Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC252734
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £15769
Date Posted 12 February 2020
Contract Type Apprentice
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 31 May 2020
Interview Date 23 June 2020

Brief Description

Salary: £15,769 per annum (rising incrementally to £21,091 per annum in the fourth year)                       
Band: UKRI-App
Contract Type: Fixed Term (4 years)
Hours: Full time/Part time (minimum 30 hours per week)
Closing Date: 31st May 2020
Testing Date: 15th June 2020 
Interview Dates: 23rd & 24th June 2020

Our Organisation 

  • STFC 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. We have large-scale scientific facilities in the UK and Europe used by thousands of scientists performing thousands of experiments every year. The facilities provide a range of research techniques to help scientists better understand our world and the universe
  • Computing is essential to the science that STFC supports. We need keen individuals to support us in the development of new software and systems. We are recruiting Computing apprentices to work at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford. You will be based in a group with computing professionals in one of STFC departments. During the apprenticeship scheme, you will rotate between several departments gaining a range of experience. These placements will complement formal training and are developed to support you as you work towards a BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Degree.

Opportunities & Responsibilities

  • We are looking for apprentices interested in software development and/or computer systems administration
  • If you are placed in a systems administration role, you will undertake activities on rotations that will develop your expertise in Linux servers, storage & virtualisation, containerisation, cloud computing, data management, network design, cyber security, DevOps, software-defined networking, and the internet of things (IoT)
  • If you are placed in a software development role, you will undertake activities on rotations that will develop your expertise in object oriented programming, data modelling, SQL, systems development, agile, systems analysis and design, web and mobile application development, big data and analytics, user experience design, cyber security, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), and the internet of things (IoT)
  • In both roles, you will work closely with scientists and engineers so you should have good interpersonal skills and be committed to delivering an excellent customer service.

You will be expected to:

  • Communicate and work with fellow team members on a daily basis
  • Communicate with users, scientists, engineers and management to understand their requirements and translate these into a specification
  • Take an active role in both technical and non-technical meetings
  • Show initiative especially regarding learning new things
  • Work independently at times and ask questions if unsure
  • Take responsibility for ensuring your work does what is needed and meets the quality criteria specified
  • Write documentation for technical and non-technical users
  • Analyse evidence and data in order to solve problems
  • Help deploy solutions to production and help provide support after release
  • Use a variety of tools and technologies used by the teams to develop and manage software and computer systems
  • Present a topic to a small group of people and answer questions
  • Participate in the wider department and STFC apprentice training programme. 

We will support you to undertake paid degree-level training. In addition to this and “on the job” training, you will have opportunity to subscribe to professional online tutorial sites, attend technical courses, undertake various soft skills training, and take part in our organisation-wide apprentice networking and training events where you will meet and get to know other apprentices such as our electronics, mechanical and electrical engineering apprentices. We will assign you a mentor for the duration of the scheme.
About You 

As a starting point we expect you to:

  • Enjoy making things, want to help people solve problems, and an enthusiasm for a career in IT
  • Have gained or be on track to gain at least a minimum of two A levels at grade A or above OR three A levels at grade C or above OR a BTEC Level 3 in Computing (or similar subject) or equivalent
  • Have good communication skills both verbal and written
  • Have strong organisational skills
  • Have some knowledge of computers and programming. 

Please see “Job Requirements” for more information.

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.

Criteria will be assessed through shortlisting (S), at Interview (I) or both (S&I)


You should have:

  • Gained or expected to gain a minimum of two A levels at grade A or above OR three A levels at grade C or above OR a BTEC Level 3 in Computing (or similar subject) or equivalent by September 2020 - please give subjects and results in CV (S)
  • Good written communication skills as demonstrated in your CV and cover letter (S)
  • Some knowledge of and enthusiasm for computer programming and/or hardware - your CV and/or cover letter should give example(s) of personal or school projects that involved learning about and using a programming language and/or hardware and what you enjoyed (S)
  • Desire to develop personally and professionally - your cover letter should explain why you have applied for this computing apprenticeship scheme and any activities you are involved in to help you develop personally and professionally (S)
  • Right to live and work in the UK (S)
  • Some experience of computer programming (I)
  • You will have written a simple programs, web page or app in any programming language (S)
  • Some knowledge of computer hardware and computer systems (I)
  • You will be able to describe the basic components of a computer system and be aware of the range of computer operating systems (S)
  • Ability to examine evidence and data in order to understand it and solve problems (I)
  • You will be able to work systematically through straightforward problems, study or examine numerical data in detail, in order to discover more about it and link it to their understanding of computer systems in order to gather evidence and find the cause of problems (S)
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a team (I)
  • You will have a good command of English (verbal and written) allowing them to be able to communicate well with other members of staff (S)
  • They will understand the importance of working well within a team (S)
  • Ability to work independently and manage small projects (I)
  • You will be able to demonstrate that they are able to plan and manage their own work, that they are conscientious and have the ability to pay attention to detail. (S)


You may have:

  • A qualification that involved work where you followed the design process – please give subject, project and results in CV
  • You may wish to describe the project in more detail in your cover letter (S)
  • A/AS level (or equivalent) in Computing or other scientific/technical discipline - please give subjects and results in CV (S)
  • A/AS level (or equivalent) in Mathematics - please give subjects and results in CV. (S)

Special Requirements

  • Be able to attend off-site training as required including overnight stays.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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:

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