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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 engineering and computational science 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, computing and cloud platforms.

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, 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 real 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 projects 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
  • As your skills and abilities develop your level of responsibility will increase.

We recruit on a rolling basis therefore we recommend you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications will be reviewed and considered on an ongoing basis until our roles are filled.

In order to apply for this role you must have:

  • Obtained your first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2019, 2020 or be due to receive it in 2021
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • The right to live and work in the UK

Essential Criteria:   

At least one of the items listed below. These may have been gained as part of a final year project.

  • Experience of Linux system management, clouds, PC/server hardware or networking 
  • Programming experience, preferably in one of Javascript, C, C++ and Python, or similar 
  • Experience of Software engineering methodologies 

Plus at least one of the following:

  • Managing a project 
  • Using scientific computational software 
  • Working in a team 
  • Understanding of IT security 
  • Ability to communicate technical information to different audiences 

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes

  • The willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical 
  • Open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them 
  • Good communication skills, able to influence people at all levels 
  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities 

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 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. 

Additional Information

  • Organisation: Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
  • Contract Type: Open Ended
  • External Closing Date: Oct 30, 2020
  • Minimum Salary: Pound Sterling (GBP) 27,390
  • Hours: Full-time

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