Research Software Engineer/Scientist

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Harwell, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 19 Jul 2020

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire

Full time (or significant Part Time 28hrs/week)

About The Role

We have an opening in our scientific software team for a developer to professionalise data analysis and modelling programs used in cutting edge research using neutron scattering and muon spectroscopy. Your role will be to transform bespoke scientific software into user friendly and maintainable tools for the wider neutron and muon community.

Who are we?

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science research organisations. We are trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an extraordinary diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we are driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.

ISIS is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. We support a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists for research into subjects ranging from clean energy and the environment, pharmaceuticals and health care, through to nanotechnology and materials engineering, catalysis and polymers, and on to fundamental studies of materials.

Our team develops the software which underpins this research, processing the raw data from the spectrometers, and subsequently allows scientists to analyse this data. We collaborate with scientists and developers in many institutions world-wide.

About you

You will have a background in software development using C++, a good understanding of tools and frameworks for automating testing and building of software, version control and a degree in computing or equivalent experience. Experience of software development on parallel architectures, such as MPI, is essential. You will have a strong interest in, or awareness of, scientific research. A STEM postgraduate qualification would be an asset. You should be a team player, have a positive ‘can do’ attitude and be able to communicate effectively with developers and scientists alike.


We offer opportunities for professional development in many areas, and the chance to travel to conferences and workshops both in the UK and internationally. We place a strong emphasis on achieving a healthy work-life balance and offer 30 days annual leave and flexible working hours. There is an on-site nursery and a wide variety of subsidised sports and social clubs and societies. You will be enrolled on an exceptional pension scheme. There will be a relocation allowance.

How To Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.

Applications are received by UK SBS; to apply please visit our job board at . Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

Closing date for all applications is: 19th July 2020.

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