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Graduate Systems Developer - Accelerator Controls

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

ISIS is a neutron source located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK used for cutting edge research in material and biological sciences. Large quantities of diagnostic and control data are generated during the operation of the ion-source, linear accelerator and synchrotron. The Controls Group is responsible for the collection, dissemination of data related to the control and status of the accelerators and targets and the design and maintenance of the control systems that interface with the different systems.

The Control Infrastructure and Operations section is responsible for developing and maintaining the systems and networks used to control and monitor the ISIS accelerator, and developing the low-level interfaces. The Instrumentation and Control Section is responsible for developing and maintaining the control hardware, mostly PLC based, with different accelerator components and instrument interfaces.

The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary team involved in the design, manufacturing, test and installation of servers, network and control equipment for the ISIS accelerator.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Maintain and develop the controls system infrastructure.
  • Update and enhance monitoring and other support systems.
  • Work on software development projects in languages such as Python, C and C++, including interfacing to hardware.
  • Work on PLC development (hardware and software) for different control systems within ISIS.
  • Assist with keeping the ISIS accelerator controls system operational. This includes providing out of hours on-call support, bug fixing and integration of new features to existing applications.
  • UK and overseas travel will be required for conferences and collaboration work.
  • We recruit on a rolling basis therefore we recommend you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications will be reviewed and considered on an ongoing basis until our roles are filled.

In order to apply for this role you must have: 

  • Obtained your first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2019, 2020 or be due to receive it in 2021
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • The right to live and work in the UK

Essential Criteria:    

  • A software development or computing discipline
  • Experience in a language such as C, C++, Python or Java. 
  • Ability to adapt based on feedback from other developers and users 
  • The candidate will be required to become a monitored radiation worker
  • Good verbal communication skills

Desirable Criteria:

  • MSc / MEng in Computer Science, Control Systems or related discipline 
  • Industry work experience in programming PLCs for control system applications.
  • Experience with electrical components such as junction box design and construction
  • Experience reading electrical one-line diagrams. 
  • Proven track record working as part of a team 

Personal Skill and Attributes

  • An innovative and resourceful person with good analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrate a good balance between theoretical and hands-on work.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.


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.

For more information about STFC, please visit https://stfc.ukri.org/

How to Apply

Online applications only for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for 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.

About UKRI

UK Research and Innovation brings together nine organisations 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. More information can be found at www.ukri.org.

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