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Research Software Engineer

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Recruiter: UK Atomic Energy Authority
Listed on: 6th July
Location: Culham, Oxfordshire
Salary/Rate: £36,397 - £38,620
Type: Permanent
Start Date: 2021-07-06

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Research Software Engineer

Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK
Department: CODAS & IT
Salary: £36,397 to £38,620 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Confirmed Grade: Level 4
Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity as it is today. Are you interested in helping to shape the future of the world's energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.


Research Software Engineering, Software Developer

Job Description
Who we are looking for

UKAEA has an excellent opportunity for a Research Software Engineer (RSE) to join our successful team and collaborate on software with the researchers and technologists at Culham.

Software is critical to the success of our world-leading programmes, including STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production) which aims to establish a pathway to supply net energy by the early 2040s. You would work on a wide variety of software projects across UKAEA, making the most of your existing skills and building new ones.

What will you be responsible for?

Create, improve and extend software as part of research and technology projects with attention to writing clear, well-tested code.
Work with scientists and engineers to understand project requirements and provide software development and research computing assistance
Contribute to the RSE team and to project teams by participating in shared planning, problem solving and reviews, managing own tasks and communicating effectively
Participate in the research software community, building relationships within UKAEA and beyond to learn from colleagues and help with adoption of better software practices
Drive own development, keeping abreast of changes within the field of research software engineering and building skills and areas of specialism

This role allows you to use your software engineering skills in pursuit of one of humanity's grand challenges - making fusion energy a reality. This is an opportunity to be part of a cutting edge research projects whilst being able to share knowledge and find support and development opportunities within our large software engineering group.

Essential skills, experience and competence required

  • Degree in a scientific, engineering or technical subject + PhD or experience working in an academic or industrial research environment
  • Demonstrable experience of developing working, understandable software in at least one language used in scientific or engineering applications (particularly Python, C++, Fortran)
  • Familiarity with good development practices such as version control and software testing
  • Working knowledge of developing and deploying software on Linux platforms
  • Understanding of the software development life cycle and experience of writing software for use by others
  • Ability to communicate effectively and collaborate well on projects

Desirable skills, experience and competence

  • Knowledge of any of the research or technology disciplines related to UKAEA's activities, including but not limited to:
  • Engineering design/analysis, Plasma Physics, Tokamak Science, Robotics, Materials science
  • Computational modelling and numerical simulation
  • Experience of working with existing codebases and legacy scientific languages (e.g. older-style Fortran, C, IDL)
  • Familiarity with some relevant technologies: Git, Gitlab/GitHub, automated testing & CI, build systems, packaging, containerisation
  • Involvement in the RSE or computational science communities and/or experience of giving talks, training or helping to run events

Additional Information
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
  • Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme
  • Annual corporate bonus scheme

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 3rd of August 2021. We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

Please note, all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance - The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.