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Software developer/programmer

  • Location:
    North West
  • Position:
    Software Designer
  • Date Posted:
    10 May 2018
  • Advertising End Date:
    29 May 2018
  • Vacancy Type:
  • Reference:
Job Description
Lancaster University have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic graduate or a final year student who is keen and eager to gain new skills in developing freely available scientific software tools.

 The aim of the project is to develop a plug-in for an open source 3D point cloud processing application ( that will provide specific post-processing capabilities for users involved in coastal management. The CloudCompare plug-in will implement existing tools developed in Matlab by Ilic and James in Lancaster Environment Centre and their co-workers. This post provides an exciting opportunity to contribute to a widely used open source project and develop a valuable set of scientific tools for applied users in academia and governmental institutions. 

Skills & Experience Required:

This post would be of interest to any candidate with a BSc/MSci degree in Computer Science or similar discipline/qualification or in Engineering/Physics/Natural Sciences with a strong background in programming.

Following skills and experiences are required:

  • Proficiency with C++or familiar with C++ and proficient with other similar languages, for handling and manipulating numerical data
  • Experience with Qt GUI programming and Matlab would be advantageous
  • Capable with software development tools/environments – e.g. github
  • Ability to break down tasks accurately and analyse existing code
  • Applying best coding practices – see
  • Good organisational skills such as managing projects on time
  • Ability to work without supervision
  • Willingness to try new approaches, sharing and implementing innovative ideas
  • Good communication skills
Students will gain skills such as;
  • Skills in plug-in design and open source implementation for scientific software
  • Organisational skills such as working to a tight deadline
  • Essential software project skills such as communication and collaboration with end users and potentially other software designers
We are looking for the successful candidate to start 30th May 2018 and finish 30th June 2018.

Five days a week – 9am – 5:30pm; there could be some flexibility

£8.58 plus holiday £1.04 total £9.62 per hour.

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Under the terms of this work, we endeavour to provide the advertised number of hours however, hours are not guaranteed and that work may cease if there is a fall in demand.

Adverts that display a closing date should be treated as a guide. We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment.


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