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Cloud computing has become a very popular paradigm in computing in general and increasingly in the more demanding field of scientific computing. The RCUK Cloud Working Group has over the last 2 years initiated a series of community events and discussions to help researchers access and exploit cloud computing for their work. One early realisation is the need for practical advice as to how build an application that can be deployed across multiple clouds.

As part of the RCUK Cloud Working Group's series of community events that has been organised over the last two years, EMBL-EBI are pleased to offer  an open workshop and training session 'ResOps: Delivering Science Across Clouds'. The event will take place on Monday 3rd July 2017. The day will provide some basic domain neutral practical experience on working with clouds from the work EMBL-EBI has been doing over the last year.

Attendees should be comfortable with technical scientific computing concepts and operating in and administering a linux environment (i.e. ssh, shell scripts, etc) and will learn about using DevOps technologies (e.g. Ansible, Terraform, Puppet, Docker) to deploy onto OpenStack.

To register, please visit the event page.

As part of their current strategic review of the Janet network and the services it provides to the research and education communities in the UK, Jisc is holding a free one day conference, the Janet Network and services review, on Thursday 15 June 2017 at The Royal Society, London.

This event is focused on the research communities and those who support them within the organisations that connect to Janet. It will be an opportunity to hear about how we are approaching the evolution of the Janet network and for you to comment on this in the context of research networking requirements in various research disciplines.

This will be a full day event, running from 10:00–15:30, featuring morning presentations, lunch, followed by an open discussion time in the afternoon.

For further information, including registration details, visit the Janet network and services review page.

This includes additional background information and some potential discussion topics. In advance of the event, Jisc welcomes any suggestions you may have for discussion topics, or questions that you would like to raise. Please send these via email to David Salmon.

The Institute is helping organise and run a Software Carpentry taster on 18 May 2017 at Digital Humanities @ Manchester Digital Texts workshops.

Together with our colleagues from Research IT, University of Manchester, and University of Sheffield Library, we are running a half-day introduction to the command line and automating tasks for the digital humanities based on the Software and Library Carpentry's shell lesson.

The Carpentry session will take place on the morning of day one of a two-day event comprising of three mini workshops on 18th & 19th May at the School of Digital Humanities in Manchester.

Registration is free and there are still places available.

For other workshops at the same event—run by Pip Willcox, Head of the Centre for Digital Scholarship at the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford—, see:

In connection with the project “Supercomputing Wales”, Swansea University is looking for up to six High Performance Computing Research Software Engineers at various grades. Working closer with researchers in Engineering, Medicine and Science, these outstanding individuals equipped with both discipline-specific and technical skills will provide software support to researchers across the relevant disciplines. Main duties include code optimisation for current and emerging platform.

Full details are provided at the following Swansea University job vacancies pages:

Research Software Engineers

Senior Research Software Engineers

For informal queries, please contact Professor Biagio Lucini

We need your help with our campaign for Research Software Engineers (i.e. software experts who work in academia).

Last year's survey [1] allowed us to prove that software experts make a huge contribution to research, but often go unacknowledged and are paid less than their research counterparts. To continue our success with this campaign, we need to track how the community evolves over time, so please complete our survey.

It takes around 15 minutes and all demographic questions are non-mandatory.

It would be very helpful if you could forward this email to any software experts you know who work in academia, or anyone who employs software experts in academia.

[1]: See RSE State of the Nation Report 2017, page 21.

About the survey

The purpose of this survey is to collect information about people who develop software that is used in research. We call these people Research Software Engineers (RSEs), but they use many different job titles (including postdoctoral researcher and research assistant).

Please note that this research is not compulsory and even if you decide to participate you can withdraw at any moment.

This study is conducted by the University of Southampton on behalf of the Software Sustainability Institute and complies with University of Southampton ethics guidelines (reference no.: ERGO/FPSE/25269). The investigators are Simon Hettrick and Olivier Philippe. The survey is hosted on Limesurvey servers in Germany and respects the provisions of the Data Protection Act. These records are anonymised and access is strictly protected…

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Candidates are invited to submit an outline proposal in the first instance. Up to £4m is available for this call. EPSRC expects to fund 4 – 8 Fellows in this call, for a period of up to 5 years. Please note only 2 submissions per institution are allowed.

