Science & Technology Facilities Council

Level 6 Digital & Technology Solutions Degree Apprentice (Network Engineer) - Master's Degree (Level 7)

Science & Technology Facilities Council (Employer)

Anglia Ruskin University (Training Provider)

Annual wage £16,358.00 to £21,879.00
37.0 hours per week Full Time (Mon - Fri)
4 years (duration)
1 September 2021(start date)
4 June 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

You’ll join our Systems Engineering team focusing on investigating and implementing new technology solutions for the Hartree Centre and its customers. You’ll gain first-hand experience working as part of a professional team on projects supported by theoretical learning.


You will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of technologies, including our High Performance Computing systems, our Quantum Learning Machine, and cloud computing services.  We use a wide range of programming languages and approaches, including C, C++, Python, Perl, Java, Fortran and Javascript. 

Duties include:

Working with colleagues across the centre to develop new workflows for computational science.

Supporting the integration and development of In house technology evaluation infrastructure, this will including aspects of the following:

  • OpenStack
  • Openshift/OKD (Kubernetes)
  • SLURM HPC job scheduler
  • Security Information and Event Monitoring Systems
  • Intrustion Detection Systems
  • Jupyter Notebooks/JupyterHub
  • Software defined networking
  • Infiniband Network
  • High Speed Ethernet

Future Prospects

Open-Ended (permanent) employment within STFC upon completion of the apprenticeship

Reality Check

About STFC 

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity-driven, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world. 

One of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale. 

For more information about STFC please visit: 

You can also visit our careers site: 

About UKRI 

Launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). 

Our organisation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK 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: 

How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to flourish and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community.   

Disability Confident Employer 

As a Disability Confident employer, UKRI will offer an interview to a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for the job (this is the description of the job as set by the employer). To enable us to do this we ask the appropriate questions within the candidate application. 

Skills Required


  • A strong interest in technology and computing 
  • Ability to work as part of a team, and independently 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Quality of Covering Letter – particularly addressing the requirements of the role and which demonstrates an interest in Network Engineering and Cyber Security 


  • Programming experience with at least one language, e.g. Python, Perl, Java, Fortran 
  • Basic knowledge of data science and visualization techniques 
  • Demonstrable network engineering experience 
  • Prior experience of Cloud technologies, e.g. Google Cloud, AWS, Microsoft Azure, Kubernetes
  • Knowledge of basic concepts in statistics e.g. mean, variance, probability 

Qualities Required

  • Confident with strong attention to detail and able to prioritise tasks effectively 
  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative to solve problems 
  • Ability to travel occasionally and flexible approach to working hours

Qualifications Required

  • 5 GCSEs at grades C / 4 or above including Maths, English and an additional STEM subject
  • Minimum of 96 UCAS points

Examples of entry tariffs are:

  • 3 A Levels at minimum grades CCC with at least one from a STEM subject such as Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths
  • BTEC National Diploma MMM (Merits)
  • Access to HE Qualification

Training Provided

Working alongside your programme of work at the Hartree Centre, you’ll undertake a Level 6 Digital & Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship with Anglia Ruskin University through a blended approach of online and block attendance at the university together with completion of work-based modules focused on Network Engineering and Cyber Security.

You will undertake professional development and training through a blended approach of online learning and in-person teaching and learning. The in-person teaching is delivered in three separate week-long blocks at Anglia Ruskin University’s Cambridge campus at the start of each academic term (3 blocks per year), supplemented by regular in-work progress review / support meetings with the university and your STFC mentor. Travel & accommodation expenses will be provided when attending in-person training.

The modules you complete will be a combination of general computing principles applicable to all occupational areas, with specialist units focused on the requirements of developing competencies in a Systems Engineering role. In your final year, you will also complete your work-based project before undertaking your End Point Assessment. The End Point Assessment will include a presentation between the university and STFC, covering the work-based project, your approach, outcome and the skills, knowledge and behaviours demonstrated. This will be assessed as part of the overall project assessment.

Alongside this you will be supported in developing a portfolio of work-based projects to build and demonstrate the required skills, behaviours and knowledge required for this apprenticeship.

The qualifications you will achieve are:

  • BSc (Hons) in Digital & Technology Solutions
  • Level 6 Digital & Technology Solutions Professional

The apprentice will have an internal network to support their development and learning.

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