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Synthace logoSynthace is looking for engineers to expand their team of lab automation software developers, working at the interface of life science and engineering on the Antha project. Two positions are available, one at a senior level. The senior candidate is required to have experience with both software development and lab automation systems.

Apply via the Synthace careers page.

The project

Named by the World Economic Forum as one of the world’s 30 Technology Pioneers 2016, Synthace is re-imagining how we work with biology, exponentially improving the speed and quality of the final results. This is made possible through our high-level language and operating system for labs, Antha, which is already impacting how scientists work with biology in major companies like Dow, Merck and GSK.

Responsibilities

Working within a tight-knit, multidisciplinary development team on exciting projects with plenty of technical challenge to get your teeth into, you will:

  • Develop drivers and output processing for various robots, incubators and sophisticated laboratory equipment
  • Contribute to the implementation of the generic driver and data processing framework
  • Develop new interfaces and representations for equipment not presently supported (…
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Imperial College London is recruiting a Senior Research Software Engineer to join ICL's Research Computing Service. The successful candidate will collaborate with experts across the College, applying software engineering, distributed computing and machine learning to research in science, engineering and medicine. 

To find further information and apply to this job, please visit ICL's jobs page.

Closing date is 22nd November 2017.

The Software Sustainability Institute website has entered an at-risk period from 13th to 21st November. We're in the process of migrating our website to a different platform. While you may not see any visible changes, there is a lot happening back stage.

We expect the website to be up and running normally on 21st November. However, if you experience any inconveniences after the 21st, please get in touch at info@software.ac.uk or send a tweet to @SoftwareSaved and we will look into it.

The Software Sustainability Institute are very pleased to announce Overleaf as Platinum Sponsor of the Collaborations Workshop 2018 (CW18). They are very kindly offering 1 year Overleaf Pro+Teach accounts to every attendee! Register today! Collaboration Workshop 18 will take place from Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th March 2018 at The School of Mathematics, Cardiff University.

Founded in 2012 and with over 750,000 registered users, Overleaf is an academic authorship tool that allows seamless collaboration and effortless manuscript submission, all underpinned by cloud-technology. By providing an intuitive online collaborative writing and publishing platform, Overleaf is making the process of writing, editing and publishing scientific documents quicker and easier. Researchers and academics can now write, collaborate, and publish with a single click, directly from the Overleaf web-app. Publishers and Institutions are partnering with Overleaf to provide customized writing templates, simple reference tool linking, and one-click publishing submission links. Supported by Digital Science, Overleaf aims to make science and research faster, more open and more transparent by bringing the whole scientific writing process into one place in the cloud - from idea, to writing, to review, to publication.

Attendees of CW18 will also have the opportunity to interact…

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CW18The Software Sustainability Institute is delighted to invite researchers, developers, innovators, managers, funders, publishers, leaders, and educators to explore best practices and the future of research software. Collaboration Workshop 2018 (CW18 #CollabW18) will take place from Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th March 2018 at The School of Mathematics, Cardiff University.

The themes of the workshop will be Culture Change, Productivity and Sustainability

Register now at our Eventbrite page.

To find out more, keep an eye out for updates at the Collaborations Workshop 2018 page.

The Carpentries have announced that the first CarpentryCon will take place from 30 May-1 June 2018 at the University College Dublin, Ireland.

CarpentryCon aspires to become a major learning, skill-building and networking event for the global Carpentries community. CarpentryCon 2018 will focus on three main themes:

  • community building,
  • sharing knowledge and
  • networking.

More details about CarpentryCon 2018 can be found from the official Carpentries announcement.

Software Sustainability Institute Fellow Edward Smith is organising an informal workshop on the 10th November, funded by the Software Sustainability Institute and hosted by Imperial College London (Sir Alexander Fleming Building SAFB 119), to bring together UK research software engineers for a discussion on Testing and Continuous Integration on High Performance Computing Platforms. This will include software engineers from UK institutions, including Imperial, Cambridge, UCL and SESC. The aim of this meeting will be to identify problems and existing solutions, discuss current and best practice and coordinate efforts in the development of the national framework.

Please have a look at a tentative plan for the day.

The workshop is free, includes coffee and lunch with some money available for travel. Places are limited to thirty applicants, with preference given to attendees willing to give a relevant talk.

To sign up, please fill in this form.

 

As part of our on-going effort to collect information about RSEs in different countries, the SSI and de-RSE have created a specific version of the UK RSE survey for Germany (more information can be found here). 

Participants are needed for this survey on research software and people writing scientific software for Germany. If you are coding in and for academia in Germany then complete the survey and help us spread the word. You can also access a german version of the survey.

As of now there is not much knowledge about the community of those in research and science who develop software. This survey aims to gain valuable insights into this community in order to support research funders and other institutions to develop strategies and funding programs as well as policies.

Last and this years’ UK surveys [1, 2] allowed to gain valuable insights. To continue our success with this campaign, we need to track how the community evolves at other places. Simultaneously, similar surveys will be conducted in Canada, Australia, Norway, the Netherlands, the USA and South Africa. For reasons of comparability, this survey was closely coordinated with the others.

This survey gives German researchers and scientists the opportunity for their point of view and experiences to be heard and thus be part of the development of this community. It would be also very helpful if you could spread the word to others who develop…

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The ICT4S conferences bring together leading researchers in ICT for Sustainability with government and industry representatives, including decision-makers with an interest in using ICT for sustainability, researchers focusing on ICT effects on sustainability and developers of sustainable ICT systems or applications.

The theme of the 2018 conference, to be held on May 14-18, 2018 in Toronto, is “Thriving Communities”. The transformational power of ICT is essential to put our society on the path to sustainability. This potential could embrace all levels, from individuals to communities, from public sector to all industry sectors, from business goals to social aspirations and environmental objectives. ICT can bring people together to build thriving, resilient communities.

Papers relating to ICT for sustainability in a broad sense and papers developing this year’s theme (and beyond) are welcome, along with workshop proposals of traditional or unconventional formats for half-day or full-day workshops and submissions of high-quality extended abstracts for posters presenting late-breaking research or work in progress. Instructions for all types of submissions can also be found at the conference website.

Important Dates

Workshop proposals
Proposal submission deadline: Oct 15 2017
Proposal acceptance notification: Oct 22 2017

Paper & Journals First submissions
Abstracts deadline: Nov 7 2017
Full papers deadline: Nov 15 2017
Paper acceptance notification: Feb 1 2018
Camera-ready deadline: Mar 1 2018

Posters

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Open Science, that is, the trio of open access, open data, and open methods, is not a new concept in the scientific world. Despite the fact that Budapest Open Access Initiative is more than 15 years old and the level of openness among researchers rises continually, there is still a long way before open science becomes so ubiquitous we simply call it “science”.

A significant step for humanities, a discipline not commonly associated with rigorous scientific methods, is the creation of the Open Science Interest Group (OSIG) within the largest archaeological community of the Society for American Archaeology. In the recently published manifesto, Ben Marwick, the group creator, argues that an adoption of practices preached by the open science movement can significantly benefit individual scholars as well as the discipline as a whole. At first, the Interest Group will focus on "incentivizing open practices by issuing Center for Open Science (COS) badges for Open Data and Open Materials for display on qualifying posters and slide presentations at the SAA Annual Meeting and other professional venue" and "conduct workshops using Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry pedagogy and materials".


Archaeologists interested in supporting the Society for American Archaeology Open Science Interest Group are welcome to subscribe to…

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