Senior Software Engineers / Software Engineers

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, January 10, 2020
Archive Date: 
Friday, February 7, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

Senior Software Engineers / Software Engineers

UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh

Salary: £30,782 to £46,476


Full Time


We have three brilliant new opportunities for Software Engineers to join our team at our UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) at Edinburgh, and be part of either our ALMA, SKA or MOONS project. The UK ATC is the national centre of expertise for the design and production of state of the art astronomy instruments and systems. You will develop software for the world's leading astronomy facilities to probe the Universe and discover its secrets.

The UK ATC provides a friendly and flexible environment, on a beautiful site combining a historic observatory with modern state-of-the-art facilities. You will have experience designing and developing software systems involving one or more of; concurrent systems, object oriented development, user interface design and implementation, the control and monitoring of complex hardware systems

Working at one of the premier astronomy technology centres in the world, in the dynamic and attractive city of Edinburgh, you will be a key part of technical teams developing software for telescopes and instrumentation on demanding remote sites and in space.  You will be joining a stimulating, science driven, professional engineering organisation and contributing to our multi-disciplinary, international, engineering and scientific endeavours in astronomy. You could also be helping to expand applications of our technology in environmental and medical research.

 We are looking for reliable and flexible people with good interpersonal skills who have the ability to integrate and work effectively within the existing close-knit team. Good written and verbal communication skills (in English) and the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, project partners and customers are essential.

You must be willing and able to travel to our collaborator’s sites both in the UK and overseas.


As part of UK Research and Innovation, STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, and an exceptional defined benefit pension scheme.

How to apply

These roles will stay open until candidates are appointed therefore early applications are encouraged as applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 7, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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