Senior Software Engineer

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Edinburgh, Scotland
Job Type
Full Time
Date Posted
7 days ago

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Job Description

STFC - The Science and Technology Facilities Council

Salary:£31,305 to £47,300 per annum (dependent on experience and inclusive of an annual role-based allowance)
Hours:Full Time
Contract Type:Permanent
Placed On:15th October 2020
Closes:22nd November 2020

About the role

We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer to join our team at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) based in the dynamic and attractive city of Edinburgh. This role involves designing and implementing software for the ALMA Observing Tool, the application used by astronomers to create proposals and design observations for the Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA). This is the world’s foremost radio interferometer at millimetre to sub-millimetre wavelengths. You will be working at a premier organisation dedicated to the development of world-leading scientific instruments for astronomy.

As a member of the UKATC software group, you will have opportunities to be involved in future instrument projects. You will be part of multi-disciplinary teams developing instruments for telescopes on demanding mountain-top locations around the world, and in Space. You will work in a friendly and flexible environment, in a beautiful site combining a historic observatory with modern state-of-the-art facilities.

Responsibilities of the role include:

  • Designing and implementing software for the new ALMA Observing Tool, including a browser-based user interface and a server back-end.
  • Developing test suites for the implemented software.
  • Documentation of the designs and software.
  • Production of progress reports.
  • Contributions to other projects as required.

About You

You will have a good background in the physical sciences or computer science, experience working in a professional software development environment, and an excellent knowledge of modern software development processes. While experience in astronomy is not essential, we expect you to be a quick learner and in exchange we offer excellent training opportunities. You will be a self-motivated individual, capable of working in a multi-disciplinary team with a proven record of accomplishment, delivering high-quality software to a technical specification.

You will also be reliable and flexible with good interpersonal skills, and have the ability to integrate and work effectively within the existing close-knit team. We are looking for someone with good written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, project partners and customers are essential.

You must be willing and able to travel to sites both in the UK and overseas.

Join our team

A part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), UK ATC is the national centre for the design and production of world-leading astronomical instruments and systems in the United Kingdom. As a science driven, professional engineering organisation, we employ state-of-the-art technology across all engineering disciplines in collaboration with academic and industrial partners around the world.

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

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Ensure you showcase your skills and how they relate to the criteria set out for this role.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please visit our job board at who are unable to apply online should contact us by email at [email protected]

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