Senior Software Engineer

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
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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 Engineer

Salary: £39,748 to £44,166 per annum (dependent on skills and experience). A specialist allowance of up to £4000 per annum is also available for this role.
Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh.

We are looking to recruit a Senior Software Engineer to join as at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UKATC) in Edinburgh. Within this role you will be involved at every stage of the software development lifecycle. As a senior member of the team, you will have many opportunities to innovate, decide the technical direction of your projects and develop new technical solutions.

About this Opportunity:

In this Senior Software Engineer role, you will typically be working on one or two large development projects. The UKATC designs and builds ground and space-based instrumentation for large astronomical observatories around the world. The Software Engineering Group has an excellent reputation for developing bespoke astronomer-facing applications and instrument control software.

Your first project will be the development of software for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). You will be part of an agile software team leading the development of two key software applications for the SKA: the application used by astronomers to design their SKA observations, and the application that subsequently controls the SKA telescopes according to those observation designs.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • Designing and implementing software.
  • Developing test suites for the implemented software.
  • Deriving software requirements from use cases.
  • Documentation of designs, from architectural outlines for Conceptual Design Review through to detailed designs for Critical Design Review.
  • Supporting the integration and testing of the SKA software during the construction phase.

About you:

We are looking for someone with a degree, or equivalent, in the physical sciences or computer science and experience in working in a professional software development environment, with good knowledge of modern software development processes. You will have experience in using Python, Javascript/Typescript, C++, or similar OO languages and have excellent problem-solving skills.

Employee Benefits:

We are offering a permanent position that provides a whole host of benefits including; 30 days holiday (in addition to bank holidays), flexible working, training, an excellent pension scheme, employee shopping/travel discounts, a salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, plus many more benefits and wellbeing initiatives that enable our employees to have a great work life balance!

We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We are invested in creating an environment that is welcoming and supportive of all, to help us achieve the highest possible standards in our work and organisation together. In this regard, we encourage applications from under-represented groups.

How to apply:

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In your application please provide a CV and a Cover Letter which details your experience in relation to the criteria for this role.  Closing Date: 24th October 2021.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
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