The Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics and System Engineering wishes to appoint

Full-time Software Engineers

to work remotely and/or from our offices in Oxford.

  • Would you like to use your expertise in software, algorithms and data structures to address some of the most challenging problems in business and industry?
  • Are you excited to build solutions in data science, machine learning, optimisation, forecasting and analytics for high-profile clients across a diverse range of sectors?
  • Would you like to join a team of inspiring people?
  • Do you share our core values of clarity, creativity, motivation and integrity?

The Smith Institute uses mathematical modelling and computation to bring fresh thinking to the challenges faced by our clients across business and industry. Recent solutions have covered areas as diverse as balancing supply and demand on the electricity grid, ensuring the safety of nuclear reactors, forecasting the effect of weather on consumer demand, and verifying the integrity of multi-billion-dollar spectrum auctions.

To meet continued growth in opportunities for our cutting-edge solutions, we are looking to expand our capacity in the design, development and delivery of specialist data-driven analytical software.

Your role

  • Collaborate with teams of experts translating mathematical ideas into practical reality.
  • Work directly with clients to understand their needs, and help to design the software architecture to deliver high-performance solutions.
  • Implement end-to-end toolchains to run either on-premise or in the cloud.
  • Make infrastructural recommendations for data processing and solution deployment pipelines.
  • Contribute actively to developing business prospects, creating proposals for new work and building great client relationships.
  • Be part of guiding our future intellectual growth in emergent technologies.

Your skills

  • Academic excellence at degree level or higher in computer science, mathematics, or a related numerate discipline.
  • Demonstrable experience in high-quality collaborative software engineering, including reusable architecture design, testing best practice, and version control.
  • Strong skills in multiple programming languages, styles and architectures, including Python and object-oriented programming.
  • Understanding of high-performance computing principles and practicalities.
  • Motivation to succeed in tackling high-value business challenges, and the ability to work effectively with clients to understand their needs.
  • Familiarity with some or all of:
    • machine learning, optimisation or algorithm design
    • cloud computing, distributed computing or serverless
    • data visualisation, interactive dashboards or GUIs
    • containerisation, microservices and deployment
    • relational databases, graph databases or data lakes
    • DevOps, MLops or DataOps best practices.

We provide career development opportunities within the Smith Institute, in directions that include technical leadership, project management and business development. We have a long-standing remote-working mode of operation, with permanent offices in Oxford.

Further particulars are available from  Please note that the Smith Institute is not in a position to sponsor visa applications for foreign nationals.

To apply please send a full CV, including the details of two referees, to  Applications may be held for up to 6 months. You may request deletion of your application sooner by emailing

We operate an Equal Opportunities Policy.  We currently have a rolling recruitment programme so applications will be reviewed as they are received, with a view to interviewing shortlisted candidates promptly.  We seek to make appointments as soon as successful applicants’ current commitments allow.

Why work at the Smith Institute?

  • Flexible working for all – work your contracted hours at times that best suit you, at home, in the office or as a mixture of both
  • Health and well-being support – the Smith Institute provides up to three months’ contractual sick pay, have qualified Mental Health First Aiders, a Mindful Employer Plus membership and offer additional leave allowance to care for close family members
  • Social events – most months our Social Committee organise events and we also have ongoing activities, including pub socials, a book club, a fantasy football league and a board games library
  • Employee benefits – employee discount platform and Employee assistance programme
  • Enhanced leave – bereavement, dependency, maternity, paternity & shared parental leave
  • Mentoring – from colleagues and leading academics
  • Generous pension scheme – income protection & death in service benefits
  • All IT equipment provided and maintained
  • Interesting and challenging work with purpose