Software Engineer

Job Title: Software Engineer
Salary: £31,931 – £34,709 (Band D) or £39,748-£44,166 (Band E) gross per annum dependent on experience*
Location: RAL- Oxfordshire
Contract Type: Up to 4x 0pen-ended positions
Hours: Full Time (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants)
Visa Sponsorship: We are able to sponsor Visa applications, reimburse application fees, and encourage international candidates to apply. A relocation package may be available.

*This role may also be eligible for additional allowances depending on experience.

Come and do the kind of engineering that made you want to be an engineer. Stretch your technical skills while building human understanding. Promote sustainability and create new materials. And, alongside world-leading scientists and technologists, shape projects that improve lives, and daily life, in the UK and far beyond.

Put simply, come and discover the impact you can make when you’re equipped, encouraged and inspired to perform to your very best.

About the Role:

The Software and Control Systems Group maintains software ranging from the control of quantum computing hardware to providing quantum programming platforms for application engineers.

Our core dotnet (C#) platform provides a flexible architecture allowing components to be selected at runtime to form application-specific toolchains.
Components span a variety of programming languages (E.g., C#, C++, Python) and include:
• Cross-platform user interfaces
• Real-time Quantum Computer control (on-site Ion Trap and Superconducting systems)
• Quantum Simulation on our in-house HPC cluster
• Extension points to integrate with 3rd party tools and web-based Quantum platforms
• Transpilation and Optimisation of Quantum programming languages
• Hybrid Quantum/Classical algorithms
• Data analysis and monitoring
• Security and access control

Our Agile process encourages hands-on experience across the full quantum stack.

The successful candidate must exhibit a pragmatic attitude towards the work of others, particularly in a collaborative environment, whilst having a good eye for detail in interpreting and presenting technical performance data.

Not only is this an exciting role at the forefront of science and technology but the candidate will also gain excellent experience in large-scale systems integration across a variety of collaborations in the quantum computing ecosystem.

Person Specification:

This role requires someone who can work well as part of a multidisciplinary team, but also demonstrate autonomy within their area of responsibility. You will be proactive, self-motivated and able to work in a dynamic environment. You will be able to work/travel within the UK and overseas as and when required to attend international meetings with collaborators.

(Please note the below criteria will be assessed at Shortlisting or Interview stage as indicated)


Essential –
o Software design, development, and test (S&I)
o Essential – Educated to a to degree level or relevant experience in a computing-related discipline. (S&I)
o Significant knowledge of Software and Systems Architectures (S&I) (Required for Band E Only)
o Good communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to influence stakeholders (S&I)
o C#, C++, or Python Programming languages (S&I)
o Demonstrable experience in several of the following: (S&I) (Required for Band E Only)
o Agile Engineering Practices
o High-performance computing
o Compiler Engineering
o Enterprise integration design patterns
o Web application/web service development
o User interface/user experience development
o Micro-service and Microkernel architectures
o CI/CD Pipelines

Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits including a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.

We ask some of the biggest questions in the universe, to answer some of the biggest challenges in the world. Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers and business-support team explore the unknown across every field you could think of. And they turn what they find into work that changes the world around us.

What could you achieve with the world-leading facilities and experts of one of Europe’s largest research organisations by your side?

Join us and discover what’s possible!

About Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we ask the biggest questions in the universe to find answers that change the world around us. We seek understanding. We’re proud of the impact we make. And we’re committed to helping build a globally competitive, knowledge-based UK economy. Being part of all this means contributing to work that pushes boundaries and creates possibilities. You’ll work with, and learn from, true experts. Whatever your role, you’ll be free to question, and encouraged to share ideas. And, in a positive and supportive culture, you’ll discover just what a difference you can make when you’re equipped and inspired to excel.

We’re a place where curious minds thrive. Not bound by profit, we explore ideas that others don’t, ask questions that others won’t, and discover answers that others are not equipped to find. And, alongside Mars landings and black holes, we also explore diverse, international projects in everything from science and engineering to computing and technology. Whether it’s at the cutting edge or behind the scenes, our work is intellectually challenging. It’s very often ground-breaking. And it’s endlessly, irresistibly fascinating.

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About UK Research Innovation (UKRI)

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation.

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Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and a salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme. For more details, visit the benefits of working for UKRI.

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As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, perform essential job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

How to apply

Online applications are only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and cover letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. 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 an application without a cover letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted cover letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application.

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