Salary: £38,969 to £44,300 (Depending on skills and experience and inclusive of annual allowance) Pro-rata for part-time
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full time/Part time (minimum 25 hours per week)
Closing Date: 28th August 2020
Whilst we are working remotely at the current time, this role will usually be based at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Harwell, Oxfordshire. Whilst we can be flexible with home working you will be required to report to the office when required.
At the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), one of Europe’s largest multidisciplinary research organisations, the expertise of our computing staff is key to making our research happen. Consequently we are committed to developing our staff, and training will be provided in relevant areas. We work with the very latest technologies to drive advances in both hardware and software that have genuine real world applications. Whether it is the search for the Higgs Boson and dark matter, analysing climate data or genomics, our systems tackle the biggest and most challenging problems in scientific computing.
About the role
The Scientific Computing Department (SCD) develops and manages the scientific computing infrastructure used to provide an extensive range of national and international science projects including the GridPP Tier1 computing facility for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project based at CERN, a large in-house OpenStack cloud as well as computing support for STFC facilities such as the ISIS Neutron and Muon Facility, the Central Laser Facility and the Diamond Light Source.
The Data Services Group, within SCD, runs multi-petabyte datastores to support these large scale facilities. The group currently has a vacancy for a software developer to join the team that manages disk and tape storage for experiments and users. These services include Ceph clusters that provide storage for LHC data and the implementation of a new tape archive service, CTA, in collaboration with CERN. You will work with other developers in the team and in the Software Engineering Group, database administrators, researchers, and system administrators. They will have opportunities to learn new skills and get involved in new technologies.
In addition to supporting and maintaining existing software there is also the opportunity to learn new skills and get involved in new technologies as well as opportunities to work with other "big data" projects and participate in research into scientific data management.
Key parts of the role:
* Work as part of the development team, maintaining Python services running on Linux platforms, managing the cataloguing and flow of scientific data to our large-scale data storage resources
* Develop and document well-structured code, including unit tests where appropriate
* Maintain existing performance monitoring infrastructure and identify new metrics and, where appropriate, migrate to modern monitoring frameworks
* Participate in code reviews and system integration tests before release to production
* Re-factor the existing code-base where appropriate to improve maintenance and or performance of the existing platform
* 3rd line support
* Act as a technical expert during interaction with the science communities and other developers in SCD to help understand, define and develop future requirements.
Technical Skills Required
* Strong software development skills (preferably Python)
* Skills in additional languages, e.g. C/C++, desirable
* Knowledge of SQL and understanding of database design and technologies, e.g. Oracle or PostgreSQL
* Knowledge of PL/SQL ,desirable
* Good understanding of distributed systems and scaling considerations
* Experience with integrated development environments (e.g. NetBeans, VS Code) and version control tools (ideally git)
* Experience developing in the Linux environment, including writing and maintaining shell scripts.
Personal Skills and Attributes
* Good communication skills both verbal and written
* The ability to work as a team member delivering commitments on time
* The ability to work independently
* An analytical approach to problem solving
* The ability to interact with scientists as well as external collaborators with diverse levels of technical ability.
Any other Relevant Information:
Able to undertake occasional UK and Overseas travel (usually 1-3 days, but up to 1 week), e.g. to conferences.
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.
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.
Shortlisting Criteria (S), Interview Criteria (I) or both (S&I)
* Strong software development skills (preferably Python) (S&I)
* Knowledge of SQL and understanding of database design and technologies, e.g. Oracle or PostgreSQL (S&I)
* Good understanding of distributed systems and scaling considerations (S&I)
* Experience developing in the Linux environment, including writing and maintaining shell scripts (S&I)
* Good written communication as demonstrated by the quality of the CV and application covering letter (S)
* Good communication skills (I)
* The ability to work as a team member delivering commitments on time (I)
* The ability to work independently (I)
* An analytical approach to problem solving (I).
* Skills in additional language, e.g. C/C++ (S&I)
* Knowledge of PL/SQL desirable; (S&I)
* Experience with integrated development environments (e.g. NetBeans, VS Code) and version control tools (ideally git) (S&I)
* Degree in a scientific or computing discipline (S).
Able to undertake occasional UK and Overseas travel (usually 1-3 days, but up to 1 week).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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