Software Engineer Group Leader

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 17 Feb 2023

Software Engineer Group Leader

Salary: £50,702 to £56,336 per annum (dependent on skills and experience). A Specialist of Allowance of up to £5000 per annum is also available for this role.
Hours: Full time.
Contract Type: Open Ended.
Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh.

Closing date for applications Friday 17th February

Come and do the kind of computing that got you into technology in the first place. Working with cutting-edge tech alongside world-leading scientists and engineers.

Put simply discover the impact you can make when you're equipped, encouraged and inspired to perform to your very best.

The UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) is the UK’s national centre for the design and production of leading edge astronomical instrumentation and systems. We have a friendly and flexible work environment, on a beautiful site combining the historic Royal Observatory Edinburgh architecture with state-of-the-art modern laboratories.

Here at UK ATC we now have an opportunity for an experienced software engineer to work across a range of projects for major observatories, such as the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA) and the Very Large Telescope (VLT) and Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), and also to lead the UKATC software group, managing the work of the group and defining its future strategy.

In addition to working on one or more astronomy projects, you will be responsible for the overall leadership and management of the software group, ensuring good engineering principles and procedures within the group. Working with senior engineers you will have a leadership role in delivering our programme and developing our future strategy.

A scientific research background would be useful but is not essential.

Person Specification


• A good honours degree (or equivalent)
• Experience working in a professional software development environment, delivering software to a formal technical specification
• Significant demonstrable experience leading software project teams, ideally in an agile software development context
• Experience of Python, Java, Javascript/Typescript, C++, or similar OO languages
• Excellent problem-solving skills
• Excellent communication and negotiation skills

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.

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.

How to Apply

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation to join STFC and the role you’re applying for. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered. You will only be assessed on the content of your CV and covering letter and not the ‘experience’ section of the application.

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