Data Carpentry is hiring a Deputy Director of Assessment

Data Carpentry ( seeks to hire a full-time staff member to direct its assessment activities.

ContentMine Fellowships - applications due 3 June 2016

ContentMine is a scholarly assistant for the 21st Century - a team of researchers and developers building an open source pipeline for mining facts from the scientific literature: from genes to species, diseases to chemicals.

Senior Research Software Engineer post at University of Manchester

The eScience Lab at the University of Manchester is currently seeking a Senior Research Software Engineer to work on standards,

Research Associate/Research Software Engineer in Massive Scale Complex Systems Simulation with Accelerated Computing

A new position is available as a Research Associate/Research Software Engineer (at the University of Sheffield, UK) in the area of complex systems modelling using emerging high performance parallel architectures. 

This post can be configured in two different ways. Either as a 3 year Research Associate/Research Software Engineer only, or as a 5 year post working as a Research Associate/Research Software Engineer (60%) and a Research Software Consultant (40%). Candidate’s preference for either option will be discussed at the interview stage. 

The overall goal of this post is to provide long-term software and development management for the FLAME and FLAME GPU packages that are used extensively within EPSRC-funded research. The post has the option to be extended from 3 - 5 years through research software consultancy via the newly formed Research Software Engineering Sheffield Initiative. The position would suit either a Software Developer with experience working in an academic environment, or a Researcher working in the area of application and implementation of software. In either case applicants should be excellent software developers with experience of writing performance oriented code in C or C++. An understanding of parallel computing techniques with some experience of accelerated computing with GPUs is essential and hands on experience of multi-core techniques and interdisciplinary research is highly desirable. A PhD in software engineering or computer science (or equivalent experience) is essential. 

Position available: Junior Research Software Engineer / Junior HPC Systems Administrator

The BBSRC/EPSRC-funded Bristol Synthetic Biology Research Centre (BrisSynBio) invites applications for a Junior Research Software Engineer / Junior HPC Systems Administrator, who will work with BrisSynBio in the Advanced Computing Research Centre (ACRC), one of the UK’s leading University High Performance Computing and Research Data Storage Facilities. This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, talented and highly motivated individual to begin a career as a Research Software Engineer and HPC Systems Administrator. The successful applicant will work with researchers in the field of synthetic biology across the biological, physical, engineering and mathematical sciences.

Hartree Centre Summer Schools 2016 will address big data skills shortage

With more than 48,000 job listings for data scientists on LinkedIn right now, but with fewer than 20,000 people registered with that title, the growing skills shortage in big data analytics has never been more evident.

In an increasingly digital world, computing and data interpretation have become fundamental to our way of life, from the way we interact with the world and develop new ideas, to the way we conduct research and do business across all sectors.

To enhance early career researchers’ job prospects and upskill high-tech workforces, the Hartree Centre Summer Schools 2016 are focusing on some of the most sought-after skills demanded by today’s employers - high performance computing (HPC), big data, engineering simulation and visualisation.

Alison Kennedy, Director, at the Hartree Centre said: “Technologies and tools in areas such as big data are transforming the way that successful businesses compete on a global scale, but there is this huge unmet demand for the data scientists they need to be able to make sense of all the valuable information that is available to them today. So whether you work in high performance computing or software engineering, or you are a chemist, statistician, biologist or even an astrophysicist, there has never been a better time to sharpen your skills in these highly employable and much-demanded areas. Knowledge in any or all of the subjects we are focusing on at the Hartree Summer Schools 2016 could be of massive benefit to any current or future career.”

Located at Sci-Tech Daresbury in Cheshire, the Hartree Centre is offering four separate week-long programmes in these four influential and in-demand subjects, and delegates can book onto as many or as few of the following weeks as they feel are relevant as a rate of £150 per week.

For more information, visit the website or register for the event.

Vacancy for research operations manager at Evidence-Based Medicine Lab

A position for a research operations manager, working with Dr Ben Goldacre and Anna Powell-Smith, is now available at the Evidence-Based Medicine Lab at the University of Oxford.

  • Job title: Research Operations and Digital Delivery Manager
  • Location: University of Oxford, UK
  • Contract type: two years fixed term, in the first instance 
  • Salary: Grade 8 £38,896 - £46,414 p.a.

The position would suit a researcher with interests in epidemiology/evidence-based medicine, and software/digital. for more details, view the job advert.

Data and Software Carpentry in-person Instructor Training in Edinburgh

The Software Sustainability Institute will host the Data and Software Carpentry in-person Instructor Training on 4-5th May 2016 in Edinburgh. A number of attendees who have been ​on a waiting list for the training have already signed up but there are still several places left.

The Economist features the Institute: Of more than academic interest

This week's Economist features an article on academic "spaghetti code" which notes the Software Sustainability Institute's goal of "encouraging British academics to code sensibly".

SOME programmers call it “spaghetti code”. Though error-strewn, it works—most of the time. It is likely to have been written in an out-of-date language, possibly more than one of them. It has grown by accretion, as different graduate students and postdocs, many long since departed to other institutions, have tweaked it, fixed it and patched it. And it is, of course, unannotated, so nobody really knows what is going on inside it.

The article notes Neil Chue Hong's vital role as Principal Investigator, and we would like to add our thanks to all of the Institute's staff - and the four founding universities - for making the Institute so successful that it's now being picked up by mainstream newspapers!

Write Software Management Plans with DMPonline

A Software Management Plan in DMPonline

When developing research software, we need to know what we are going to write, who it is for (even if this is just us), how we will get it to them, how it will help them, and how we will assess whether it has helped them or not. A Software Management Plan can help us think about these and decide upon the processes and infrastructure we will use when developing our software.

Since deploying a prototype Software Management Plan service last year, we have been drawing together advice and guidance to help researchers write Software Management Plans. We have now published v0.1 of our Checklist for a Software Management Plan. Our checklist is complemented by extensions to DMPonline, the Digital Curation Centre's service for writing Data Management Plans, which now allows researchers to create personalised Software Management Plans.

Please see our page on Software Management Plans, for both our checklist and how to use DMPonline for writing Software Management Plans.