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Pay starts at £27,390. On successful completion of the training, pay will rise to £31,305
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Graduate scheme
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Reliable and performant computing is essential for all modern scientific research.  Experiments are producing ever more data that needs to be analysed in ever more complex ways.  It is also not uncommon, when making scientific measurements for the limiting factor in the result to be due to the uncertainties in the simulations (which can often be improved with better computing).

The STFCs, Scientific Computing Department, needs computing systems engineers to design, build and run state of the art computing systems to support world leading research.  Those with a PhD in any scientific field are invaluable as they often understand exactly what researchers need to deliver the best results.

If this role interests you, we would very much like to hear from you.

About the Organisation

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory’s pioneering work in areas such as particle physics, scientific computing, laser development, space research, and technology addresses some of the important challenges facing society.  The laboratory is one of the national scientific research laboratories in the UK operated by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).  It is located on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus at Chilton near Didcot in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. It has a staff of approximately 1,200 people who support the work of over 10,000 scientists and engineers, chiefly from the university research community. The laboratory's programme is designed to deliver trained manpower and economic growth for the UK as the result of achievements in science.

The Scientific Computing Department manages high performance computing facilities, services and infrastructure, supporting some of UK's most advanced scientific facilities. Our staff, are made up of approximately 160 computing experts, offer services and products that help the scientific community to make vital discoveries and deliver progress. 

About the Role

The Scientific Computing Department is offering permanent employment as Computing Systems Engineers for successful candidates. The first year will be spent training to develop all the necessary skills.  Candidates who successfully complete the training will be promoted.  All training will be fully tailored to your particular experience, and may include (amongst others):

  • Service management experience 
  • Project management
  • Scripting languages
  • Linux system admin experience
  • Bespoke training tailored to each candidates particular needs

In addition to a wide range of tried and tested training, many of the courses will be specifically targeted to the syllabus of certification for such bodies as the Linux Foundation or Linux Professional Institute. 

When fully retrained, your role will be to work in one of many teams that support the complex computing systems which are critical for the analysis of STFC science.  In addition to the generalised skill set applicable to all, there would in addition be more specialised training available depending on the role/subject to which you have been appointed. For example that could be OpenStack training, VMware training or storage systems training dependent on the projects you are involved in.

Pay starts at £27,390. On successful completion of the training, pay will rise to £31,305 and you are likely to be eligible for additional specialist allowances.  We would expect successful candidates to be capable of progressing through the existing promotion mechanisms to at least 1 grade higher within the following five years – for which the minimum pay is £38,969. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity-driven, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

One of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale.

How to Apply

Online applications only for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for STFC and the role you’re applying for. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.

About UKRI

UK Research and Innovation brings together the nine organisations 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.

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us.

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