Software Engineer - Web Application Developer

Join our Information Management Team to develop and support cutting-edge scientific software as part of an international research collaboration.

About us

Diamond Light Source (DLS) is a large-scale scientific facility that makes a range of advanced measurement and analysis methods available to researchers around the world. Historically researchers have travelled to DLS to conduct their experiments but increasingly automation technology has been developed to allow researchers to mail their samples to DLS and have their experiments carried out remotely with no need for them to attend site. This trend has been greatly accelerated as the current COVID pandemic has made travel and physical interaction more challenging.

 

About the role

Effective information management is essential for Diamond to conduct its critical work; providing scientists the tools to turn theoretical science into practical and often life-changing discoveries. A critical component of Diamond's software architecture is its Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). The LIMS is a web application that captures the full lifecycle of experiments at Diamond. The LIMS enables scientists from all over the world to plan and prepare their experiments, facilitates integration and interoperability with data analysis tools and provides visualisation of experimental activity and results.

The web application needs extending to support emerging requirements to streamline operations and support automated data collections. The software stack is also undergoing a technical refresh to take advantage of modern JavaScript libraries and frameworks. This would be an ideal opportunity for you to grow and develop with a world leading science facility or utilise the skills and experience you already have in this rewarding role.

As a member of the Scientific Information Management Systems group, you will be working alongside a bright and motivated team in an open and collaborative environment. You will be required to interact with Diamond scientists and translate their specifications for scientific capabilities into software requirements. You will also participate in international collaborations within this domain, sharing best practice and supporting other facilities and synchrotrons within the collaboration.

 

About you

Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate experience in the full Software Development Lifecycle and ideally have,

  • Strong JavaScript skills with 3+ years’ experience with JavaScript frameworks such as React or Angular.
  • Experience with unit test frames works such as Jasmine or Mocha. Knowledge of agile practices (specifically SCRUM).
  • Be able to work across multiple projects and systems, and interface with other IT teams delivering other science services.
  • A degree level qualification in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science or equivalent experience is essential to interpret scientific needs into clear software requirements.
  • Good commutations skills as you will be talking to the leading scientists in their field (A scientific background is not required but would be a benefit)
  • An interest in supporting scientific stakeholders coupled with strong analytical and communication skills is also essential. 

 

We use an open-source development model in a not-for-profit institution, so Knowledge of GitHub / GitLab would be useful. The remote systems provide the shop window to all services, so a passion for UX and quality are essential.

 

Benefits

Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 25 days annual leave plus 13 days of statutory and company holidays, along with flexible working hours and an excellent pension scheme. Staff also have access to a range of amenities on site, including a nursery, cafes, restaurant and sports and leisure facilities.

We take an active approach to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our activities at Diamond, with a dedicated commitment to ensuring we provide a fulfilling and enjoyable place to work, where all staff feel valued and recognised for their individual contribution.

 

To Apply

Please use the online application process to apply and tell us why you believe you are suitable for this role.

The closing date for applications is 26th June, however, we encourage early applications as some candidates may be interviewed before this date.

Business Area
Software
Full Time Salary
£33,963 to £39,955 per annum (Discretionary range to £45,949)
Post Type
Full time / Permanent
Closing Date
26/06/2022
Ref No
10823

 

Other information

 

Where relevant, and possible for the role, we will consider flexible working arrangements, secondment and job share opportunities.

Diamond attract talented individuals from around the world and currently employ 44 different nationalities. Reflecting trends in our sector we employ more men than women (77% men and 23% women as at March 2021). Therefore, we particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified women. 

If you are disabled and would like to be considered under the Disability Confident Scheme, please let us know via the online application process.

Diamond are members of Working Families (the UK’s work-life balance organisation), we have also achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze award and Disability Confident Level Two.