Software Developer for Linux Based Engineering Systems – Industrial Placement Contract

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The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity-driven, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering.

Science and Technology Facilities Council

The UKRI Microelectronics Centre based at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is an expert Centre dedicated to stimulating and supporting the use of complex engineering software on both local and cloud computing platforms.

This demanding role using DevOps principles is a fusion of system architecture and software development, which will provide wide experience of the development and configuration of systems. Focusing especially on automated processes, you will create customisable Linux virtual machines containing fully configured engineering software installations.

You will develop configuration management code for systems that automate the deployment of virtual machines that include pre-configured installations of complex engineering CAD software.  For cloud based deployment, this will also include customisation and configuration of virtual private clouds, elastic IPs and multiple machine instances.

In order to apply for this role you must have: 


  • At university, enrolled on an undergraduate degree course and required or have requested to take a year out of studies to gain experience within industry
  • Right to live and work in the UK
  • Studying relevant degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science or similar with degree content relevant to the vacancy
  • Good user knowledge of Linux computing
  • Proven programming ability especially in languages suited to scripting
  • Good understanding of the principles of virtualisation and virtualisation technologies
  • Clear, comprehensive, credible and coherent application, with good written skills
  • Conscientious, reliable, hardworking and flexible attitude with good communication skills
  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities


  • Understanding of the principles behind Linux operating systems and their administration
  • Experience of cloud computing and/or AWS configuration scripting language
  • Appreciation of the concepts and benefits of containerisation e.g. Docker, Kubernetes etc
  • Experience of using virtual machine systems e.g. Hyper V, VMware etc

Please note: If we receive a sufficient amount of applications, we reserve the right to close the advertisement early.

About STFC 
The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity-driven, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.
One of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale.

How to Apply 
Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation to join STFC and the role you’re applying for. 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 your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered. You will only be assessed on the content of your CV and covering letter and not the ‘experience’ section of the application.
About UKRI 
Launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Our organisation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK 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.

How we support EDI in the workforce 
At UKRI we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to flourish and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community.

Disability Confident Employer 
As a Disability Confident employer, UKRI will offer an interview to a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for the job (this is the description of the job as set by the employer). To enable us to do this we ask the appropriate questions within the candidate application.

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