Job opportunity: Head of new Centre for Expertise on Modelling the Atmosphere and Climate (CEMAC)

The Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) within the School of Earth and Environment is one of the UK’s largest and most diverse institutes for atmospheric research, making fundamental advances in our understanding of climate change, weather, air pollution, and impacts on our planet and society. ICAS has over 30 academic staff and about 100 postdoctoral researchers and PhD students.

The Centre for Expertise on Modelling the Atmosphere and Climate (CEMAC) is a major new venture to substantially enhance the research, teaching, impact and outreach capabilities of the institute related to computer modelling, data and visualisation. CEMAC are seeking to appoint a high calibre Head of CEMAC to implement and lead the new Centre. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of operating within fast moving complex research computing environments. You will have a First degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in an appropriate technical, scientific, or engineering discipline, ideally with a strong software engineering component. You must be able to demonstrate previous success in developing and maintaining operational systems and software focused on responding to the needs of diverse users.

Further details concerning the School, its research activities and structure are available on the School's website.

Informal enquiries may be made to the Director of ICAS, k [dot] s [dot] carslaw [at] leeds [dot] ac [dot] uk (Professor Ken Carslaw), tel +44 (0)113 343 1597

Further information about the opportunity can be found on the University of Leeds website.

Four-year BBSRC PhD position available

Speaking about the issues thrown up by Big Data, The Economist reported in the article Welcome to the Yotta World that, by 2018, there would be a talent gap of ~150,000 data-science professionals globally. The problem is particularly acute in high-throughput biology.

To make progress in this area, an exciting collaboration has recently been established between The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC, Norwich) – a leading genome and bioinformatics research facility in Europe – the eLife journal (Cambridge) and the University of Manchester. Combining expert knowledge in visualisation and analysis of high-throughput biological data, the project will exploit the principal technologies developed by partners: the BioJavaScript open-source library for visualisation of biological components; the Utopia Documents ‘smart PDF reader’; and the publishing platform of the innovative, open-access journal eLife.

More information is available on the Genomes, Web 2.0 and Bioethics website.

Applied bioinformaticians are a type of Research Software Engineer and they need care and credit for research to meet its potential

A Nature | Comment article on the role applied Bioinformaticians play in biological research, how they prioritise the needs of others first, advance research

Carole Goble: why publish and be so damned hard to find?

The way in which academic papers are published makes much research unfindable, while scholars’ lack of transparency about their research methods renders many of their conclusions highly questionable.

This is the view of Carole Goble, one of the Institute's Co-Investigators, which she expressed at the Jisc Digital Festival 2015 and subsequently discussed with Chris Parr from Times Higher Education. This led to an excellent article in which Carole discusses her views on researchers' practices that result in the burying of data and research.

You can read the article on the THE website or listen to the interview with Carole on THE podcast.

Computational Semantics Hackathon, London

The Computational Semantics Hackathon provides an opportunity to discuss and develop tools that are used in Computational Semantics. The event can be of interest for researchers, developers, students and users of semantic NLP tools. It can also be interesting for anyone working in the area of data processing tools.

Computational Semantics Hackathon, will take place on 11-12 April 2015 at the Queen Mary University of London Mile End Campus and will be co-located with the 11th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS 2015).

More details and registration.

Developer in mathematical optimisation wanted at NAG

NAG is seeking a developer of mathematical optimisation software to join its optimisation development team. The desired individual will have many of the following characteristics:

The technology job gap in the US

The IT industry has been booming, giving high prospect to computer science degree holders. This infographic The Technology Job Gap highlights some little-known facts: for example, 9 out of 10 high schools in the US are not offering computer science classes, yet it is expected that IT will generate a million jobs in the US over the next decade.

Triple R interviews Simon Hettrick

Whilst attending the Research Bazaar in Melbourne last month Simon Hettrick, our Deputy Director, was invited to speak about the Institute's work on Triple R radio - Australia's largest community radio station. On the Byte into It show, Simon discusses some of the issues close to his heart, including the Institute's policy work and the campaign for Research Software Engineers.

The show was broadcast on 4 March 2015. An audio stream is available on the Triple R website (the interview starts 21 minutes into the show).

EPSRC seeking to recognise exceptional UK ICT doctoral students