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Sarah Jaffa

Sarah Jaffa

SSI fellow

University College London


Lowering the learning curve for researcher-coders, through teaching and learning of coding for beginners, and improving coding practice to help onboarding new researchers into ongoing projects.

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During my PhD and postdoc in computational astrophysics I encountered many examples of how bad coding can slow down or stall a research project and have negative effects on researchers career progression and mental health. I learned a lot on my own and tried to implement best practices, advocated for structural change in researchers attitude to code, and found the wonderful world of Research Software Engineering! I now enjoy working with passionate dedicated colleagues at all career stages and contributing to cutting edge research across many disciplines as an RSE at UCL.

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