Research Software Engineer

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Didcot, UK
£31,931 - £44,166 per annum
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

Job Details

Research Software Engineer / Senior Research Software Engineer
Salary Band D £31,931 - £34,709, Band E £39,748 - £44,166
Hours: Full time.
Benefits: 30 days holiday + 8 bank holidays + 2.5 privilege days + exceptional defined average salary pension + excellent work life balance
Contract Type: Open Ended.
Location: STFC - Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot OX11 0QX
Closing date for applications: Tuesday 7th February 2023

At STFC, we ask some of the biggest questions in the universe, to answer some of the biggest challenges in the world. Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers and business-support team explore the unknown across every field you could think of. And they turn what they find into work that changes the world around us.

Come and do the kind of computing that got you into technology in the first place. Work with cutting-edge tech and world-leading scientists and engineers. And harness the power of some of the country's most advances supercomputers to tackle work that improves daily life in the UK and far beyond.

Put simply, come and discover the impact you can make when you're equipped, encouraged and inspired to perform to your very best.
The Scientific Computing Department (SCD) provides large-scale computing facilities, computing data services and infrastructure at both Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire. Made up of data infrastructure, and scientific computing and computation groups, the expertise and intelligence SCD provides UKRI, underpins almost every key calculation across the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and beyond.

We are currently recruiting 4 Research Software Engineers to join a team of experts to provide advanced computing for leading-edge science alongside developing and operating a wide variety of Digital Research Infrastructures. The posts may be at senior position depending on the experience of the candidate.

About the Role
In this forward-thinking role, you'll work in cross-project teams developing tools and services for advanced systems. You'll be collaborating with our service users as they research into some of the toughest questions facing the world today, such as discovering new materials to help reduce waste, or exploring how we might change our cities to tackle climate change

You'll be gaining deep, hands-on expertise with the latest cloud-native tools, practices and data management technologies, building novel data and modelling platforms, and be part of a team who are creating tangible, positive change for generations to come.

Band D essential skills:

  • Experience working with modern programming languages, for example Python, Javascript, JavaExperience of working within an agile software development processExperience of Software Engineering tools, methods and processes.Experience with working with external users for requirements capture and systems supportWorking within a Linux environment

Band E essential skills all of the above, plus:

  • Experience in software systems designExperience in leading development on system components.

Employee Benefits:

  • We are offering a permanent position with a whole host of benefits including:30 days holiday (in addition to 10.5 bank holidays and privilege days).Flexible working hours.An excellent defined average salary pension scheme.Employee shopping/travel discounts.Excellent learning and development opportunities.

We are committed to sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. We are invested in creating an environment that is welcoming and supportive of all, to help us achieve the highest possible standards in our work and organisation together. In this regard, we encourage applications from under-represented groups.

What could you achieve with the world-leading facilities and experts of one of Europe's largest research organisations by your side? Join us and discover what's possible.


STFC imageAt the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), research is driven by practical applications and a curiosity to create a world-leading hub of scientific and engineering excellence. Our science and facilities enable researchers to answer fundamental questions about the nature of the universe. Success typically requires long-term strategic investment, international collaboration on a global scale and the capability to push the limits of technology and engineering. To remain internationally competitive in our areas of science and to keep our facilities at the leading edge, we have to develop bespoke technology that cannot be reliably sourced on the open market, for example in detectors and instrumentation, accelerators, specialist engineering, optics and e-infrastructure. These technologies are often also applied to address broader societal and industrial challenges and we actively promote their translation and commercialization.

Why work for us
When you join STFC, you become a key part of one of Europe’s largest research organizations. We are trusted to support, enable, and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields that you could be a part of. With access to our world-class facilities, people like you are helping us to drive ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology.

  • The Particle Physics Department (PPD) is one of the largest particle physics groups in the UK. We design, construct and operate some of the most sensitive scientific instruments in the world, collaborating with partners in academia, industry and international laboratories such as CERN. We currently work with the ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, DUNE, Hyper-K, T2K, MICE, Lux-Zeplin, DEAP-3600, CERN RD50, Electron Ion Collider and AION collaborations.
  • The National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) is a £93m UKRI investment over five years based at the Harwell Campus. This is a strategic element within the overall £1bn, 10-year investment into quantum technologies made by the UK since 2014.

Our benefits

  • 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days.
  • Flexible or hybrid working may be available dependent on role.
  • Defined benefit pension scheme (employer contribution – currently up to 26%).
  • Sport and social groups across campus with access to an on-site gym.

For more information on all of our employee benefits, visit

Who we are looking for
The UK has a world-class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the World Wide Web. Therefore it is vital for us to have the best people at all levels throughout UKRI. We want to continue to attract a mix of talented professionals, scientists and engineers.


Number of employees
STFC has 2594 staff members across the UK and UKRI has approx. 8000

Main areas of research
Our work encompasses everything from the physical, biological and social
sciences, to innovation, engineering, medicine, the environment, as well as arts and the humanities

Positions recently recruited for
Electronic engineers, data scientists, research associates CMS/DUNE, research associate on electron ion collider (EiC), ion trap physicists

Desired degree disciplines/class
A STEM degree

How to apply
Apply online at 

Closing date
All year round

Quantum physics and computing vacancies: E-mail
Particle physics vacancies: E-mail

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Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
OX11 0QX
United Kingdom

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