The aim of this call is to provide long-term funding to individuals working as Research Software Engineers who demonstrate exceptional leadership skills and will be able to co-ordinate and promote the role of Research Software Engineers in academia. 

Closing date is 8th June 2017.

Please note that you must read the full Call document for guidance before submitting your proposal. 

EPSRC Research Software Engineer Fellowship

The RSE Fellowship describes exceptional individuals in the software field who demonstrate leadership and have 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. As well as having expertise in computational software development and engineering, the RSE Fellow should be an ambassador for the research software community and have the potential to be a future research leader in the RSE community. RSE Fellows should promote the widespread use of computation and software best practice to enhance research.

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The RSE Conference Committee is currently calling for 15-minute talks, posters and 90-minute workshops or tutorials. Submit your proposals by 28th April 2017.

The RSE conference 2017 is for anyone who works in research and cares about software to the Research Software Engineers Conference 2017 taking place on 7th & 8th September at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.

Registration will open in June.

The first RSE conference in 2016 brought together 202 Research Software Engineers from 14 countries and was a huge success:

“This might have been my 30th conference but it was the first where I felt thematically 100% at home and understood. I understood that I am not alone with my observation, practices, solutions, problems. Great discussions, great networking, great venue, great organisation."

“It was a fantastic conference put together really well. I especially loved the small size (very manageable and easy to meet everyone!) and the venue (how refreshing to walk to other rooms quickly instead of running across conference centres).”I

The RSE committee kindly offers to provide a mentor for less experienced conference speakers or workshop leaders. Questions before submitting a proposal can be sent to rse2017@rse.ac.uk.

 

We have funding available at EPCC for PhD places to study different aspects of research software, related to the work of the Software Sustainability Institute.

To be eligible for funding covering both fees and stipend, students must be UK nationals, or EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years before commencing the studentship. 

There is a deadline of 15th May 2017 for applications for funded places. Prospective students should contact Neil Chue Hong (n.chuehong @ software.ac.uk) who will help them develop a short (2-3 page) research proposal which they must submit as part of their application. Please note that Neil is on leave between 21st April and 7th May, so responses will be slightly delayed.

 

Deadline for submissions 30 April 2017. 

To submit your work, please prepare a short abstract (250 words). 

For full details please visit the workshop's event page.

Women in HPC will once again attend the ISC High Performance Computing conference to discuss diversity and will bring together women from across the international HPC community, providing opportunities to network, showcasing the work of inspiring women and discussing how we can all work towards to improving the under-representation of women in supercomputing.

The Diversifying the HPC community workshop aims to recognise and discuss the challenges faced by women, one of many underrepresented groups that exist in HPC, as well as opportunities for broadening participation in HPC fields and activities to encourage women to enter the field with consideration of differing legislation affecting hiring and employment practices among the different countries. This workshop will take place on Thursday 22nd June 2017 at ISC High Performance Computing conference.

Panel discussion and breakout sessions

We will host a panel discussion and breakout sessions inviting questions and suggestions from the audience on how employers can help diversify the HPC workforce, the obstacles employers face, and sharing best practise across the international community from a variety of HPC employers.

Breakout 1 (Improving Diversity in the Workplace): What methods have you put in place to improve…

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Newcastle University are seeking to recruit a researcher with experience in the development of optimised high performance computing software to join a large multi-disciplinary team of researchers on an ambitious research project. The researcher will be expected to extend and develop a large scale biological simulation model built around LAMMPS. The initial focus for this work will be on parallelising extensions to the LAMMPS codebase which simulate microbial cells using an Individual Based Model. 


This post will be based within the Large Scale Modelling Team of the NUFEB project at Newcastle University. For more information about the project please see the NUFEB website http://research.ncl.ac.uk/nufeb

The closing date for applications is 26 April 2017. Further details can be found at: http://bit.ly/2mZHkBN or contact Steve McGough.