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

Jonathan Cooper31 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

Jonathan Cooper27 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.

UCL’s Medical Imaging Research Software Group is growing again

Jonathan Cooper7 February 2022

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 again 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 27th February 2022, with interviews in March (exact dates TBC). This position is permanent (on an open-ended contract), with salary negotiable up to £48,167.

More entry & senior level RSE posts created at UCL

Jonathan Cooper20 December 2021

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

TL;DR: Apply via the UCL jobs system before the end of Sunday 9th January 2022!

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 health data science, 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 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 9th January 2022, with interviews taking place using Microsoft Teams during the week commencing 24th January. The salary range is from £36,770 to £53,757 per annum depending on grade.

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.