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Student Software Engineer

Student Software Engineer

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing and helping to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and Stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

Job Description

Who are we looking for?

We have have an excellent opportunity for a Sandwich Student Software Engineer to join UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) for a period of 12 month (1 year) FTA to assist with the design, development, maintenance and support of software and data systems that are provided by the Control and Data Acquisition System (CODAS) & IT department. 

If you are currently studying for an undergraduate degree in computer science or software engineering or similar, then this vacancy might be the perfect opportunity for you! You must be self-motivated with a particular appetite for learning new technologies as well as be able to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical audiences.

What will you be responsible for?

  • Assisting with design and development of data access and visualisation tools.
  • Implementing and supporting with developer tools for use within the department or the wider organisation.
  • Contributing to research, discussion and exploratory work in support of any of the team’s objectives.
  • Assisting with design and development of new features for JET machine control/protection systems.
  • Providing help and support for software and scientific computing to local and remote users and collaborators. 

Essential skills, experience and competence required

  • Currently studying for an undergraduate degree in computer science or software engineering or similar (including joint honours with other STEM subjects) with an industrial placement year.
  • Analytical approach to solving complex problems.
  • Experience of programming in both a compiled and interpreted language with attention to code clarity.
  • Knowledge of some programming paradigms (such as object orientation, functional) and design principles.
  • Ability to use good software engineering practices such as version control and testing.
  • Basic experience with Windows and Linux/Unix operating systems.

Desirable skills, experience and competence

  • Experience with any of our core languages: Python,  C, C++ or IDL.
  • Experience of web development.
  • Knowledge of databases and SQL.
  • Knowledge of any aspect of control systems, data acquisition or embedded programming.
Additional Information

What we offer

  • A competitive salary  
  • A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors 
  • An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives 
  • Flexible working options including family friendly policies  
  • Emergency leave (paid) 
  • 30.5 days annual leave (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) increased with length of service 
  • Wide range of career development opportunities (e.g professional registration, internal promotions, coaching and mentoring programme)  
  • Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme  
  • Annual corporate bonus scheme  
  • Relocation allowance (if eligible) 

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. Our dedicated ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner, with the support from our Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 28th April 2021 . We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

Type of Employment
£19,000 + excellent benefits
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