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ARC is UCL's research, innovation and service centre for the tools, practices and systems that enable computational science and digital scholarship


Archive for May, 2022

Further expansion of UCL’s RSE group, with permanent roles at assistant through senior levels

By Jonathan Cooper, on 31 May 2022

The UCL Research Software Development Group is again looking for new RSE members at 3 grades up to senior, with a new ‘assistant’ role suitable for applicants straight out of undergraduate degrees. We are planning to appoint at least 4 new staff, ideally more, depending on the strength of the field.

TL;DR: Apply via the UCL jobs system before the end of Monday 13th June 2022! Ensure you state in your application which grade you are applying for.

The 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 work across college developing high-quality software, collaborating with world-leading scientists, engineers and scholars from all research domains, within UCL and beyond. Whether this means using Python to build up a database of ancient Sumerian writings, parallelising Fortran codes for surface catalysis simulations, analysing live healthcare data within hospitals, or creating an MPI-distributed particle filter for data assimilation in Julia, we do it all. Given the variety of areas in which we work, and the regular turnover of new projects, we welcome a wide range of backgrounds and technical skill sets and support staff to learn on the job. Experience in Django, high-performance computing or “ML Ops” would be a bonus, but if the general job description matches your profile do not hesitate to apply – all skill sets are welcome. The most important attribute is an enthusiasm for reproducible, reliable and sustainable computational research!

The team is friendly and diverse, currently with over 35 members. All our positions are permanent, on open-ended contracts, and enjoy good opportunities for personal development and career progression within the group, in both technical and managerial tracks. We support a range of flexible working options, including part-time appointments at all levels.

For more details of the vacancy and to apply check out the full advert. Note that job descriptions for all 3 grades are given, and you should state in your application which you consider best fits you; the depth of interview will be selected accordingly. The closing date is 13th June 2022, with interviews taking place using Microsoft Teams around 2 weeks later. The salary range is from £29,802 to £53,757 per annum depending on grade.

Recruiting a dedicated RSE for open-source image-guided surgery tools

By Jonathan Cooper, on 27 May 2022

UCL’s Research Software Development Group is strengthening its expertise in medical imaging through a new joint post with the Wellcome / EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences (WEISS). WEISS is located at Charles Bell House in London, and is well supported by state-of-the-art computational facilities and surgical laboratories. Members of WEISS collaborate with world-leading centres such as the UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC), the Institute of Healthcare Engineering (IHE) and the Division of Surgical and Interventional Science.

This Research Software Engineer role is available at standard or senior level depending on your knowledge and experience. You will support the development, maintenance, and dissemination of open-source software tools to accelerate research and create clinical impact in image guided surgery. Until May 2024 the work will focus on further development of the SciKit-Surgery libraries. SciKit-Surgery aims to support researchers globally working on applications in image guided surgery. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to create novel open-source software libraries. The exact nature of the libraries may change based on research priorities but includes areas such as hardware accelerated deep learning, novel visualisation and user interface design, computer vision, and scientific education and outreach. You will also contribute to publications in international journals and conferences.

If the following describes you, then you should consider working with us:
  • You have created and maintained software addressing complex problems in one or more fields. Imaging or healthcare experience is beneficial but by no means essential!
  • You can build an understanding of new scientific questions, and connect research needs to IT requirements.
  • You are committed to software development best practices, and know how to apply these in research contexts.
  • You share our enthusiasm for reproducible, reliable computational research, and are able to help to spread that to our research community.
  • You are keen to expand your knowledge.

There are good opportunities for personal development and career progression within the group, in both technical and managerial tracks. The role includes time to study the research areas with which we work, and the specialist technologies applied in digital research. Funding for training and conference travel is also readily available.

For more details check out the formal advert and job specification. The closing date is 19th June 2022, with interviews later in June/July (exact dates TBC). This position is permanent (on an open-ended contract), with salary negotiable up to £53,757. Part-time applicants are welcome (unfortunately it’s only the small print of the formal ad that mentions this!) and various forms of flexible working are available.