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Centre for Advanced Research Computing


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


Recruiting a Senior Research Software Developer at UCL

By Jonathan Cooper, on 23 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.

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