BBSRC seeking information and views from non-faculty researchers and RSEs in UK biosciences

The BBSRC is gathering both information and views from non-faculty researchers performing essential research and research support roles. These staff are involved in activities such as (but not restricted to):

Fellows 2016 - application closing date extended to 4th October 2015

Application deadline extended to 11.59pm BST Sunday October 4th 2015

Workshop on the UK e-Infrastructure software ecosystem - Edinburgh - 16th October

The Software Sustainability Institute is hosting a workshop in Edinburgh on the 16th October to discuss the current and changing software ecosystem used on UK e-Infrastructure from laptops to supercomputers, with the aim of providing a report with recommendations for the RCUK e-Infrastructure Group, and BIS e-Infrastructure Leadership Council. It is being run on behalf of the National e-Infrastructure Project Directors Group, and the workshop is open to all working in the research software community, including users, service providers, developers, funders and policy makers.

Bioinformatics Officer, the Francis Crick Institute, London

The Francis Crick Institute (the Crick) is a partnership between the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK (CRUK), the Wellcome Trust, University College London (UCL), Imperial College London and King’s College London. It is a registered charity whose purpose is to conduct biomedical research into all aspects of human health and disease.

High calibre scientists and economists needed for the boards of Defra public bodies

Defra are looking for high calibre scientists and economists for public appointment positions this autumn.

Defra is responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry and sustaining a thriving rural economy. This means the work of the Department and its agencies has a major impact on people’s day-to-day lives, from the food we eat and the air we breathe, to the water we drink.

Scientific advice plays a vital role in this work and Defra are now looking for high calibre scientists and economists for public appointment positions on the boards of a range of their public bodies this autumn.

For more information, visit the site.

Free Institute help to improve your software - one week left to submit!

The Institute's Open Call provides the opportunity for UK researchers to gain software development expertise and effort - for free. The submissions deadline for this round of the Open Call is next week, Wednesday, 30 September 2015.

We invite research projects from any discipline who would like help with the development of their software to make a submission. For more information on the Open Call and to submit an application, please visit the Open Call page. You can also find out more about our current and past projects.

SPIERS tomography training course 14 December 2015 - Cardiff University

Institute Fellow Russell Garwood and colleagues are organising a SPIERS training course on the first day of the Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association in Cardiff, kindly supported by the Software Sustainability Institute.

SPIERS (Serial Palaeontological Image Editing and Rendering System) is a package of three programs for the reconstruction and analysis of tomographic (serial image) datasets, such as those obtained from serial-grinding of specimens, or from CT scanning. It is freely available and fully documented.

To find out more visit the course page.

Fellows 2016 launch webinar today at 3pm (BST) - join us to find out more!


The Institute's Fellowship programme funds researchers in exchange for their expertise and advice.

To find out more about the Fellows 2016 programme and hear the experiences of existing Fellows please register for our Fellows Launch webinar, it starts at 3pm (BST) today (Friday 11 September 2015).

Research Software Engineer and Data Scientist positions at EPCC

There are four positions being advertised for research software engineers and data scientists by EPCC. Founded at the University of Edinburgh in 1990, EPCC is a leading European centre of expertise in advanced research, technology transfer and the provision of supercomputer services. The variety of work gives staff exciting opportunities to develop skills in a wide range of areas.