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Software Developer for Linux Based Engineering Systems Industrial Placement

Didcot, Oxfordshire

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The UKRI Microelectronics Centre based at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is a specialist Centre dedicated to stimulating and supporting the use of sophisticated microelectronics design flows within our large international customer base of more than 650 European Universities and Research Establishments. 

We have an opportunity for an industrial placement student to join a small team of highly qualified microelectronics engineers who will contribute to one of our projects while we will provide real-world experience! 

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Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities  

This fast paced role using DevOps principles is a fusion of system architecture and software development, which will provide wide experience of the development and configuration of systems. Focusing especially on automated processes, the placement student will build custom solutions for a challenging range of system configurations. 

You will develop configuration management code for systems that automate the deployment of virtual machines that include pre-configured installations of complex engineering CAD software. For cloud-based deployment, this will also include customisation and configuration of virtual private clouds, elastic IPs and mass deployment of multiple machine instances. 

In order to apply for this role you must have:  


  • At university, enrolled on an undergraduate degree course and required or have requested to take a year out of studies to gain experience within industry  
  • Right to live and work in the UK  
  • Studying relevant degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science or similar with degree content relevant to the vacancy 
  • Good user knowledge of Linux computing 
  • Proven programming ability especially in languages suited to scripting
  • Demonstrate a logical approach to software debugging and general problem solving
  • Good understanding of the principles of virtualisation and virtualisation technologies
  • Clear, comprehensive, credible and coherent application, highlighting relevant skills and demonstrating good written skills (in English) 
  • A conscientious, reliable and hardworking approach with good team working capabilities and excellent verbal communication skills (in English)


  • Understanding of the principles behind Linux operating systems and their administration
  • Experience of cloud computing and/or AWS configuration scripting language 
  • Appreciation of the concepts and benefits of containerisation e.g. Docker, Kubernetes etc
  • Experience of using virtual machine systems e.g. Hyper V, VMware etc

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Opportunity Overview

  • October 31st, 2021
  • £20,129 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Year-long
  • Didcot, Oxfordshire
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  • Electrical
  • Electronic

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