REF Lead Developer | UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Job Title: REF Lead Developer
Employer: UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Location: Somerset, United Kingdom
Employment Type: Any
Reference Number: JS240000JD


Job Details:

REF Lead Developer

Salary:£65,262 per annum

Hours: Full Time

Contract Type: Fixed Term until December 2029

Location: Westward House, Stoke Gifford, Bristol (hybrid working)

Grade: UKRI Band G

Closing Date: 19 June 2024

About the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, with the most recent exercise concluding in 2021. It is a peer review assessment process involving submissions from higher education institutions across the UK. Research England delivered REF 2021 on behalf of the four UK funding bodies and the results have driven the annual distribution of approximately £2 billion of research funding to UK universities.

Purpose of the role

An exciting opportunity to lead and shape the design, development, and delivery of the UK’s next research assessment exercise.

We require systems to be delivered to support:

  • Administration of the exercise
  • The submission of large volumes of research data from all participating HEIs
  • The distribution and assessment of all elements of the research data submitted

Working in an agile development team following a user centered design approach. We require passionate and innovative full-stack developers working with a combination of bespoke software and off the shelf products to produce a robust, accessible, and performant suite of systems to support the exercise over the next 5 years.

Key areas of accountability

Development process optimisation

Stakeholder Management

Programming and build (software engineering)

Availability and capacity management

Information security


Service support

Systems design

Systems integration

User Focus

Modern standards approach

Core skills

  • Extensive experience of Agile software development and working in SCRUM teams
  • Evidence of contributing to the design of integration solutions between various systems within our architecture
  • Demonstrable experience designing, coding and debugging systems including NodeJS/express, RESTful APIs, React
  • Excellent skills in web Front End technologies such as HTML, CSS, etc.
  • Excellent knowledge of relational databases including Datamodelling, SQL scripts, stored procedures
  • Extensive experience with source control systems, including branching, merging, etc.
  • Experience with continuous integration and continuous deployment
  • Experience designing and working with n-tier architectures (UI, Business Logic Layer, Data Access Layer) along with experience with microservice oriented architectures
  • Experience of working in AWS/Azure and setting up complex programmes/projects
  • Extensive experience of design patterns such as SOLID and TDD

Additional information

Developing talent:

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.


UKRI can offer the successful candidate:

– Flexible Working

– 30 days annual leave + Public Holidays

– Access to Civil Service Pension Scheme

– Various everyday discounts through our dedicated provider



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