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Software Engineer: Research Application Support

Service Delivery

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £31,406 to £38,587 Per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Monday 27 September 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1383221JF-R

The University of Southampton’s research is changing the world for the better by addressing some of the world's biggest challenges. The Research Application Support Team are responsible for the software and digital services that underpin the University’s world-leading researchers and scientists. We are looking for talented technical staff to join our software-development team to deliver a broad range of bespoke and off-the-shelf applications. Join us as we transition towards a DevOps delivery model using cloud-hosted solutions.

About the Role

We’re looking for candidates who understand the value of delivering well-architected and testable solutions. You will be working as part of an Agile development team committed to delivering high-quality results that enable the research activities of the university. If you are keen to learn new techniques and relish working to high standards, we want to hear from you!

What you’ll do

  • In support of the University’s research, you will:
  • Develop, deploy, and support bespoke software solutions.
  • Source, install, and configure commercial off-the-shelf products.
  • Collaborate with scientists and academics to design solutions for current research projects.
  • Work in a team of DevOps engineers, creating automated deployment pipelines for our on-premise and cloud-based platforms.
  • Manage the entire lifecycle of services from design to decommission.
  • We’re particularly looking to hear from candidates with any of the following experience:
  • Software development in an Agile environment, using languages such as C# or PHP.
  • Modern development practices such as automated testing, design patterns, and SOLID principles.
  • Experience working with Windows and Linux server environments.
  • Experience of Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment tools, in particular Azure DevOps, TeamCity, or OctopusDeploy.
  • Knowledge of cloud environments, in particular Microsoft Azure.
  • Experience communicating with a wide variety of customers.

What we can offer you

The University of Southampton promotes a healthy work/life balance with generous holiday allowance (30 days’ annual leave plus additional University closure days), a defined-benefit pension scheme, flexi-time and flexible working, subsidised health and fitness facilities, a range of staff discounts, and additional parental leave and childcare provision. For more information on our benefits, please visit our Human Resources website.

About the University of Southampton

The University is a research-driven institution and home to some of the world’s leading minds. We are passionate about expanding our knowledge and passing it on to future generations. iSolutions is the University’s IT service, whose 230+ staff support the delivery of the University’s research and education activities as well as day-to-day business operations. We would love you to join us and help change the world for the better.

We are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect, and equality of opportunity. We select candidates based on merit and ability, and aspire to thrive through the diversity of our workforce.  We welcome applications from all interested candidates who are committed to helping us create an inclusive work environment, and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds of ethnicity, gender/sexual identity, and disability.

About the city

Southampton is a fantastic place to live, work, and socialise, with something for everyone. For outdoor enthusiasts, water sports, sailing, and ocean racing are easily available, while the beautiful New Forest National Park is just an hour away. With many excellent local schools and nurseries, families will find a fantastic quality of life. Multiple faiths are celebrated in the city, and there is a thriving LGBTQ+ social scene. Meanwhile, the rich cultural heritage of Winchester is just on our doorstep.

As a rapidly-growing, ethnically-rich city, Southampton benefits from considerable investments in the region. £1.6 billion has already been committed to regional development, while a further £1.4 billion spend is planned over the next ten years. A new Cultural Quarter has been created, and a £400m redevelopment of the Royal Pier Waterfront is underway. With each of these improvements, we have witnessed an exciting transformation of the city, so regardless of what life stage you are at, you will find a dynamic and vibrant city that caters for all.

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Nash (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1383221JF-R on all correspondence. 

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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