Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC255913
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £31305 - £34028
Date Posted 30 November 2020
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 18 January 2021
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £31,305 to £34,028 per annum (depending on skills and experience)
Grade: UKRI D
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 18th January 2021

Early applications are encouraged as STFC reserves the right to close the vacancy early.

About the Hartree Centre

If you're a passionate software engineer, this is an exciting opportunity to join the STFC Hartree Centre, a world renowned and well-established multi-disciplinary Sci-Tech organisation that is at the forefront of helping transform UK industries by accelerating the adoption of cutting-edge computing technologies. We have a highly capable computing environment including High Performance Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Distributed Systems/Edge, and hybrid multi-Cloud. Our staff are fundamental to our success and we value them highly. Reasons our staff enjoy working for us:

  • STFC is large & well-established; it has a large client/collaborator base, with formal job training & security
  • Our state-of-the-art Sci-Tech Daresbury campus is lively and dynamic, co-locating a number of exciting high-tech SMEs and multi-disciplinary collaborations including a co-located IBM Research Centre
  • Located in a picturesque semi-rural location with easy access to canal-side and woodland walking
  • Your learning & development is extremely important to us. You will work with your line manager to develop your own L&D plan each year requiring both technical and soft skills
  • A combination of on-site flexi-time working and home working
  • A truly excellent benefit pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 26%
  • 40.5 days leave per year (30 days annual leave + 10.5 public and privilege days).

About the Role

This is a chance to join the Hartree Centre’s Research Software Engineering group (RSE). Our vision is to deliver real customer value by engineering top quality software solutions that put Hartree’s cutting edge software & systems into the hands of our customers. Our software engineers have the opportunity to work on a diverse range of exciting projects, so an ability to communicate effectively with clients from a range of backgrounds is essential. Projects have a common theme to improve UK business productivity, and we work with partners of various sizes including SMEs, academics such as IBM Research & STFC scientists, and universities. Projects may last for a few weeks to a few years and are usually delivered by small teams. Some of the work will be commercial in confidence. Having a very supportive team culture is paramount in our centre; while we are serious about results, our experience of getting there is enjoyable and fun which we know is essential to the health and wellbeing of our team. Our developers are happy, and the scope for L&D is truly second to none, you will be able to develop your expertise in a wide range of the very latest server-side and client-side software and technologies. 

What you will do

  • Help define & build new features or applications based on technology and business needs
  • Write structured, tested, readable and maintainable code
  • Participate in code reviews to ensure code quality and present your work in knowledge exchange sessions
  • Deploy and scale applications using CI/CD
  • Manage your work through the use of Git, Jira and Agile
  • Create high-quality documentation, reports and Web content
  • Assist our Business Development team to help foster collaborations and new opportunities in the private and public sectors
  • Assist with use case analysis, requirements capture, and agile project planning
  • Support your teammates by continuing to learn and grow.

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.

The following criteria will be assessed at Shortlisting (S), at Interview (I) or both (S&I)


  • Background in software engineering (S)
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in a computer related discipline (S)
  • Some experience building frontend web applications with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript / TypeScript (S&I)
  • Server-side application development experience with at least one high-level programming language (e.g. Java, Python, JavaScript / TypeScript, Go) (S&I)
  • Hands on experience with data-tier technologies (S&I)
  • Excellent written communication skills (S)
  • Excellent verbal communication skills (I)
  • Can work as part of a team and independently (I)
  • Able to travel in the UK and occasionally abroad. (I)


  • Good customer facing skills and an aptitude for exploring use-cases & capturing user requirements (I)
  • Basic knowledge of Linux & basic system administration skills (S)
  • DevOps experience; we deploy to a range of cloud & computing platforms (I)
  • Some experience in HPC, Big Data or AI technologies will be an advantage (I)
  • Agile project experience in a commercial and/or research environment. (I)

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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