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Recruiter: UK Atomic Energy Authority
Listed on: 3rd March
Location: Culham
Salary/Rate: £36,397 - £52,293
Type: Permanent
Start Date: 2021-03-03

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Software Engineer
Culham, Oxfordshire
Department: RACE Operations
Salary: £36,397 to £52,293 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Salary band: £30,000 to £39,999 per annum
Confirmed Grade: Level 4 / Level 5
Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire
Company Description
Do you want to play a part in bringing clean energy to the world?
Fusion, the process that powers the Sun, is the ultimate energy source, offering abundant low-carbon electricity for generations to come.
UKAEA is at the forefront of global fusion research. Our mission is to lead the delivery of sustainable fusion energy and maximise scientific and economic benefit.
RACE (Remote Applications in Challenging Environments) is based at Culham, within UKAEA, specialising in remote handling and automated systems.
There has never been a more exciting time to join UKAEA. We are growing rapidly as an organisation. The jobholder will join the RACE Department. RACE has a large growing team of Software Engineers dedicated to the development and integration of robotics systems. You will be part of a highly skilled team delivering cutting edge robotic solutions for remote handling applications in fusion and many other industries.
Who are we looking for?
Do you have extensive experience creating intricate solutions in a diverse range of complex environments?
RACE is seeking talented software engineers with a proven track record. You will be responsible for leading projects with expertise in software development, producing digital twin environments, and working on the design and execution of research projects relating to robotics and haptic tele-operation. With a focus on developing remote handling systems for the next generation of power stations, this role will support the UK effort to apply novel technologies to all challenging and harsh environments for the protection of people and advancement of the industry.
What will you be responsible for?
The main responsibilities of the role will include:
- Specification, design, and development of software for robotic systems
- The design and implementation of graphical user interfaces
- Improving and extending existing software systems used for remote handling robotics
- Diagnosing issues and proposing solutions considering both technical and human factors
- Working with a team to solve problems, plan work, share knowledge, and help others
- Representing RACE with customers and collaborators
Essential qualifications, skills, experience and competence required
- A Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Software Engineering or technical subject, or equivalent knowledge and experience
- Experience of developing software used by others in an academic and/or professional environment
- Demonstrable ability to develop working, understandable software in at least one language used in relevant applications (e.g. C++, Qt, Python)
- A strong understanding of software engineering techniques and design principles including lifecycle, version control (Git, SVN etc.), and documentation
- Familiarity with good development practices throughout the software development lifecycle such as version control and testing
- The ability to apply design principles such as Object Oriented design
- The appetite and ability to learn and apply new technologies
- The ability to communicate effectively at all levels and collaborate well on projects
Desirable skills, experience and competence
- Experience in Robotics / Machine Learning / Computer Vision / Automated Planning / Graphical User Interfaces (GUI).
- Knowledge of mathematical modelling and optimisation
- Familiarity with system modelling UML/SysML would be beneficial
- General interest in mobile robotics and engineering
- Understanding of sensor fusion techniques
Special requirements
- International travel to customers and collaborators' sites may be required
What we offer
- A competitive salary 
- A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors
- An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives
- Flexible working options including family friendly policies 
- Emergency leave (paid)
- 30.5 days' annual leave (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) increased with length of service
- Wide range of career development opportunities (e.g. professional registration, internal promotions, coaching and mentoring programme) 
- Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme 
- Annual corporate bonus scheme 
- Relocation allowance (if eligible)
We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. Our dedicated ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion' (EDI) partner, with the support from our Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire
Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 03/04/21 (included). We may close the vacancy earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.
Please note, we welcome applications across 2 levels, the level is determined by skills and experience against the set criteria. The level 4 role attracts a salary range of £36,397 to £38,620 (inclusive of MPP) and the level 5 attracts a salary of £49,396 to £52,293 (inclusive of MPP).
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