SKA Software Developer


Direct Entry Job Permanent Didcot, UK

Uploaded 31 Aug 2020

Job Description

About Us

The Science & Technology Facilities Council is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is an entity that brings together nine partners 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.

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be the largest scientific facility on the planet. It will be the next generation radio telescope answering key questions in astronomy and astrophysics. The STFC RAL Space Department is part of a national consortium contributing to the UK SKA effort and will comprise of over 100 radio dishes and more than 100,000 radio antennae when completed. The SKA is expected to enter construction phases in 2021.

About the role

This is an opportunity to be involved in the largest scientific facility built in history and a chance to be involved in a multinational global cutting edge scientific project.

The RAL Space SKA team are looking to increase the size of their SDP software team with a new advanced developer who will join the SDP group working towards construction of the SKA. You will join the RAL team, working closely with both ourselves and our partner institutes (currently Oxford and Cambridge universities). This role will embrace the agile model and you should be flexible and open to new software technologies. 

What we offer

STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies, a subsidised restaurant and good public transport links. 

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. 

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

Person Specification

You will have a degree in mathematical, computational or science related subject or equivalent experience. Strong demonstrable software skills (Python), experience in astronomy or the space sector related environment and have experience of working in a software development environment including continuous integration tools (e.g. GitLab).

The successful candidate will also have a high level of drive, enthusiasm and focus on the achievement of goals. The ability to think creatively and seek continuous improvement is also essential. You should be able to work under pressure at times to meet short deadlines, with a flexible approach to software development and to embrace new challenges.