Year in Industry – Student Software Engineer

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Year in Industry – Student Software Engineer

Closes: May 25, 2022
Location: Culham, Oxfordshire
Salary: £19,000
Work Type: Internship
Background Information:

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.

As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.

Role Description:

We are looking for a year in Industry Placement Student to work within the CODAS & IT department. You will be passionate about learning new technologies and addressing key scientific challenges.

Our year in industry placements will provide experience working on real software engineering projects, designing, developing, and maintaining software and data systems that are provided by the Control and Data Acquisition System (CODAS) & IT department.

To be successful you will have excellent analytical skills as well as good communication and influencing skills. This is an exciting opportunity to work within a team as well as external partners within CODAS and be responsible for contributing to finding new ways of working for the better future of the business.

What will you be responsible for?

– Assisting with design and development of software for data access and visualization

– Assisting with design and development of machine control systems.

– Enable the use of developer tools within CODAS & IT

– Contribute to exploratory work for new projects/features

– Providing user support for software and scientific computing


Essential skills, experience and competence required

– Experience of programming in both a compiled and interpreted language with attention to code clarity

– Knowledge of some programming paradigms (eg object orientated, 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

– 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

Desirable skills, experience and competence

– Experience with our core languages: Python, C, C++ or IDL

– Experience of web development

– Knowledge of databases and SQL

– Knowledge of control systems or data acquisition

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 increased with length of service (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) plus bank holidays
  • 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. The Executive team with support from our EDI ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner and 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 25th of May. 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.

Note for applicants who are applying for employment with UKAEA either from outside the United Kingdom or who have spent time outside the United Kingdom in the last five years. Please visit . If the country you are resident in or have resided in is not listed on this website or that the UK Government is not aware of how to obtain a criminal records check from that state then we are unable to process your application.