Why we need to create careers for research software engineers

Posted by s.hettrick on 12 November 2015 - 12:02pm

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 very people on whom we rely for help.

Read the article on the Scientific Computing World website.