STFC is seeking a Data Repository Developer to join its team at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory helping to design and build systems to manage and cross-link research outputs in support of the scientists and engineers of STFC.

The STFC Scientific Computing Department has a programme of development and support of large scale data management through the research lifecycle for STFC funded facilities (e.g. ISIS, CLF, DLS) and is looking to improve provision of services which support the long-term management of data which underpins the academic publication.

They are looking to recruit a highly motivated individual to join the team working in this area.

Please see: for more information and details on how to apply.

Closing Date: 7th September 2015

The High Performance Computing Service at the University of Cambridge are recruiting an HPC Consultant to work under the direction of the Head of Scientific Computing Support. The role-holder will undertake research and service duties across several projects in the context of the core mission of the Scientific Computing support team. By joining HPCS, the role holder will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of exciting projects in the High Performance Computing and Big Data fields. HPCS have several collaborations currently running with various University groups around Research Software development and deployment, national and international scientific projects (DiRAC and Square Kilometre Array), and long-term established industrial relationships (DELL/Intel Solution Centre, Jaguar Land Rover).

Link to the job advertisement:

The deadline is Friday September 4th. Interviews will be scheduled on Tuesday September 15th.

For more information, please contact Filippo Spiga.

By Simon Hettrick, Deputy Director and Policy Lead.

This is the third in a series of blog posts taking you behind the scenes at the Institute. Today, we here about the recent activities of the Policy team.

Thus far in 2015, the efforts of the policy team have mainly been focused on providing data and support for the Institute’s funding bid for a second phase. With this out of the way, July has seen the policy team re-focusing on research. We’ve also had time to catch up with our Research Software Engineer campaign and added a new member of staff.

Surveying further

In October 2014, we ran a nationwide survey to determine researchers’ views on software. We were keen to quickly analyse and publish these results and get the preliminary message out. Due to staff availability, we ended up conducting this first pass analysis in Excel. Although we published our analysis, Excel is not the best package for transparency, which is why we rightly received opprobrium from open-data advocates. But we reasoned that our approach would be acceptable as long as we repeated and extended the work in a more transparent manner in the future.

Our new starter this July, Olivier Philippe, arrived with some serious R skills and was immediately tasked with making the survey analysis…

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The Pirbright Institute is recruiting a Bioinformatics e-Learning Officer to improve the provision of training of bioinformatics and biomathematics within the Institute, and liaising with training efforts at other institutes strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). This post is to develop training materials for bioinformatics, with a particular focus on e-learning to ensure maximum use of the materials. This will include adapting existing training material in basic statistics and bioinformatics and developing new material for areas where there is a particular need at the Institute. For example, this could include sequence analysis (including next-generation sequencing data), phylogeny reconstruction or transcriptomics. The post provides a unique opportunity in gaining experience of scientific training in an emerging and rapidly developing field at a world-leading institution.

Further details:​

Closing date: 6th September 2015

Flowminder is a non-profit organisation that produces revolutionary analyses for humanitarian purposes based on mobile phone call records. It is used to assist local governments and the UN in responding to major events, such as the Nepal earthquake and the Ebola epidemic.

We are looking for an experienced Python programmer to work full-time with us until the end of December 2015, with the potential for further work after this date. You would be writing code to process large volumes of mobile phone data, producing outputs for aid agencies and performing analyses of these outputs. A professional approach is essential, as you will be producing potentially life-saving information for global agencies using sensitive data.

You must be able to write well-documented, maintainable code, and will have significant experience in Python, along with skills in one or more of:

  • Python data analysis libraries (such as pandas, numpy and matplotlib
  • Version control
  • Automated testing
  • Linux server administration
  • Statistics
  • Machine Learning

Salary: £700 per week. Ideally you will be located in Southampton, UK. Other solutions with repeated travel to Southampton can be discussed.

For further information please contact Robin Wilson

The Department of Primary Care and Public Health Sciences​ at King's College are looking for a highly motivated Research Associate / Senior Software Developer, who will have responsibility for software development within the BRC Programme on Clinical Research Informatics. In particular, developing software and databases to integrate clinical, omics , primary care and other data in order to support clinical research and demonstrate the utility of these systems in addressing specific translational research questions.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in Biomedical Informatics, Bioinformatics or Computer Science. Applicants should have excellent software and database development skills and experience of working with omics data.

  • Salary £32 ,277 - £37 ,394 (plus £2 ,323 London Weighting)
  • Post duration: Fixed term
  • Location: Guy’s Campus of King's College London
  • Closing date: 16 August 2015
  • Further information and details on how to apply
  • For an informal discussion of the post, please contact Dr Anastassia Spiridou on 07920 082342 or via email

The University of Lincoln has received funding under the HEFCE Catalyst Scheme to establish a new School of Mathematics and Physics, as part of the College of Science.

We are now seeking suitably qualified applicants for the post of High Performance Computing (HPC) Manager / Senior Computing Officer to support research and teaching in the rapidly expanding School.

The role holder will manage School’s HPC cluster and other computational resources and software (including undergraduate computer classes and research workstations), provide highly specialist HPC support to academic staff and support to teaching staff in computer classes.

For more information, visit the University of Lincoln website.

  • Harwell Campus, Didcot, Oxon
  • Fixed Term – 3 years
  • £28,384 to £34,002 per annum (depending on experience)
  • Closing Date: 26 May 2015
  • Interview Date: 10 June 2015

About Us

At the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), you belong to a community of experts who are driving science and technology forward. Our teams bring together curiosity-driven, blue-skies thinking with practical, application-led science - to maximise our impact for the benefit of the UK and its people. This is the home of an incredible diversity of research, technology and engineering projects that truly fire the imagination and lead to real-world solutions which shape societies and transform lives. We give you the flexibility, the freedom and the world-class facilities to focus on what you do best, and play your part in breakthroughs and achievements that will give you lifelong pride.

The Scientific Computing Department (SCD) is an internationally recognised centre carrying out scientific software development and providing leading edge compute and data services to support the work of world class science both within STFC and internationally.

About the role

We require a professional to take responsibility for leading and developing our impact activities. This will require working with our team of 190 staff, together with the external scientific community. You will also work with STFC’s central Communications and Impact teams on all aspects of SCD impact activities.

The impact agenda is a key issue in public sector research and continues to be high on the Government’s agenda. Delivery of impact evidence over the spending review period is of…

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The Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) within the School of Earth and Environment is one of the UK’s largest and most diverse institutes for atmospheric research, making fundamental advances in our understanding of climate change, weather, air pollution, and impacts on our planet and society. ICAS has over 30 academic staff and about 100 postdoctoral researchers and PhD students.

The Centre for Expertise on Modelling the Atmosphere and Climate (CEMAC) is a major new venture to substantially enhance the research, teaching, impact and outreach capabilities of the institute related to computer modelling, data and visualisation. CEMAC are seeking to appoint a high calibre Head of CEMAC to implement and lead the new Centre. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of operating within fast moving complex research computing environments. You will have a First degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in an appropriate technical, scientific, or engineering discipline, ideally with a strong software engineering component. You must be able to demonstrate previous success in developing and maintaining operational systems and software focused on responding to the needs of diverse users.

Further details concerning the School, its research activities and structure are available on the School's website.

Informal enquiries may be made to the Director of ICAS, Professor Ken Carslaw, tel +44 (0)113 343 1597

Further information…

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Speaking about the issues thrown up by Big Data, The Economist reported in the article Welcome to the Yotta World that, by 2018, there would be a talent gap of ~150,000 data-science professionals globally. The problem is particularly acute in high-throughput biology.

To make progress in this area, an exciting collaboration has recently been established between The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC, