that are capable of turning scientific objectives into reality.

The Role

Working closely within a multi-disciplinary engineering team in the NPG you will be responsible for specifying and delivering software engineering solutions and support for a variety of the nuclear physics projects supported by STFC.

We are looking for expertise in specifying and delivering scientific DAQ systems using high speed Ethernet networking. In addition to the real-time programming skills required for high speed data readout you will also have the ability to produce web-based GUIs for front end electronics including custom ASICs, specialised readout cards and COTS digitiser modules running digital pulse processing code in their FPGAs.

You will interact regularly with the UK nuclear physics community and their overseas collaborators, in order to understand their requirements in the context of the complex scientific equipment used for their research. These requirements must be converted to detailed specifications before designing, coding, commissioning and supporting the real time software systems used by modern nuclear physics apparatus for data acquisition, control and monitoring. Systems are typically based around the latest high end FPGA devices for signal processing and 10G Ethernet for data transport. System sizes can range from a single channel through to 100,000 channels.

You will have excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills to work with a range of colleagues and stakeholders both in UK and overseas including: Nuclear Physicists, Engineers (Mechanical, Electrical and Software) and procurement/contracts staff. 

We are looking for someone with advanced inter-personal skills, particularly in communication; negotiating; networking and team building; motivation and problem-solving who is focused on delivering working, high quality solutions to meet the project objectives. You will have a very high level of drive, enthusiasm and focus on the achievement of goals together with a strong ability to think creatively, to seek and accept change and contribute to continuous improvement.

Travel in the UK and oversees will be required.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting Criteria


  • a degree in Physics, Computer Science or a relevant technical subject. Alternatively equivalent experience with verification by a professional body e.g. chartered status
  • experience of real-time and embedded systems programming (preferably real time Linux)
  • experience of identifying user requirements in the context of complex scientific systems and developing comprehensive specifications
  • experience of writing and designing graphical user interfaces for control, monitoring or data acquisition
  • working knowledge of C, C++, HTML, TCL, XML/SOAP
  • understanding and knowledge of computer/processor architectures
  • a well written CV and cover letter.


  • system administrator experience for both desktop and server systems
  • working knowledge of  PHP, Java, Javascript, CSS
  • experience of web services
  • experience of working in international collaborations
  • experience of project management.

Interview Criteria


  • demonstrate competence in real-time and embedded systems programming
  • demonstrate competence in identifying user requirements in the context of complex scientific systems and developing comprehensive specifications
  • demonstrate competence in writing and designing graphical user interfaces for control, monitoring or data acquisition
  • demonstrate competence in C, C++, HTML, TCL,XML/SOAP
  • demonstrate understanding and knowledge of computer/processor architectures
  • good communication and presentation skills with ability to communicate and interact with scientific, technical and engineering staff
  • organisational skills, time management and a flexible approach to changes in the work programme
  • able to travel in UK and overseas.


  • knowledge of Nuclear Physics experimental equipment and instrumentation
  • knowledge of modern electronics instrumentation systems using digitisers, FPGAs and time stamping
  • experience in real time Linux
  • working knowledge of any of the following languages: German, French, Italian, Finnish
  • ability to do cross-platform development
  • demonstrate competence in project management.

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.

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 3rd June 2018. The interview/assessment date for this vacancy will be the week commencing 18th June 2018 and will be held at Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington.

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.