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

The closing date for applications is 26 April 2017. Further details can be found at: or contact Steve McGough.


WSSSPE5.2WSSSPE5.2 will take place in Auckland, New Zealand during IEEE eScience from 24th to 27th October. The workshop will discuss topics relevant to building a sustainable future for open-use research software and the activities that are needed to get there. This includes discussion of practices and experiences in sustainable scientific software, with the goal of improving the quality of today’s research software and the experiences of its developers by sharing practices and experiences. The workshop aims to facilitate the creation of a regional community focussed on sustainable research software, by sharing and building best practice both locally and internationally.

Call for submissions 

Deadline for abstracts 

30th June 2017

Submission types and formats 

  • Lightning talks: a short paper, up to two pages, that if accepted can be conveyed in a five to seven-minute talk.
  • Full paper: a long paper, up to 10 pages, that can be presented in…
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Research Software Engineers, EPSRC, funding awardEPSRC has awarded £100K to the Software Sustainability Institute and the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) to build links and network with the USA HPC communities, announced today at the Tier-2 launch in Birmingham. As part of this funding, a sum of £35,000 has been made available to support collaboration, share knowledge and build stronger partnerships between UK and US Research Software Engineers (RSEs). The Software Sustainability Institute will administer this initiative and make grants available to support objectives such as sharing specific expertise or projects, or promoting and sharing RSE experiences with international centres.

This funding aims to encourage greater collaboration around the following topics:

  • investigating emerging hardware and the impact on software;

  • building collaboration around a particular science area;

  • developing common community codes;

  • building links between computational /computer science and maths.

An initial round of funding will target applications from EPSRC RSE Fellows, the UK Research Software…

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CDT mapThe Software Sustainability Institute has gathered information on the Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) in a map, as some of them may require training in basic software development skills to help scientists improve or speed up their research, ensure that their results are more reliable and verifiable, encourage sharing code and collaboration with others and aid reproducibility overall. As the Institute already has multi-year training agreements with some CDTs relating to running and coordinating Software Carpentry (SWC) and Data Carpentry (DC) workshops, we were also interested to identify other centres, which may be interested in either helping with setting up regional training centres or setting up their own software training.

Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), also called Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs), are one of the several ways by which research councils in the UK provide support for advanced, high-level and increasingly interdisciplinary scientific training following undergraduate studies.

Go to the interactive map and find out more.


RSE Conference 2017Following the success of the First Conference of Research Software Engineers, the Second Conference will be held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester on the 7th-8th September 2017. We are expecting a lively, international mix of over 200 attendees and are now announcing the opening of the calls for talks, posters, workshops and tutorials.

RSE17 is not a standard academic conference! It’s a community conference: get involved and help us build the RSE Community.

The deadline is Friday 28th April, with an early deadline of Friday April 7th for those who want to apply for £250 travel bursaries.

For more information, please visit the RSE website.

Registration for the conference will open on May 31st. If you want to be notified, please sign up for notifications using this form

Most of us recognise that diverse teams are good for productivity and output. But do you know how to improve diversity and build a more inclusive environment? Have you ever heard of unconscious bias, stereotype threat or imposter syndrome? Do you ever feel like you aren’t good enough to be in the community or feel like a ‘fraud’? This WHPC event will discuss the real effects of these three topics on the workplace, providing the audience with an introduction to each theme, how they may affect you and how they impact employers, employees, advisors, managers or your peers.

This event will take place on Wednesday 5th April 10am-3pm (Coffee & Registration from 9.30am) and will encourage audience participation with the use of audience focused discussions based on case studies. This session aims generate lively discussion, generate new and novel approaches to solving some of the challenges we face and we encourage the audience to discuss challenges they have faced both as hirers/managers and as women working with HPC across all research disciplines.

The session welcomes participation from everyone that is interested in discussing improving diversity in the HPC community across all discipline.

This event is organised by Women in HPC as part of the ARCHER Outreach project.

Registration is free at EventbritePlaces are limited, so register early to avoid disappointment.

Focus groups: Alongside this event we will be running 1 hour focus groups that…

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Collaborations Workshop 2017, IoT, Open Data, research softwareAre you a PhD student based in the UK and want to attend our Collaborations Workshop 2017? 

We are pleased to announce that Jisc, CW17 sponsor, have kindly offered a PhD student bursary to attend our Collaborations Workshop 2017, which topic is Internet of Things (IoT) and Open Data: implications for research.

To apply for this bursary, fill in this form by Tuesday 21 March 2017. We will assess your application and let you know if you have been successful by 5pm on Wednesday 22 March 2017. Note the bursary is only available to UK based PhD students.

CW17 will take place from 27th to 29th March 2017 in Leeds, UK.JISC funds PhD bursary

Docker Containers, Reproducible ResearchSubmit your abstract by 31st March 2017 at midnight.

Presenters are invited to submit abstracts for 15-minute talks (plus 5 minutes for questions) and lightning talks on the following subjects:

  • Examples of use—positive or otherwise and lessons learned
  • Position papers
  • Applications for Reproducible Research
  • Other use cases
  • Building other tools around container ecosystem
  • Comparing different types of containers
  • The future and challenges for adoption, or lack thereof, in specific communities

The Software Sustainability Institute’s Docker Containers for Reproducible Research Workshop (C4RR) will take place on from 27th to 28th June 2017 in Cambridge. C4RR aims to gain insight into the topics of containers technologies and how these impact and will impact on research. It is…

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Supercomputing free online course, FutureLearnToday’s supercomputers are the most powerful calculating machines ever invented, capable of performing more than a thousand million million calculations every second. This gives scientists and engineers a powerful new tool to study the natural world: computer simulation. This free online course will introduce you to what supercomputers are, how they are used and how we can exploit their full computational potential to make scientific breakthroughs.

Register now for the first run on 6th March 2017.

The course is designed for anyone interested in leading-edge computing technology, supercomputers or the role that computer simulation takes in modern science and engineering.

All of the technical aspects will be covered at a conceptual level and there is no requirement to be able to write computer programs. However, anyone with existing programming experience will learn how programming modern supercomputers differs from programming a home PC.

Over five weeks, the course will look at:

  • Supercomputers: introducing supercomputing terminology and some of the largest machines in the world.
  • Parallel computers: how they are built from hundreds of thousands of CPUs, each similar to those in a desktop PC.
  • Parallel computing: using parallel processing to…
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Do-a-thon, Open Data Day 2017SPARC and the NIH invite everyone, whether new or old to Open Research Data, scholar or citizen, to join them in a two-day do-a-thon all around open research data in London and online on March 4th-5th, as part of the celebrations for Open Data Day 2017.

Each day will run 9am - 6pm. The organisers will provide breakfast, lunch, and snacks (including coffee) with informal dinner & drinks each evening. The program is designed to be lightweight and flexible to allow the maximum time for doing.

Virtual participants are encouraged to peak in on our activities any time, but it is recommended defaulting to something like 9am - 6pm in their respective time zones.

For further information, visit their GitHub repo.

Register at their event page.