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.


  • 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:;

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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The Francis Crick Institute (the Crick) is a partnership between the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK (CRUK), the Wellcome Trust, University College London (UCL), Imperial College London and King’s College London. It is a registered charity whose purpose is to conduct biomedical research into all aspects of human health and disease.

The Institute will be a world-leading centre of biomedical research and innovation. It will promote connections between researchers and disciplines and between academic institutions, healthcare organisations and businesses. Dedicated to research excellence, the institute will have the scale, vision and expertise to tackle the most challenging scientific questions underpinning health and disease. It will be world-class with a strong national role — training scientists and developing ideas for public good. On 1 April 2015, staff from the London Research Institute (CRUK) and National Institute for Medical Research (MRC) transferred to the Crick to form a fully functional research institute on four sites. In 2016, the Crick will move to a single new, purpose built research centre in St. Pancras, which will house some 1,500 staff.

The position of Bioinformatics Officer – Scientific Computing for Mass Spectrometry Data has been created to implement the planning, operation and maintenance of a software infrastructure for the analysis and sharing of Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics data. Emerging mass spectrometry applications in the ‘omics’ area such as proteomics and metabolomics generate an increasing amount of raw data. To efficiently test biological hypotheses using mass spectrometry and to deal with large amounts of data it is…

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Defra are looking for high calibre scientists and economists for public appointment positions this autumn.

Defra is responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry and sustaining a thriving rural economy. This means the work of the Department and its agencies has a major impact on people’s day-to-day lives, from the food we eat and the air we breathe, to the water we drink.

Scientific advice plays a vital role in this work and Defra are now looking for high calibre scientists and economists for public appointment positions on the boards of a range of their public bodies this autumn.

For more information, visit the site.

There are four positions being advertised for research software engineers and data scientists by EPCC. Founded at the University of Edinburgh in 1990, EPCC is a leading European centre of expertise in advanced research, technology transfer and the provision of supercomputer services. The variety of work gives staff exciting opportunities to develop skills in a wide range of areas.

EPCC is largely self-funded from a wide range of sources including UK research grants, European Union projects and commercial contracts. EPCC's staff work with our partners and clients to provide collaborative research, training and computing solutions. Staff have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects in a number of different areas. All these activities mesh closely together, enjoying significant mutual leverage. The variety of work gives all staff exciting opportunities to develop skills in a wide range of areas.

The positions, with links to more details, are:

Successful candidates will be able to develop their careers while working in a diverse and…

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The Oxford e-Research Centre is looking for a Research Software Engineer to join their team. The ideal candidate will be a motivated individual with software engineering experience (web application frameworks or backend development) and leadership ability to contribute to:

  • a growing portfolio of data and knowledge management projects funded by several UK, EU, NIH and pharma-funded projects,
  • infrastructure activities for the ELIXIR-UK node of the ELIXIR-EXCELERATE programme,
  • two NIH Big Data to Knowledge Initiative’s centres around data indexing and metadata registry.

The successful candidate will be joining a group running a number of projects. For more details and instructions on how to apply, visit the Oxford recruitment website.