Interview Date: Interviews will be held during the week commencing 25th November 2019
STFC - Technology - System architecture for virtual machines and cloud computing - Industrial Placement
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, technology and Engineering. For more information on STFC please view one of our videos - https://youtu.be/k9gaDSDzRQQ
STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.
Each year we offer opportunities to undergraduate students to gain practical experience, working alongside technical experts at the forefront of scientific research. We offer an invaluable experience with exposure to world class science and technology, and the opportunity to develop working relationships that continue well after your placement has finished.
STFC consists of several distinct departments which each focus on a different specialism within science, technology, innovation and support, yet work together to achieve STFC’s grand ambitions. Different departments may look for placement students with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these. See all of our current Industrial Placements here.
UKRI Microelectronics Centre
Based at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, The UKRI Microelectronics Centre is dedicated to stimulating and supporting the use of complex engineering software on both local computing and cloud platforms. We have an opportunity for you to join a small team of highly experienced engineers and system managers, where you will gain significant experience of system architecture for engineering environments and contribute to development of new virtualised services on both local and remote computing platforms including the cloud.
Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities
This demanding role, a fusion of system architecture and software development, will provide experience of the development and configuration of Virtual Machines especially focusing on automated processes to create customisable Linux virtual machines with fully configured engineering software installations.
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 multiple machine instances.
You will gain wide experience of using DevOps principles for the creation of system architectures required for complex engineering CAD software, the configuration and use of virtual machines, and allocation of cloud based computing resources for compute intensive tasks.
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 www.ukri.org.
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.
Shortlisting Criteria (S) and Interview Criteria (I)
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 (S)
Right to live and work in the UK (S)
Studying relevant degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science or similar with degree content relevant to the vacancy (S)
Good user knowledge of Linux computing (S&I)
Proven programming ability especially in languages suited to scripting (S&I)
Good understanding of the principles of virtualisation and virtualisation technologies (I)
Good communication skills, both verbal and written (in English) (S&I)
Demonstrate good team working capabilities. (I)
Understanding of the principles behind Linux operating systems and their administration (S&I)
Experience of cloud computing and/or AWS configuration scripting language (S&I)
Appreciation of the concepts and benefits of containerisation e.g. Docker, Kubernetes etc. (S&I)
Experience of using virtual machine systems e.g. Hyper V, VMware etc. (S&I)
UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.
To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.
To apply please download the application form and save it to your pc. You must upload a CV and completed copy of the application form. Please save include the IRC reference number and your name in the filename of all documents uploaded to your application.
Please right click on this link and select ‘save target as' to save the application form to your desktop.
STFC Industrial Placement Application form
To be eligible you must be studying a recognised degree that requires you to undertake an Industrial Placement or have permission from your University to take a year out of your studies to undertake a placement. You must also have the right to work in the UK.
You can apply for up to two Sandwich student placements; You will only need to complete ONE application form. However please ensure that you upload the application form to all applications and ensure the relevant reference number (e.g. IRC205817) is included the filename of each document that you upload.
Closing date: 27th October 2019
Interview/assessment date: 25th – 28th of November 2019
As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y.
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