In the third episode of the Nature careers podcast series on workplace technologies, Simon Hettrick, Software Sustainability Institute Deputy Director, tells Julie Gould about the role of research software engineers (RSEs). Simon also talks about the history of the research software engineer as a career path, including the birth of RSE groups and the annual RSE Conference, what they do, how their skills can support researchers with limited coding skills, and how you can become one.
The Society of Research Software Engineering is running a free workshop for aspiring RSE leaders. It will provide you with the contacts and expertise to run your own RSE Group or become a leader in the RSE community. At the workshop you will network with established RSE leaders, learn about some of the challenges facing RSEs and RSE Groups, and take part in discussions about the solutions to these challenges.
By Becky Arnold, University of Sheffield, with additional material by Rosie Higman, University of Manchester
The Turing Way is a project funded as part of UKRI’s Strategic Priorities fund. It aims to help researchers and RSEs improve the reproducibility of their research.
By Ilektra Christidi, UCL and Stephan Druskat, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. During the Third RSE conference in September, an international session was held in order to tap into the experiences and ideas of emerging RSE communities and associations around the world. The goal was to hold a more open discussion on the initiatives to be taken to coordinate this activity at an international level, capitalising on the RSE International Leaders workshop earlier this year.
By Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow.
This year I attended for the first time the third edition of the RSE conference thanks to the support of the Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship. The conference brings together Research Software Engineers (or RSEs) from across the UK and the world.
The inaugural Research Software Engineers (RSE) meeting will take place on Wednesday 26th September 2018, from 13:00–15:00, in room G.03, Bayes Centre, at the University of Edinburgh.
By Tim Powell, Research Software Engineer at the STFC Hartree Centre. This post was first published at the STFC Hartree Centre blog. On 3rd September the peaceful campus of Birmingham University came alive with bubbling groups of research software engineers, talking in excited tones about their latest optimisation tool and favourite python library, as the third annual conference of Research Software Engineers was started!
The Software Sustainability Institute invites everyone working on research software to fill in the 2018 RSE survey.
Previous RSE surveys have targeted specific countries. This year's RSE survey welcomes people from all over the world to participate. The survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete.