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Questions about the RSE Fellowship?

There have been a number of questions asked about the recently announced Research Software Engineer Fellowship.

EPSRC announces Fellowship for Research Software Engineers!

Our campaign for Research Software Engineers (RSEs) has always benefited from the help and support of the EPSRC. Today the EPSRC announced a new call that will make a huge difference to the UK Research Community: Fellowships for Research Software Engineers.

The call will support Research Software Engineer Fellowships for a period of up to five years. The RSE Fellowship describes exceptional individuals with combined expertise in programming and a solid knowledge of the research environment. The Research Software Engineer works with researchers to gain an understanding of the problems they face, and then develops, maintains and extends software to provide the answers.

To support the role of RSEs and establish a cohort in the academic environment, up to £3m is available for the pilot call. Candidates are invited to provide an Intent to Submit document in the first instance to register interest. Full proposals will be subject to a rigorous peer review and sift process before a final selection by interview.

For more information, visit the EPSRC website. The closing date for the call is 21 July 2015.

Free help with research software - the Institute's Open Call reopens on 1 July 2015

The Institute's Open Call provides UK researchers with software development effort and expertise - for free. Researchers can bid for our Research Software Engineers to work on their project for, typically, between one to five months.

The next round of the Open Call will open on 1 July 2015, with a submission deadline of 30 September 2015.

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.

Scientific Computing Impact Manager needed at STFC

  • Harwell Campus, Didcot, Oxon
  • Fixed Term – 3 years
  • £28,384 to £34,002 per annum (depending on experience)
  • Closing Date: 26 May 2015
  • Interview Date: 10 June 2015

About Us

At the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), you belong to a community of experts who are driving science and technology forward. Our teams bring together curiosity-driven, blue-skies thinking with practical, application-led science - to maximise our impact for the benefit of the UK and its people. This is the home of an incredible diversity of research, technology and engineering projects that truly fire the imagination and lead to real-world solutions which shape societies and transform lives. We give you the flexibility, the freedom and the world-class facilities to focus on what you do best, and play your part in breakthroughs and achievements that will give you lifelong pride.

The Scientific Computing Department (SCD) is an internationally recognised centre carrying out scientific software development and providing leading edge compute and data services to support the work of world class science both within STFC and internationally.

Two vacancies on EPSRC’s E-infrastructure Strategic Advisory Team (SAT)

EPSRC run an annual process to refresh the membership of their strategic advice streams and this year the research infrastructure theme were seeking three new members for their e-infrastructure strategic advice team (SAT).

Following a request from the Appointments Assurance Committee to extend the process so that the diversity of applications can be improved, nominations for two vacancies on the e-infrastructure SAT will be re-opened. This is part of EPSRC Council’s drive to improve diversity in EPSRC’s advice streams.

We are now contacting our community and highlighting this opportunity. Applicants should have knowledge of e-infrastructure or HPC at a local, regional or national level from a perspective​ of an academic or industrial user, or service provider.

We are particularly keen to encourage applications from underrepresented groups (e.g. women and minorities). If you would like to apply for one of these posts and have any questions about the role please contact Iain [dot] Larmour [at] epsrc [dot] ac [dot] uk (Iain )Iain [dot] Larmour [at] epsrc [dot] ac [dot] uk (Larmour)  (01793 444 073).

Visit the EPSRC website for further details about these vacancies and to access the self-nomination form and the organisational nomination form.

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.