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Archive for January, 2019

UCL’s Research Software Development Group is growing again

By Jonathan Cooper, on 14 January 2019

The UCL Research Software Development Group, founded in 2012, was the first of its kind, and is one of the leading university-based research programming groups in the UK. We are a friendly and diverse team, now with 13 members, and we are looking for more people to join us!

We work across college developing high-quality software, collaborating with scientists, engineers and scholars from all research domains.

Whether this means using Python to build up a database of ancient Sumerian writings, parallelising Fortran codes for surface catalysis simulations, creating an online system to develop and evaluate models of heart cells, analysing healthcare data in R, or designing and building a big data image processing library in C++11 and Python, we do it all, bringing specialist programming expertise, modern development practices (CI, TDD, Agile…), and engineering rigour to academic software. We provide software engineering consulting services to world-leading research teams, and collaborate with scientists and scholars to build software to meet new research challenges.

If the following describes you, then you should consider working with us:

  • You have created and maintained software addressing research problems in one or more fields.
  • You can rapidly assimilate understanding of new scientific questions, and quickly connect research needs to software requirements.
  • You are committed to software development best practices, and know how to adapt these to research contexts.
  • You are experienced in one or more languages and platforms used for scientific computing, and are keen to expand your knowledge.

We welcome a wide range of backgrounds and technical skill sets, given the variety of areas in which we work and the regular turnover of new projects. At present we’re particularly on the lookout for people with experience in R programming, health informatics, and/or web development (e.g. Angular, Django), but all candidates meeting the essential criteria are encouraged to apply.

For more details check out the full advert. The closing date is 11th February 2019, with interviews planned for 21st February. This position is permanent (on an open-ended contract), with salary negotiable up to £46,359. We would also welcome applications from candidates interested in a part-time position.