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Current starting salary of £26,932, plus annual incremental increase, a £1,000 welcome bonus and a £2,000 salary increase after the first year
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Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
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STFC - Scientific Computing Department - Scientific Computing Graduate

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.
Our graduates join us in a permanent position, starting a real job from day one. Graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills and technical training and development, as well as a direct route to professional accreditation. STFC graduates have the opportunity to build on their degree, taking their understanding, knowledge and skills to a new level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.
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 graduates with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these.
Scientific Computing Department
In the Scientific Computing Department (SCD) (, we research, develop and support leading edge high-performance computational & data storage infrastructures and scientific software to perform and support world class science. We have over 180 staff in roles such as systems management,  research software engineers and computational scientists developing projects and services to make a real difference to the scientific communities we support.  We help our communities by providing systems and software to help analyse, simulate and visualise research data.
Summary of Key Duties 
As a SCD graduate you’ll work on real life projects and services to help SCD in the development of new research data management systems, scientific software, compute, cloud and ‘Big Data’ services.
Working in a series of teams through the first two years you will make a real impact and be able to develop your expertise in: 
  • Linux, cloud and high performance computing  systems management and hardware
  • Data storage and management of large complex scientific datasets
  • Software engineering  and scientific software development
  • Project Management
  • Working with scientists to deliver to their requirements.
We use a large range of technologies and training is offered to ensure you have the right skills for the work. 
As a graduate in SCD you’ll undertake four 6 month projects with the outputs being used beyond the end of each project. You will work in operational teams and will be responsible for the technical development and outcomes of your project. 
Past project have included:
  • Deploying and running private Clouds using OpenStack
  • Software engineering of new tools to manage large scale data
  • Developing and installing new system tools to monitor 10,000s CPU cores and 100 Petabytes of data
  • Programming of new scientific analysis and simulation applications

More details on these projects can be found on our website

As your skills and abilities develop your level of responsibility will increase. 

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More about this vacancy

Number of vacancies: 
Up to 5