Software Engineer - Sandwich Student - Placement

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
09 Oct 2018
06 Nov 2018
Start Date
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 sandwich 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.

In the Scientific Computing Department (SCD), we research, develop and support leading edge scientific software and high-performance computational and data storage infrastructures to perform and support world-class science. We help research communities to store and transfer research data from small to large scale and provide software to analyse, simulate, visualise and locate research data.

The Software Engineering Group is in the Scientific Computing Department. We design, implement and support a wide range of software enabling researchers to catalogue & discover their experimental data; capture analysis workflows; make links between data, publications and software and support the research software development lifecycle.

The technologies used for this include Java, Python, C#, Ceph, web services, JSON, virtualisation as well as enterprise databases such as Oracle and MySQL, applications servers such as IIS and Paraya, enterprise technologies such as ActiveMQ, and a wide range of Linux and Windows technologies.


This placement will involve the specification, design, programming, testing, deployment and documentation of software solutions to meet the data management and processing needs of our user communities.

Personal Skills and Attributes

You should be studying computer science, software engineering or any other IT related discipline, combined with significant exposure to software development. Experience of software development in Java, Python, C# or similar language is essential. Knowledge of relational database design and SQL would be an advantage but is not essential.

The placement will involve contact with developers and project managers in the group as well as STFC scientists and users.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria


  • studying for a degree in computer science, software engineering or a strongly related subject
  • right to live and work in the UK

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • excellent knowledge of a modern, object-oriented language such as Java, C# (S & I)
  • good knowledge of relational databases and SQL (S & I)
  • good knowledge of software development methodologies (S & I)
  • good knowledge of software design patterns and techniques (S & I)

  • good knowledge of scripting languages such as Python (S & I)
  • good knowledge of version control systems such as git or svn (S & I)
  • good knowledge of web development technologies or frameworks (S & I)
  • good knowledge of Linux (S & I)

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes

  • excellent written and oral communication skills (S & I)
  • demonstrate good team working capabilities (S & I)
  • the willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical (S & I)
  • open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them (S & I)

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. More information can be found at .

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.

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