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Software Team Lead

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Didcot, UK
£50702.0 - £56336 per annum
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

Job Details

Salary: £50,702 + A Specialist of Allowance of up to £3000 per annum is also available for this role.
Band F
: Full time or Part time (25 hours per week min)
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: Wednesday 28th March 2023

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.

We have a new opportunity for a passionate Software Team Lead within our Data and Software Engineering Group ( ( in the Scientific Computing Department ( (, offering an excellent opportunity for career development and an exceptional benefits package.

You will join our multi-disciplinary, diverse and inclusive team developing and delivering software solutions, and in particular data management solutions for the large-scale scientific facilities that we support: the Diamond Light Source, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, and Central Laser Facility, all based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, UK. Most of our software components rely on Java and python for the back-end (see e.g. the ICAT project, (, and React/Typescript/Redux in the front-end (see e.g. DataGateway,

You will work alongside service and project managers, DevOps and software engineers to maintain, improve and further develop the data management software solutions and their deployment strategies, engaging with scientists and engineers within the scientific facilities to ensure that the services provided meet their needs and continue to evolve to meet their future needs. You will lead a team of engineers to drive improvements.

About the role:

  • Lead the technical team (e.g. DevOp and software engineers) that delivers our software solutions for data management, holding regular 1:1s meetings with the engineers and motivating them to do their best work;
  • Support the progression between software development and services in production, applying standard methodologies for deployment and improving our deployment strategies, including continuous deployment using containers and orchestration);
  • Address software upgrades and security concerns of the services supported by the group;
  • Support the work of scientific facilities by analysing and implementing their requirements;
  • Lead in the software implementation and deployment tasks, providing guidance ensuring professional standards;
  • Work with collaborators from diverse scientific backgrounds at partner institutions, and researchers in different groups within STFC, to design, implement and support the research data cycle from creation to publication.

To be successful you will need:

  • Experience of working within an agile software development process;
  • Experience of leading a dynamic, agile team;
  • Good customer focus, eliciting new requirements, improving the service provided, solving problems, and running projects to completion;
  • Ability to provide strategic direction for developing and deploying the software components that are part of our research data management solutions for the facilities;
  • Experience in technical leadership of software development projects.

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 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.

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.

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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