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.

The Journal of Open Research Software is seeking candidates to serve as additional Associate Editors, due to the increase in the volume of submissions to the journal.
The Journal of Open Research Software is an international, open-access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes Software Metapapers describing research software with high reuse potential as well as research papers on Issues in Research Software that cover different aspects of creating, maintaining and evaluating open source research software.

General Qualifications

Candidates for Associate Editors should be actively working in an area where research software is used, however we do not require candidates to have a PhD or be based within a university.
Ideal candidates will have had experience in writing and reviewing research software papers. They should also be aware of the leading users and developers of research software in their field, as this will aid their ability to manage the review process. We are particularly interested in candidates who can demonstrate that they have read or written a number of high quality research software papers, and gained a broad experience of the qualities that make a software (or data) paper useful.
Associate Editors should be able to devote the time and energy necessary to ensure that published articles are of the highest quality and provide useful information to the journal’s readers, and work with the Editor-in-Chief and their fellow Associate Editors to act as advocates for the journal.

Responsibilities

  • promoting the journal…
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The job will involve supporting users with IT issues; specifying, purchasing and installing new equipment in a heterogeneous environment (Linux/Max/Windows); managing the institute website, Linux servers and network equipment; assisting users with their code development, revision control, testing and curation.

We are looking for someone who is user focussed and motivated to help others with their IT problems. The appointee will be friendly, personable, organised and self-motivated with the ability to work without close supervision. They will have the openness and aptitude to learn new languages, IT environments and processes.

Key responsibilities include:

IT Management

a. Provide user support for members of the institute: PCs, laptops, Mac, Windows, Linux, installing/maintaining/upgrading OS and software packages, printer drivers and general troubleshooting user problems.

b. Identify and specify new equipment for IT infrastructure, including network equipment, servers, firewall, storage requirements.

c. Monitor critical equipment for failures and ensure failovers are in place.

d. Monitor and maintain backup storage servers.

Web support

e. Monitor and manage institute web server.

f. Maintain and develop website to ensure visual effectiveness, usability and consistency with house style.

g. Develop, consult and advise in the drafting of user documentation.

Research Software Support

h. Assisting users in code development, e.g. in MATLAB/Python.

i. Developing user awareness of revision control, and testing.…

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The Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences seeks a;bioinformatician or systems biologist;with skills or interest in;ontological annotation, semantic interoperability or knowledge management, for the;systems biology of salmon farming. This is a Researcher position of 3 years (with possibility of extension) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway.

The project “Towards the Digital Salmon: From a reactive to a pre-emptive research strategy in aquaculture (DigiSal)” is part of Digital Life, Norway's first call dedicated to systems biology. Effective management of data and model resources is key in this endeavour, and DigiSal will initiate The Digital Salmon: A knowledge base of salmon genetics and physiology, interfacing closely with complementary databases, repositories, and research infrastructures such as ELIXIR. This knowledge base is a key deliverable of the DigiSal project, and the long-term ambition is that it will enable aquaculture industry to quickly address emerging challenges, quickly reanalysing existing data and identifying knowledge gaps to rapidly acquire required new data.

Full advertisement:;https://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/121417/systems-biology-informatics-manager-for-the-digital-salmon-refno-16-00453

Application deadline:Thursday 2016-02-25. Email enquiries welcome:…

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The Software Sustainability Institute is recruiting a Communications Officer to communicate the activities of the Institute, and raise its profile in the research community and the general public. We're looking for an enthusiastic individual with a track record in dissemination and outreach. Ideally, they'll have had experience of working with researchers and/or writing technical articles, as well as an understanding of what it takes to nurture a great social media presence and successfully promote events. They should have excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as a high degree of organisational ability as they will be responsible for overlapping tasks and projects.

The successful applicant will be based at the University of Edinburgh, and work closely with Institute staff and collaborators to disseminate information, communicate with our community, develop the Institute's social media networks, and commission articles and news stories relating to the use and development of software within the research community.

If you'd like to join the Institute team, and for more details and to apply, please visit the University of Edinburgh jobs site and search for vacancy reference 035330. Questions about the position should be directed to the Institute Director, Neil Chue Hong. Closing date is Thursday 18th February 2016 at 5pm GMT.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) at the technical university of Denmark (DTU) is seeking to hire two highly motivated and skilled postdoctoral researchers to help build a web-based software platform for data-driven design of microbial cells and communities.

The Center conducts research on metabolic engineering and synthetic biology of microbial and mammalian cell factories for chemical and therapeutic protein production. The position will be within the DD-DeCaF project, which was recently funded by the European Commission to develop new bioinformatics approaches that leverage system-level data for biotechnological applications.

With advances in synthetic biology, genomes can now be edited at unprecedented speed and fidelity allowing making multiple changes in the same genome at the same time. This increases the need for computational tools to design cells and communities of cells analogous to the tools used in Computer Aided Design (CAD) of cars, buildings and other man-made objects. The European Commission has awarded 6.3 million Euros to a four-year collaborative project to build a CAD tool, DeCaF, for data-driven design of cells and microbial communities. Applications will range from human health to sustainable production of chemicals.

As a successful applicant, you will be part of a diverse team of scientists and engineers from leading academic institutions and innovative companies that will work towards this common goal. 

For more details of the two positions, and to apply, please visit:

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By Shoaib Sufi, Community Lead

September was an active month. It’s funny as autumn enters in the UK, the academic world is in spring with new students, new projects and a re-invigoration after the traditional holiday period.

In this month's update read more about how Fellows 2016 is progressing, the rise of the Institute's Software Credit Workshop and other news from the Community.

However, before we start - the Community team is recruiting a Research Software Specialist. If you are keen to run events, support Fellows, build bridges to support research software and gain data about the community to analyse and publish, then this role is for you! Applications close 18 October 2015 - this post is also open to international applicants.

Fellows 2016

By the time you read this, the applications for Institute Fellows 2016 will have closed. There was a webinar earlier in the month explaining what we were looking for in Fellows and we had Fellows Natalie Stanford, Alys Brett and Sarah Mount in attendance explaining their reasons for applying and how they have benefitted from the programme.

If you did not apply this year and are considering…

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