Careers

By Simon Hettrick, Deputy Director of the Software Sustainability Institute. In the weeks running up to the RSE Conference, myself and some colleagues will be providing our thoughts on the questions people have submitted for our panel discussion with senior university management about how RSEs are being supported within academia. (You can submit more questions and vote on the current questions on Sli.do.)
By Louise Chisholm, Jeremy Cohen, Jonathan Cooper, and Simon Hettrick. Most people who are looking to forge a career in research software engineering will come across barriers that are the result of outdated university policies put in place before software was such a critical element of research.

The UK Open Research Data Task Force has just released a report looking at the Research Data Infrastructure Landscape in the UK and beyond. The report provides a thorough overview of the infrastructure that supports open research data in the UK and abroad.

By Jonathan Cooper, University College London, Ilektra Christidi, University College London, Thomas Etherington,

By Helana Santos, games programmer and developer for Modern Dream.

This article is part of our series Women in Software, in which we hear perspectives on a range of issues related to women who study and work with computers and software.

How does it feel to be a woman in the games industry, you ask? Great, I say! I love working in an industry filled with people passionate about what they do. It is always wonderful to meet game developers making innovative, creative and fun experiences, to meet people who give wings to those creations and make them…

An article in Scientific Computing World by our Deputy Director, Simon Hettrick, argues for changing the traditional roles we expect to see in a research group.

We need software: it’s an integral part of modern research across all disciplines. However, harnessing the opportunities that software provides, whilst conducting reliable research, requires the influx of new skills. In turn, this requires a re-think of the roles that make up our research groups. Academia has yet to adapt to software-reliant research, which leads to missed opportunities and, more shamefully, disregard for…

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):

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.

By Gillian Law, Tech Literate.

Ashley Towers, Research Software Engineer at the University of Sheffield, explains why and how he won the job title he wanted. Job titles matter. Towers almost didn’t apply for his current job at the University of Sheffield – a job that he loves - because the title was all wrong.

"They advertised for a Computing Officer, and I probably wouldn't have paid any attention if I saw it on a job page, because it sounds like a IT Support, fixing-the-printers role. But I was fortunate in that my sister works for the University, and she sent me…

The Software Sustainability Institute was asked to take part in the debate about the employability of computer scientists and the ideas that have been proposed to help the situation. For our next post on the issue, we wanted a perspective from a computer science department, so we are very pleased to publish this post from Joyce Lewis at the University of Southampton.

By Joyce Lewis, Senior Fellow for Partnerships and Business Development at the University of Southampton.

It all depends what you mean by computer scientists... The statistics collected by UK…

Subscribe to Careers