Awarded to Tessella Limited

Start date: Friday 13 July 2018
Value: £419,316
Company size: large
UK Research and Innovation - STFC

UK SBS IT18137 UK Research and Innovation - STFC ESS Data Reduction and Instrument Control Developer

1 Incomplete application

1 SME, 0 large

3 Completed applications

1 SME, 2 large

Important dates

Published
Friday 1 June 2018
Deadline for asking questions
Tuesday 5 June 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Friday 8 June 2018 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Specialist role
Developer
Summary of the work
STFC’s is delivering data streaming software for the European Spallation Source. The developer will be responsible for developing high performance scientific data reduction software as part of the international team. This is a lead developer role for the project and includes some aspects of work and project management
Latest start date
Monday 9 July 2018
Expected contract length
Up to 2 years
Location
South West England
Organisation the work is for
UK Research and Innovation - STFC
Maximum day rate
£800 excluding VAT

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
You will be working with the ISIS data reduction /Mantid team (developers), the international ESS team (developers and scientists), and report to the ISIS Computing Group Leader and ESS Computing group leaders
What the specialist will work on
STFC’s ISIS Neutron and Muon Facility is delivering data streaming software for the European Spallation Source as part of the UKs in-kind contribution. The developer will be responsible for developing high performance scientific data reduction software for ESS and ISIS as part of the international team developing software for ESS. This is a lead developer role for the project and includes some aspects of work and project management

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QX Some travel to international sites including ESS (Copenhagen, Denmark and Lund, Sweden) may be required
Working arrangements
Monday to Friday 8:30 start, to fit in with the international team meetings

7.5 hours day + lunch

Expenses for travelling to other sites will be in line with public sector restrictions and expectations and UK Research and Innovation / STFC Policies
Security clearance
Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS)

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • Demonstrate how you will apply your skills and expertise of the following, to develop data reduction software for the ESS
  • modern C++(>C++11) development on Linux, Windows and OS x
  • and neutron diffraction and spectroscopy data analysis in software project management within the big science domain
  • developing scientific data analysis software
  • and Python scripting skills
  • and unit, integration and performance testing
  • and using CI tools (ideally Jenkins)
  • and of working with large codebases and distributed teams in developing against hdf5, specifically the NeXuS format
  • and of using EPICS (Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System) or equivalent
  • and using expression templates for linear algebra (Eigen or equivalent)
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Demonstrate how you will apply your skills and expertise of the following, to develop data reduction software for the ESS
  • with cross-platform native build generators (CMake or equivalent)
  • with mocking frameworks in native c++ (GMock or equivalent)
  • with unit test frameworks for c++ (GTest or equivalent)
  • with microbenchmarking frameworks (Google Benchmark or equivalent)
  • of developing scientific software at a neutron scattering or x-ray facility
  • in C++ development for high-performance applications

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
3
Cultural fit criteria
  • Demonstrate how you will apply your skills and expertise of the following, to develop data reduction software for the ESS
  • of developing software in a scientific environment
  • of developing software in an internationally distributed team
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

70%

Cultural fit

10%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

1. What is the IR35 Status
This is unable to be determined at this time as it is possible for contractors who are both in and out of scope of the off payroll working rules to be engaged through DOS. The successful supplier / contracting authority will need to check the status in accordance with the HMRC online tool prior to contract commencement. A link to this tool can be found here: https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-employment-status-for-tax/setup