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Research Software Engineer

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Recruiter: UK Atomic Energy Authority
Listed on: 18th August
Location: Culham
Salary/Rate: £36,397 - £38,620
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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Research Software Engineer
-Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK
-Full-time
-Department: Fusion Technology - Technical Department
-Salary: £36,397 to £38,620 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
-Confirmed Grade: Level 4

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

Job Description
Who are we looking for?
We have a great opportunity for a Research Software Engineer with a degree in a scientific, engineering or technical subject, PhD or experience working in an academic or industrial research environment  as well as  an ability to communicate effectively and collaborate well on projects 
As a Research Software Engineer you will maintain and improve the fusion power plant design code PROCESS for UKAEA under a variety of programmes in collaboration with scientists and engineers, and provide expertise including help, advice and training for PROCESS. You will be working on integrated power plant design software to enable work on next generation fusion power plants. 
If you have working knowledge of developing and deploying software on Linux platforms and you are able to work well in a team, manage multiple tasks and engage with users and identify requirements and issues, then we would like to hear from you.

What will you be responsible for?
-Developing or improving/extending PROCESS as part of the technology programme focusing on the modernisation of PROCESS.
-Diagnosing issues and propose solutions considering both technical and human factors
-Working with scientists and engineers to understand project requirements and discuss potential areas for future collaboration
-Contributing to the PROCESS team by participating in shared planning, problem solving and reviews, sharing knowledge and helping colleagues
-Managing own tasks over days or weeks with attention to quality, timescales and communication
-Providing software development and research computing help and support to PROCESS user group

Qualifications
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, Fortran)  
-Understanding of the software development lifecycle and experience of writing software for use by others
-Ability to learn and apply new technologies, to assist in proactively seeking out new software tools and techniques to aid in power plant design
-Familiarity with good development practices such as version control and software testing
-Ability to communicate effectively and collaborate well on projects 

Desirable skills, experience and competence
-Any of the research or technology disciplines related to UKAEA's activities
-Data and signal analysis and visualization /Database and web development
-Computational modelling and numerical simulation
-Experience of working with existing codebases and legacy scientific languages (eg older-style Fortran, C, IDL) 
-Familiarity with some relevant technologies: Git, Gitlab/Github, automated testing & CI, build systems, packaging, containerisation
-Using scientific computing platforms such as compute clusters, HPC or cloud systems 
-Involvement in the RSE community 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 (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. The Executive team with support from our EDI ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion' (EDI) partner and 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 18th September 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.