Graduate Controls Engineer (Software)

The CLF is a world leading laser facility, which provides scientists from the UK and Europe with an unparalleled range of state-of-the-art laser technology. The Central Laser Facility’s Engineering and Technology Division provides software and hardware controls engineering to enable laser scientists and users to fully utilise the technology for experimental research & development programmes.

A Software/Control Systems Graduate vacancy has arisen to complement a small team of software developers to design and implement laser control, target area and motion control solutions for several exciting new projects. The post involves sensitive liaison with customers to help determine and refine their requirements to produce technical specifications used in the design the control systems. The job holder will be a member of the Electrical Engineering Group and report directly to the Software Team Leader.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities

  • liaison with customers to understand and determine control system technical specifications and production of technical specification
  • develop software for laser control, target area and motion control systems using professional development tools/techniques and producing all relevant documentation
  • develop software for laser diagnostic equipment including cameras and sensors to interpret real world data into useful scientific information and laser machine safety
  • participation in the improvement of data collection, processing and storage
  • participation in the maintenance of software version control and contribute towards technical report production
  • be aware and follow CLF rules and instructions on safe practices, responsibilities, hazards and emergency procedures associated with working in laser areas.

Welcome to STFC

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is one of Europe's largest multidisciplinary research organisations supporting scientists and engineers world-wide.

You shall:

  • be able to conduct themselves in a friendly yet professional manner at all times and be sensitive to the needs of customers when developing control system specifications
  • be expected to develop a good working relationship with customers and competently present themselves verbally and by written word
  • be able to operate independently with minimal supervision but also to be able to receive, understand and execute line management instructions where necessary
  • ensure line management are aware of unresolved issues when conducting their duties
  • present progress reports as required.

You shall also:

  • have an awareness of safety at work within the local environment
  • be equally happy to work independently and as a team player
  • possess excellent interpersonal skills
  • be co-operative and willing to participate in knowledge sharing
  • have the ability to manage and progress multiple tasks



  • degree in a STEM subject or equivalent


  • formal qualification in Computer Science or equivalent

Knowledge and Experience


  • demonstrable interest in control systems
  • knowledge and practical experience of software development methods
  • experience of programming with modern programming languages e.g. C, C#, C++, Visual Basic, Python and Java


  • familiarity with the Linux operating system
  • some knowledge of using software for control applications
  • an interest in designing and maintaining laser control systems, laser diagnostics and high voltage charging systems

Opportunity Overview

  • Closing Date: September 27, 2017
  • Salary: £26,297
  • Location: Didcot (Oxfordshire)
  • Region: London and South East
  • Type: Graduate Programme

Disciplines accepted...

  • All STEM disciplines

To Apply

Job ID Number: IRC242133
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