National Foundation for Educational Research

Applications Developer - .NET / Full Stack

Slough | Competitive salary based on skills and experience (£30,880 - £34,756)

Job Function: Information Technology
Industry Sector: Charity & Not-for-Profit

Applications Developer - .NET / Full Stack
Slough, Berkshire
This role is open to Tier 2 Sponsorship.

Would you like to develop systems that make a difference to the educational outcomes of children and young people, both in the UK and internationally? If so, read on.

We have opportunities for junior and seasoned developers within our expanding Applications Development team. Join this super friendly team to work on some truly inspiring projects and systems development, alongside some of the UK’s most specialised educational researchers. You'll be developing high profile systems to carry out research commissioned by government, working with international clients on building sites and systems to support education in developing countries, and enable NFER to expand on its eAssessment capabilities.

We are a data driven organisation. As an Applications Developer, you’ll translate software requirements into workable programming code and maintain and develop programs and bespoke web applications using predominately the Microsoft.NET development stack. Key responsibilities include:

- Developing web and Windows applications using object-orientated languages such as C# and VB.NET
- Working with relational databases
- Querying datasets from relational databases
- Ensuring all applications are developed using secure development principles and are thoroughly tested prior to release
- Maintaining, supporting and updating current and future applications

Your technical background:

- Experience with an object-oriented programming language such as C#, Java etc.
- Experience in web application development and good knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript
- Knowledge of software testing methodologies
- Expertise in using the Microsoft development stack (Visual Studio, ASP.NET, SQL Server, IIS, Team Foundation Server etc.)
- Experience of commercial software development practices (e.g. using source control and agile development principles)
- Experience with web technologies such as AJAX and jQuery

Other organisations may call this role App Developer, Web Developer, Software Developer, C# Developer, Developer or Programmer.

You’ll love this job, if you:

- Can work independently and as part of a team
- Have strong problem-solving skills and innovative thinking
- Take pride in your work and have good attention to detail
- Have good interpersonal skills and the ability to disseminate knowledge
- Have the ability to work to tight deadlines

Bonus Points:

If you have experience of using AWS or Azure, or configuring IIS. Knowledge of other programming/scripting languages such as Python, PHP and VBA. Experience of SharePoint development, load testing using JMeter, or use of Atlassian’s Jira / Confluence software (or similar).

Why NFER?

With a 70-year history, NFER is an independent and highly respected charity that carries out research within education. Our robust and innovative research, assessment, and other services are widely known and used. We have a reputation as an organisation that informs policy and practice, helping to ensure the best possible education for children and young people.

- Competitive salary based on skills and experience (£30,880 - £34,756)
- Generous pension scheme
- Free parking
- 30 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days
- Excellent support for professional development
- Great work/life balance

The closing date for applications is midnight on 9th February 2020.
This role is open to Tier 2 Sponsorship.

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as an Applications Developer, apply via the button shown. This vacancy has been placed by Webrecruit on behalf of NFER.