Software Engineer

Join our agile Research and Development team. You’ll become an intrinsic part of our in-house team who are responsible for building features on our existing product portfolio, proposing and developing new features.

Software Engineer – Computer Science

Make a global impact with a great team, in a cool culture, and a healthy work-life balance. Work on robotics projects from concept to market while contributing to cures for cancer and renewable energies. Not to forget, you would live in the countryside working for Somerset’s Employer of the Year!!!

The Role

Singer Instruments is looking for a Software Engineer with Computer Science experience to join our agile Research and Development team. You’ll become an intrinsic part of our in-house SWE team who are responsible for building features on our existing product portfolio, proposing and developing new features for our pipeline products, and carrying out research into new tools and algorithms. The role is progressive with currently planned projects spanning a number of years and varying in nature but suffice to say, we build awesome laboratory robots!!!

You’ll be joining at the beginning of an exciting new program of product development where customer value comes first and foremost, Agile PM style. That means you’ll be testing prototypes with scientists, getting fast feedback and iterating quickly. We don’t expect you to know everything and we fully believe in the Research bit of R&D!! We have in-house scientists who can help with the jargon so don’t let that put you off.

This is a varied, project-based Software role, taking robotics features and projects from customer derived concept to market. To aid this you’ll have a chance to put forward blue skies ideas and visit customer labs to discover how microbiology is carried out and how Singers robots could solve a multitude of global problems.

We have a long, hard-won reputation for quality and take reliability and UX/UI testing seriously, so we’ll expect you to have a good level of unit, system and integration testing capability. Projects include robotics, automation, motion control, IOT, GUI design and more. You’ll get exposure to bioinformatics. There will be travel involved to collaboration partners around the UK and possibly abroad. Lots of opportunities for training and growth within the business.

The Team

You will do this as a member of the Research and Development Team, whose tagline is:
“Use all the brains you have, and all that you can borrow”
Through regular project review meetings, you will get inspiration and input from the R&D engineers and our team of PhD scientists you may need to recruit and select your own team in line with demand, so you will need to be a developed leader and manager or working to evolve these skills

The Reward

The work you do will help scientists in laboratories in over 50 countries accelerate their research efforts on global challenges such as cures for cancer and solutions for renewable energies.

Key Requirments

  • 5+ years of commercial experience as a software engineer with a Computer Science bias
  • Solid experience in, C, C# & C++ or other Low-level language experience
  • Experience developing software features based on customer requirements
  • Object orientated skills are essential, as well as knowledge of software best practices, like Test-Driven Development (TDD) and Continuous Integration (CI)
  • Experience solving multifactorial problems
  • Experience with GIT, BitBucket, and Agile PM tools such as Jira or Liquid planner is essential.
  • Robust testing (unit, integration) experience
  • Willing to undertake training to improve skillset
  • Strong interest in technology, innovation, and robotics
  • Strong problem-solving skills and willingness to roll up your sleeves to get the job done
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Tractor license*

Bonus Requirements

  • Experience with robotics or consumer products
  • Experience in board-level driver development
  • Familiarity with microprocessor architectures and peripherals
  • Experience with some of the following is highly desirable but not essential; Linux, Kotlin, Java, & HTML – CSS – JavaScript – TypeScript. 
  • Experience in working in an Agile project management environment
  • Experience using Google productivity suite is an advantage.
  • Experience with containerisation (e.g. Docker)


As a Software Engineer at Singer Instruments, your responsibilities are likely to include:

  • Developing software features based on customer requirements
  • Maintaining an existing code base
  • Researching new technologies
  • Ensure code is well tested by creating appropriate unit tests
  • Produce clean, well-commented code
  • Planning new features and changes to a product
  • Demonstrating new ideas and features to stakeholders
  • Coach team members through buddy-buddy learning
  • Attending conferences and events related to a product or sector
  • Inspiring and enthusing colleagues and users of the product
  • Learning about users and a product’s market


  • Less important than experience and attitude, but a higher education degree in computer science or software engineering would be an advantage, otherwise, suitably demonstrable knowledge built up through commercial experience is just as great for us.


Singer Instruments is a small but rapidly growing UK-based company that develops and provides hardware and software solutions for laboratory automation. Singer stays ahead of the competition through constant innovation and by encouraging all staff to input to the business. This is a great time to join with lots of exciting projects in the pipeline. This would suit someone looking to be a technical expert and work for a close-knit company in which you can make a real difference and shape the future. With offices in California, Singapore, and Germany, and our headquarters in the beautiful Exmoor National Park in the South West of England, we’re close to all the outdoor activities that you could imagine!

A bit about us…

Established in 1934, Singer Instruments is a relatively small (50 people) but rapidly expanding UK-based family business that develops and provides hardware and software solutions for laboratory automation.

Our customers are doing amazing things across all facets of biological science including genetics, neuroscience, cancer biology, and biofuel engineering. Our customers include the world’s top 50 universities, NASA, and some of the most famous beer and wine producers. The beer in your fridge may have been researched using one of our microscopes!

We’ve got offices in California, Singapore, and Germany with our HQ in the beautiful Exmoor National Park in the South West of England.

*you don’t really need a tractor license. But driving a car really helps round ‘ere.


Starting at:
£30,000 – £35,000 p.a.



37.5 per week



Profit Share for Nerds
Equity for Nerds
Healthcare scheme
Flexible working options



29 days holiday including Bank Holidays
Holiday bonus on length of service



Singer HQ, Roadwater near Minehead, Somerset



Full-time (preferred) / Contract / Consultan

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