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Entry and Senior level RSE posts available at UCL

Jonathan Cooper1 October 2021

The UCL Research Software Development Group is again looking for new RSE members at either entry or senior level. We are hoping to appoint at least 2 new staff, possibly more, depending on the strength of the field.

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 designing and building a big data image processing library in C++11 and Python, 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. The most important attribute is an enthusiasm for reproducible, reliable and sustainable computational research!

The team is friendly and diverse, currently with 30 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 either level.

For more details of the vacancy and to apply check out the full advert. Note that job descriptions for both 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 17th October 2021, with interviews taking place using Microsoft Teams (dates TBC). The salary range is from £36,770 to £53,757 per annum depending on grade.

UCL’s Centre for Advanced Research Computing is looking for another web development specialist

Jonathan Cooper24 September 2021

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 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, creating an online system to develop and evaluate models of heart cells, analysing live healthcare data within hospitals, or designing and building a big data image processing library in C++11 and Python, 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. The most important attribute is an enthusiasm for reproducible, reliable and sustainable computational research!

In 2020 we created a new role within the group for a Research Web Application Developer and are now seeking to expand this sub-team due to ongoing growing demand – ever more projects are requiring research software to be deployed as interactive web applications. We are particularly seeking a front-end web developer able to produce both attractive and functional solutions, but a desire to engage deeply with the research community is key – we work with people, not requirements specifications.

You will join a growing team that is friendly and diverse, with around 30 members currently. 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.

For more details and to apply check out the full advert. The closing date is 10th October 2021, with interviews taking place using Microsoft Teams from 27th October. The salary range is from £36,770 to £48,167 per annum depending on experience.

Join UCL’s Medical Imaging Research Software Group!

Jonathan Cooper24 July 2021

In 2019 the Research Software Development Group launched an exciting new collaboration with the Centre for Medical Imaging Computing (CMIC) to develop services for and support researchers across the institution who are working with medical research data sets, particularly imaging data. This sub-group, branded as the UCL Medical Imaging Research Software Group, has been so successful that we are now looking for new staff to expand our activities: collaborating on more research projects, and extending support to new areas such as pathology data and more general microscopy.

You will be able to take an active role in the deployment and support of cutting-edge image analysis techniques and infrastructure for large scale studies. 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.
  • 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 22nd August 2021, with (online) interviews in early September (exact dates TBC). This position is permanent (on an open-ended contract), with salary negotiable up to £47,256.

More growth in UCL’s Research Software Development Group

Jonathan Cooper31 March 2021

The UCL Research Software Development Group is again looking for new RSE members at either entry or senior level. We currently have one vacancy at each grade, and hope to be able to recruit more than this if we get a good field of candidates! While we always welcome any candidates matching the job descriptions, we are on this occasion particularly seeking expertise in high-performance computing (e.g., MPI, OpenMP, SYCL, novel technologies), or web development with Django.

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, creating an online system to develop and evaluate models of heart cells, analysing live healthcare data within hospitals, or designing and building a big data image processing library in C++11 and Python, 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. The most important attribute is an enthusiasm for reproducible, reliable and sustainable computational research!

The team is friendly and diverse, currently with 27 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.

For more details of the vacancy and to apply check out the full advert. Note that job descriptions for both 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 25th April 2021, with interviews taking place using Microsoft Teams in May (dates TBC). (We are working fully remotely until further notice due to the pandemic.) The salary range is from £36,028 to £52,764 per annum depending on grade.

Could you guide researchers working with sensitive data?

Jonathan Cooper19 November 2020

The UCL Research Software Development Group is looking to recruit to a new consultancy-style role supporting researchers from a range of backgrounds with data science analyses of sensitive data within UCL’s Data Safe Haven environment. You will provide specialist support and engagement to the research community, helping them to select appropriate solutions, deploy their analyses, scale up prototypes to high throughput usage, and develop bespoke solutions where needed.

You will work alongside a vibrant and growing team of research software developers and research computing experts. The Research Software Development Group, founded in 2012, was the first of its kind, and with 24 current members 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, creating an online system to develop and evaluate models of heart cells, analysing live healthcare data within hospitals, or designing and building a big data image processing library in C++11 and Python, we do it all. You will work particularly closely with our AI Studio team and Health Data Specialist, as well as our sister Research Computing group within the wider department.

