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Research Software Engineer (Core Web Platforms)

King's College London - E-Research

Location: London
Salary: £46,934 to £55,299 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 23rd June 2022
Closes: 17th July 2022
Job Ref: 45946
 

Job description

We are seeking a skilled web developer to join KCL's expanding e-Research team. The post presents a great opportunity to be one of the first hires into a team with significant investment planned over the next 3 years. KCL is at the start of a significant reboot of its e-Research function having invested £3,000,000+ over the past 24 months on core platforms for providing Cloud, Storage and HPC capabilities to its world leading researchers. 
 
This role is one of three Research Software Engineer roles that will form our initial RSE team focused exclusively on software development to accelerate KCL research. The role straddles RSE and Scientific Computing Infrastructure teams to focus on building and enhancing web based solutions and frameworks to be used across all research domains. As core web platforms mature it is likely that an increasing amount of development time will be spent on more customised work for specific grant funded research projects. 
 
Recent and upcoming examples of core web projects: 
  • Self-service dashboard for MFA management 
  • Self-service dashboard to manage proxying to and vulnerability scanning of OpenStack hosted projects 
  • Web based virtual desktop functionality using Apache Guacamole 
  • A platform for automatically deploying security hardened and isolated WordPress sites using a Kubernetes cluster 
A non-exhaustive list of technologies that you will work with in this role: 
  • Development: python, git, ansible, puppet, SQL, PHP/Laravel 
  • Virtualisation and Cloud: OpenStack, ProxMox VE, Azure, AWS 
  • Containers: docker, kubernetes, singularity 
  • Monitoring and metrics: Icinga, Prometheus, Grafana, InfluxDB 
Some examples of our work can be seen on our public GitHub page: https://github.com/kcl-eresearch 
 
Benefits: 
  • Flexible working arrangements (guideline of 1 day on-site every two weeks) 
  • 35 hour week 
  • 27 days holiday + Christmas closure 
  • 1 day in 10 dedicated to employee led personal development (attend lectures or research a technology of your choice) 
Further Information
This post will be offered on an indefinite contract 
This is a full-time post

Key responsibilities

  • Develop, maintain and enhance e-Research core web platforms and frameworks 
  • Support on-boarding of specific research project to e-Research core web platforms 
  • Add functionality to existing platforms as required by specific research projects or develop stand-alone web based solutions as appropriate 
  • Support existing web based research projects in ongoing maintenance tasks and security incident response 
  • Improve automated test case coverage and CI/CD across all e-Research managed web applications 
    The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria
  1. Frontend web development experience (JavaScript/CSS/HTML5/Bootstrap)
  2. PHP substantial development experience
  3.  Experience working with MVC frameworks such as Laravel
  4. Experience writing unit tests (e.g. PHPUnit)
  5. Experience using version control systems such as git 
  6. Strong verbal and written communication skills 
 Desirable criteria
  1. Basic understanding of MySQL 
  2. Experience working with, and developing, REST APIs
  3. Substantial experience working with Python 
  4. Experience setting up CI/CD pipelines
  5. An interest in developing UI/UX skills
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