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Automated Customer Systems Web Developer - Industrial Placement

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The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, technology and Engineering. 

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Each year we offer opportunities to undergraduate students to gain practical experience, working alongside technical experts at the forefront of scientific research. We offer an invaluable experience with exposure to world class science and technology, and the opportunity to develop working relationships that continue well after your placement has finished.

STFC consists of several distinct departments which each focus on a different specialism within science, technology, innovation and support, yet work together to achieve STFC’s grand ambitions. Different departments may look for placement students with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these. 

UKRI Microelectronics Centre

Based at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, the UKRI Microelectronics Centre is dedicated to stimulating and supporting the use of complex engineering software and supports a large international customer base. We have an opportunity for you to join a small team of highly experienced engineers and system developers, where you will contribute to development of systems to automate processes including secure customer web interfaces, data management and back-end visualisation systems.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

This challenging role will provide broad experience of developing secure on-line systems for customer support and also systems for complex reporting and visualisation of data by management.

You will develop enhancements to existing web-based systems that provide customer portals for access to various technologies and also systems that allow semi-autonomous submission of requests for access to additional technologies. Security of data is fundamental and all systems are developed with rigorous procedures requiring meticulous attention to detail in secure coding processes.

You will gain wide experience of development of online systems utilising dynamic webpages across multiple platforms, close coupled databases and security controlled file systems. Opportunity for development of enhancements to User Interfaces (both external customer and internal management) will also be gained.

Organization Description

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.


  • At university, enrolled on an undergraduate degree course and required or have requested to take a year out of studies to gain experience within industry (S)
  • Right to live and work in the UK (S)
  • Studying relevant degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science or similar with degree content relevant to the vacancy (S)
  • Proven ability in software development (S&I)
  • Good understanding of HTML and CSS (S&I)
  • Appreciation of the principles web design and dynamic served content (S&I)
  • Solid grasp of modern online system security principles (I)
  • Understanding of how data may be mapped to database architectures (I)
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal (in English) (S&I)
  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities. (I)


  • Experience of Linux systems (S&I)
  • Experience server side scripting e.g. Coldfusion, JavaScript etc. (S&I)
  • Appreciation of how to develop good user interfaces (S&I)
  • Knowledge of SQL. (S&I)


 Automated Customer Systems Web Developer - Industrial Placement - IRC250830

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