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. For this role you will need experience of analysing, researching and solving complex computational data analysis problems, particularly at scale using high throughput technologies. However the most important attribute is an enthusiasm for reproducible, reliable and sustainable computational research! All our positions are permanent, on open-ended contracts, and enjoy good opportunities for personal development and career progression within the university.

For more details of the vacancy and to apply check out the full advert. The closing date is 11th April 2021, with interviews taking place using Microsoft Teams on 22nd April. (We are working fully remotely until further notice due to the pandemic.) The salary range is from £44,737 to £52,764 per annum.

Recruiting another [Senior] Research Software Developer

Jonathan Cooper1 November 2020

The UCL Research Software Development Group is again looking for new RSE members at either entry or senior level. While only a single vacancy is confirmed by HR so far, we hope to be able to recruit more than this if we get a good field of candidates!

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, creating an online system to develop and evaluate models of heart cells, analysing live healthcare data within hospitals, or designing and building a big data image processing library in C++11 and Python, 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. The most important attribute is an enthusiasm for reproducible, reliable and sustainable computational research!

The team is friendly and diverse, currently with 24 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.

For more details of the vacancy and to apply check out the full advert. Note that job descriptions for both 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 29th November 2020, with interviews taking place using Microsoft Teams in December (dates TBC). (We are working fully remotely until further notice due to the pandemic.) The salary range is from £36,028 to £52,764 per annum depending on grade.

Expanding the RSDG team with a new recruitment process and new specialist role

Jonathan Cooper13 May 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 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, creating an online system to develop and evaluate models of heart cells, analysing live healthcare data within hospitals, or designing and building a big data image processing library in C++11 and Python, 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. The most important attribute is an enthusiasm for reproducible, reliable and sustainable computational research!

The team is friendly and diverse, with over 20 members, and we are looking to expand further. Two vacancies are confirmed, but we intend to recruit more than this if we get a good field of candidates. 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.

Our first vacancy is for a generalist research software developer (or RSE), at either entry or senior level. Job descriptions for both grades are given, and you should state in your application which you consider best fits you. For more details check out the full advert. The closing date is 11th June 2020, with interviews taking place using Microsoft Teams from 22nd – 24th June. The salary range is from £35,965 to £52,701 per annum depending on grade.

Our second vacancy is for a specialist in web application development. This is a growing area of demand for us, with more projects requiring research software to be deployed as interactive web applications. We are particularly seeking a front-end web developer able to produce both attractive and functional solutions, but a desire to engage deeply with the research community is key – we work with people, not requirements specifications. Again, check out the full advert for more details. The closing date for this position is 12th June 2020, and the salary range is £35,965 to £43,470 per annum. Interviews will be via Microsoft Teams in the first part of the week commencing 29th June.

Recruiting a senior RSE specialising in health data analysis

Jonathan Cooper6 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.

Recruiting a new Medical Imaging team in UCL RSDG

Jonathan Cooper31 July 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, soon to have 20 members, and we work across college developing high-quality software, collaborating with scientists, engineers and scholars from all research domains.

We are now recruiting a second post in an exciting new collaboration, offering the opportunity for a research software engineer with skills in large-scale data management and analysis to underpin the activities of internationally leading research groups across the institution, including the Centre for Medical Imaging Computing (CMIC), the Institute of Neurology (ION) including the Dementia Research Centre, the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing, and the UCL Hospital (UCLH) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Clinical Research Informatics Unit (CRIU). They will take a leading role in implementing, maintaining and supporting usage of medical research data sets, particularly imaging data, and have an active role in the deployment of cutting-edge image analysis techniques and image sharing services to large scale studies.

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.

For more details check out the advert. The closing date is 11th November 2019, with interviews on 21st November. This position is permanent (on an open-ended contract), with salary negotiable up to £47,193.

Recruiting a Senior Research Software Developer at UCL

Jonathan Cooper23 July 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, soon to have 18 members, and we are looking to add another senior RSD to help lead the group! As well as providing technical leadership for projects, you will be expected to share in line and project management responsibilities.

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 two 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. We have a particular gap in senior oversight of arts and humanities projects, but other interests are also very welcome.

For more details check out the full advert. The closing date is 2nd September 2019, and interviews will be held on 13th September. This position is permanent (on an open-ended contract), with salary range of £43,884 – £51,769.