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Lead Developer 

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Research England

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29th May


Bristol (Hybrid)


£65,262 - £65,262



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Lead Developer 

Salary: £65,262 per annum 

Hours: Full Time 

Contract Type: Fixed Term until December 2029 

Location: Westward House, Stoke Gifford, Bristol (hybrid working) 

Grade: UKRI Band G 

Closing Date: 26th June 2024 


About the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, with the most recent exercise concluding in 2021. It is a peer review assessment process involving submissions from higher education institutions across the UK. Research England delivered REF 2021 on behalf of the four UK funding bodies and the results have driven the annual distribution of approximately £2 billion of research funding to UK universities. 


Purpose of the role 

An exciting opportunity to lead and shape the design, development, and delivery of the UK's next research assessment exercise. 

We require systems to be delivered to support: 

  • Administration of the exercise 
  • The submission of large volumes of research data from all participating HEIs 
  • The distribution and assessment of all elements of the research data submitted 

Working in an agile development team following a user centered design approach. We require passionate and innovative full-stack developers working with a combination of bespoke software and off the shelf products to produce a robust, accessible, and performant suite of systems to support the exercise over the next 5 years. 

Key areas of accountability 

Development process optimisation 

Stakeholder Management 

Programming and build (software engineering) 

Availability and capacity management 

Information security 


Service support 

Systems design 

Systems integration 

User Focus 

Modern standards approach 


Core skills 

  • Extensive experience of Agile software development and working in SCRUM teams  
  • Evidence of contributing to the design of integration solutions between various systems within our architecture  
  • Demonstrable experience designing, coding and debugging systems including NodeJS/express, RESTful APIs, React  
  • Excellent skills in web front end technologies such as HTML, CSS, etc. 
  • Excellent knowledge of relational databases including data modelling, SQL scripts, stored procedures  
  • Extensive experience with source control systems, including branching, merging, etc.  
  • Experience with continuous integration and continuous deployment  
  • Experience designing and working with n-tier architectures (UI, Business Logic Layer, Data Access Layer) along with experience with microservice oriented architectures  
  • Experience of working in AWS/Azure and setting up complex programmes/projects 
  • Extensive experience of design patterns such as SOLID and TDD  


Additional information 

Developing talent

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. 


UKRI can offer the successful candidate: 

- Flexible Working 

- 30 days annual leave + Public Holidays 

- Access to Civil Service Pension Scheme 

- Various everyday discounts through our dedicated provider 


Lead Developer

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