STFC - ISIS - Graduate Software Engineer - Web Development
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We are looking for graduates to support the development of new software in the ISIS Neutron and Muon department within STFC.
ISIS is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. It supports a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists who use neutrons and muons for research in physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering and biology. It is the most productive research centre of its type in the world.
Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities
We need graduates to support us in the development of new software and systems for managing our user and experiment programme (mainly web development).
As part of a team you will be involved in all stages of the software development lifecycle, from requirements capture through modelling, coding, testing, deployment and running high quality production services. You will get to work in a range of teams and projects including Agile/Scrum and DevOps teams. You will be given real responsibility and ownership.
You will be expected to:
- Communicate and work with fellow software engineers, customers, scientists, engineers, and management including writing documentation for technical and non-technical users
- Design solutions making use of appropriate techniques and tools
- Write clear, well-structured code that implements the design and is easy to maintain
- Test and deploy your solutions, including helping to provide support after release
- Take an active role in both technical and non-technical meetings
- Participate in the wider department and STFC graduate training programme.
Once you are settled in, you will also be expected to:
- Lead work packages and projects through to completion
- Help colleagues with less experience get up to speed
- Supervise/mentor junior colleagues.
Training will be provided as necessary. In addition to a full induction and “on the job”training, you will have the opportunity to subscribe to professional online tutorial sites, attend conferences, attend technical courses, undertake various soft skills training and take part in our organisation-wide Early Careers conference, where you can network with other graduates and colleagues at the start of their career.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
As a starting point we expect you to have:
- A strong academic background and be on track to gain a First or 2:1 in computer science,software engineering or any other scientific/engineering degree
- Experience of developing software with significant exposure to object-oriented programming and with a good knowledge of development tools
- A professional approach with a “can do” attitude.
We also expect you to be able to:
- Work with others on projects and solve problems of varying complexity together
- Approach your work positively, with an open mind and be organised
- Demonstrate a systematic and analytical approach to problem solving
- Write and speak clearly in a way that is suitable for your audience
- Take initiative and work effectively with limited supervision at times.
If you have the experience, knowledge, and skills that we are looking for then we want to hear from you. We would also like to know what specific areas of software development interest you or you have experience in.
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