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Salary: £38,318 – £44,576 (dependent upon qualifications and experience and inclusive of annual allowance)
Grade: UKRI-E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time/Part Time (minimum 18.5 hours per week)
Closing Date: 1st May-2019
Interview Date: 10th May-2019

About the Hartree Centre

At the Hartree Centre we want to see UK businesses outperform their global competitors. We want to grow the economy, create skilled jobs and train people to excel. We’re making all this happen and more by helping UK industry to be at the forefront of technical innovation with the use of the latestDigital, High Performance Computing (HPC), Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.

We have a technically exciting computing environment, encompassing a wide range of hardware and software. Our staff are key to our success and we value them highly. Reasons our staff enjoy working for us:

  • our state-of-the-art Sci-Tech Daresbury campus is lively and dynamic, co-locating a number of exiting high-tech SMEs and multi-disciplinary collaborations
  • located in a picturesque semi-rural location with easy access to canal-side and woodland walking
  • your personal development is important to us. You will work with your line manager to develop your own Learning and Development plan each year including both technical and ‘soft’ skills
  • flexi-time working is available
  • an excellent benefit pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 26%
  • 30 days’ annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days
  • high profile collaborations with organisations such as Rolls-Royce, EDF Energy, Dyson, Jaguar Landrover, Bentley, BAR, Unilever, and Schlumberger.

About the Role

We are looking for talented and experienced Research Software Engineers to join our growing team (7 staff by mid-2019). Research Software Engineering is a key role at Hartree, to support our goals of developing high quality, re-usable digital assets, and building easy-to-use interfaces to complex scientific and business workflows. Hartree RSEs work with a wide range of technologies, including Data Analytics, HPC, AI, Cloud and Web/mobile. You will be involved in all stages of the project lifecycle, undertaking requirements gathering and planning, design and implementation and ongoing support. Projects may last for few weeks or a few years and are usually delivered by a small team working closely with an industrial customer.

Duties include:

  • applying best practice software development methods on a range of software projects
  • visiting clients and liaising with commercial partners to develop collaborations
  • scoping, planning and leading small projects
  • developing your skills and mentoring team members
  • line management for up to 3 team members
  • use case analysis and capturing user and functional requirements
  • creation of high-quality documentation, reports and Web content.

You will join a growing team of RSEs within the Hartree Centre, working closely with the HPC Software Engineering and Data Science groups. You will work with business development personnel to develop collaborations with industrial partners and public agencies. Some of the work will be commercial in confidence and subject to IPR rules around public disclosure.

You will have the opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects, so an ability to communicate effectively with scientists, industrial clients and academic colleagues from different backgrounds is essential. Projects will typically come from our Innovation Return on Research (IROR) programme, which partners with companies across the Chemistry & Materials, Life Sciences and Engineering & manufacturing sectors; the Bridging4Innovators programme, which uses Hartree technology to improve business productivity; and the Liverpool City Region 4.0 programme, working with small businesses in the local area. The choice of project will depend to on your existing experience and contacts, but the common thread, aligned to the Hartree Centre mission, is to deliver easy-to-use, innovative and scalable solutions that address real industry problems.

About You

You will have a background in software engineering in a research context, educated to degree level or equivalent in a computing related discipline. You will have a track record of successful research software engineering projects, looking to take the next step in their career. Experience in at least one of HPC, AI, Data Analytics, Cloud and Web/mobile technologies would be beneficial, but the ideal candidate should be flexible, a fast learner, with a passion for developing their skills and those of their team.

Organisation Description

UK Research and Innovation ( is a new body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. The Science and Technology Facilities Council ( is part of UKRI and is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organization. The Hartree Centre ( is part of the STFC.

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Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new 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. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Research Software Engineer – STFC


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