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Archive for January, 2020

Recruiting a senior RSE specialising in health data analysis

By Jonathan Cooper, on 6 January 2020

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 world. We are a friendly and diverse team who work across the university developing high-quality software, collaborating with scientists, engineers and scholars from all research domains. Healthcare research is a growing application area for us, and this new post focuses on such activity, working closely with other groups in Research IT Services (RITS) and collaborators in the Health Data Research (HDR) UK initiative.

We are seeking someone to lead UCL’s work enabling analysis of the massive sensitive datasets that are increasingly core to health data research. Your work will focus on helping researchers to make the most effective use of the resources available at UCL and elsewhere; for instance helping them prepare their data for analysis, developing new software, or scaling their existing software. This may involve any aspects of data science and AI, including statistics, visualization, and machine learning. You will also be responsible for designing the next generation of our services for health data research, liaising with colleagues across UCL, our partners and HDR UK to ensure our systems and tools are fit for purpose.

Since this is a new service area, you will be expected to provide significant input to the scope and responsibilities for the role once in post. Longer term, we intend this single post to nucleate a sub-team fulfilling the role, funded both by future research grants and institutional commitments, which you could progress to lead.

As part of the RITS team you will mentor other team members and continually improve the team’s ways of working. You will contribute to the development and design of teaching and training courses in data science for health and related subjects and you may also manage external funding opportunities from initial idea through to successful funding.

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 programming languages and platforms used for data-intensive research, and are keen to expand your knowledge.

We welcome a wide range of backgrounds and technical skill sets within the group. For this role strengths in data science and high-throughput computing are particularly valuable.

For more details and to apply check out the full advert. The closing date is 2nd February 2020, with interview date TBC. This position is permanent (on an open-ended contract), with salary range of £44,674 – £52,701.