NumFOCUS is seeking a full-time Projects Director to develop and run a sustainability incubator program for NumFOCUS fiscally sponsored open-source projects. This is the first program of its kind, with opportunity for enormous impact on the open-source ecosystem. Knowledge gained from this program will be public, meaning it has the potential to change how all open source projects are managed.

For more information, please see the online job advert.

Data Carpentry ( seeks to hire a full-time staff member to direct its assessment activities. This person will design, implement, monitor, analyze, and report on a comprehensive system of metrics to help the Data Carpentry project and its sibling organization, Software Carpentry (, evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the training they offer, to both learners and instructors.

Data Carpentry is a not-for-profit organization developing and teaching workshops on fundamental data skills needed to conduct research. Its mission is to provide researchers high-quality, domain-specific training covering the full lifecycle of data-driven research. Data Carpentry lessons are intentionally domain specific, and span the life, physical, and social sciences. Data Carpentry workshops create an environment friendly to learners who have little to no prior computational experience, and are designed to empower researchers to apply the skills learned to data driven discovery in their own research.

The Deputy Director of Assessment position is initially funded for 2 years through a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The incumbent will be hired and paid as a contractor of NumFOCUS, Data Carpentry’s fiscal sponsor and grant funds administrator. Review of applications will begin May 20, 2016, and the position will remain open until filled.

For a full description, including instructions on how to apply, please see

The eScience Lab at the University of Manchester is currently seeking a Senior Research Software Engineer to work on standards, community building and creation of reference implementations.

The work focuses on identifier systems to aid interoperability of EU Infrastructure investments in the Life Sciences.

The work will be on the CORBEL project and is for two years.

Here is a link to the official advertisement

Closing date for applications is 23 May 2016.

A new position is available as a Research Associate/Research Software Engineer (at the University of Sheffield, UK) in the area of complex systems modelling using emerging high performance parallel architectures. 

This post can be configured in two different ways. Either as a 3 year Research Associate/Research Software Engineer only, or as a 5 year post working as a Research Associate/Research Software Engineer (60%) and a Research Software Consultant (40%). Candidate’s preference for either option will be discussed at the interview stage. 

The overall goal of this post is to provide long-term software and development management for the FLAME and FLAME GPU packages that are used extensively within EPSRC-funded research. The post has the option to be extended from 3 - 5 years through research software consultancy via the newly formed Research Software Engineering Sheffield Initiative. The position would suit either a Software Developer with experience working in an academic environment, or a Researcher working in the area of application and implementation of software. In either case applicants should be excellent software developers with experience of writing performance oriented code in C or C++. An understanding of parallel computing techniques with some experience of accelerated computing with GPUs is essential and hands on experience of multi-core techniques and interdisciplinary research is highly desirable. A PhD in software engineering or computer science (or equivalent experience) is essential. 

The post holder will interface between software development and novel research into software approaches for simulation and, as such, there is scope and funding…

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The BBSRC/EPSRC-funded Bristol Synthetic Biology Research Centre (BrisSynBio) invites applications for a Junior Research Software Engineer / Junior HPC Systems Administrator, who will work with BrisSynBio in the Advanced Computing Research Centre (ACRC), one of the UK’s leading University High Performance Computing and Research Data Storage Facilities. This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, talented and highly motivated individual to begin a career as a Research Software Engineer and HPC Systems Administrator. The successful applicant will work with researchers in the field of synthetic biology across the biological, physical, engineering and mathematical sciences.

Applicants are expected to have a background in computational research, computer programming and/or HPC systems administration, and have the motivation, demeanour and communication skills necessary to work effectively as part of a large team to help develop solutions to a wide array of problems. The successful applicant will receive tailored advanced training in HPC systems administration, computer programming and applications of synthetic biology, which will build on their existing knowledge. Applicants must therefore be prepared for, and have the desire to rapidly assimilate new skills. Much of the position will involve working face-to-face with researchers across a range of departments…
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A position for a research operations manager, working with Dr Ben Goldacre and Anna Powell-Smith, is now available at the Evidence-Based Medicine Lab at the University of Oxford.

  • Job title: Research Operations and Digital Delivery Manager
  • Location: University of Oxford, UK
  • Contract type: two years fixed term, in the first instance 
  • Salary: Grade 8 £38,896 - £46,414 p.a.

The position would suit a researcher with interests in epidemiology/evidence-based medicine, and software/digital. for more details, view the job advert.

The Plant and Fungal Trees of Life project (PAFTOL) at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew wants to recruit three new positions:

1. Senior Researcher (PAFTOL Sampling & Project Co-ordination) 
2. Senior Researcher (PAFTOL Phylogenomics) 
3. Lead Developer-Bioinformatician (PAFTOL)

Kew is a global resource for plant and fungal knowledge. We are seeking talented, creative individuals with outstanding track records to help us build the Plant and Fungal Trees of Life, a major piece of global science infrastructure that is central to RBG Kew’s Science Strategy 2015-2020. This is a unique opportunity to be part of a team addressing a critical challenge in the life sciences. Are you up to the task? If so, read on to find out more.

The project

There are few grander challenges in science than the tree of life - uncovering the complete evolutionary history linking all life on Earth. As part of RBG Kew’s Science Strategy 2015-2020, we are initiating a five-year multimillion-pound project, the Plant and Fungal Trees of Life (or PAFTOL, for short), to complete the tree of life for all genera of plants and fungi, drawing on our outstanding collections, our broad collaborative networks and the latest high-throughput sequencing technologies. 
This ambitious project will create a unifying framework for comparative plant and fungal research and takes us a step closer to building the tree of life for all known species. We will generate high impact findings publishable in top science journals, but we want the results to reach beyond the science community. To achieve this we will build innovative big-data and visualization tools accessible to a…

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The Centre of Excellence for Modelling the Atmosphere and Climate (CEMAC) is a major new venture to substantially enhance the research, teaching, impact and outreach capabilities of the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS), related to computer modelling, data analysis and visualisation. The use and development of advanced models of weather, climate and air pollution in ICAS is extraordinarily broad and ambitious. We conduct modelling of complex processes in atmospheric physics and chemistry using a range of platforms from local clusters to the largest High Performance Computing facilities. ICAS’s research feeds into international assessments such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and we work very closely with many UK and international research institutions and with the Met Office developing their models for climate projections and high-impact weather prediction.

CEMAC aims to be the UK’s leading centre of excellence in atmospheric and climate modelling, significantly enhancing and accelerating the high impact research of ICAS, and aiming to improve the quality of learning for students across the School of Earth & Environment. CEMAC will rival the best international examples of how model and data support and strategy is organised in computing-intensive research institutions.

They are seeking to appoint a Technical Head to lead development of expertise in software, numerical modelling and data science and to manage the team of software engineers and modelling experts within the new Centre. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of operating within fast moving complex research computing environments. You will have…

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This is a full-time, permanent position on Crick Terms and Conditions of Employment. Salary between £41,000 - £55,000 per annum, subject to skills and experience. 

The HPC Application Software Analyst will be responsible for migration, development, deployment, and debug of bio-applications on the research HPC infrastructure at the Crick. This role will support to scientists at Institute in adapting and optimising their systems to make best use of the compute and data platforms.

The post holder would be expected to provide support for the High Throughput Imaging Platform team in gaining benefits from the Crick scientific computing resources, for instance supporting migration of imaging process pipelines to a hybrid HPC systems. The Crick also has significant effort in the area of bio-molecular simulations and bio-imaging technologies the role would be expected to provide support for these groups in optimising their codes and pipelines for highly parallel systems (including MPI and embarrassingly parallel approaches). 

For more information and to apply, please visit the Francis Crick Institute's website.

There's only two days left to apply if you'd like to join our team as our new Communications Officer! For more details, please see our previous news itemClosing date is Thursday 18th February 2016 at 5pm GMT.