Research Software Engineer (RSE)

Job Description

Are you interested in leading a team to develop and facilitate reproducible software through collaborations across the whole spectrum of university research areas?

An opening is available to join the growing Research Software Engineering (RSE) team on an open-ended contract. The role is ideal for someone with a passion for research and for good software engineering looking to use their skills in collaborative software development and reproducible research to make an impact on research projects across the whole of the University of Sheffield and beyond.

You will embed your software engineering skills through collaboration and training/teaching. You should have experience of collaborating with key stakeholders/clients to specify, develop, improve and deliver technical software and the ability to undertake such collaborations in a research environment. You will work within the existing RSE team across a range of research projects, departments, and institutes within the university, as well as advocating good practice, providing free at the point of use support and assisting in the development of new strategic collaborations.

Educated to PhD level (close to completion, or equivalent experience), you will have a track record of high-quality software development and a commitment to open, reproducible research. Applications are welcome from both software development generalists and from RSEs with inter-disciplinary technology focused skills which either complement or extend our existing portfolio, such as data analytics (including statistical computing, machine learning and deep learning), numerical computing, High-Performance Computing (HPC; including multi-core and GPUs), etc.

You will enhance the university’s capability and expertise in developing research software as part of academic research and will collaborate closely with IT Services to ensure the RSE team aspects of the university’s overarching Research IT strategy.

You will have an excellent opportunity for research software skills development. You will actively support the wider research community and will be encouraged to represent the team in national/international activities. For example, current team members hold positions and qualifications including: Society of RSE Trustee, rOpenSci Editor, NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute accredited trainers, and accredited Carpentries organisation instructors.

We are committed to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit the individual and University.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

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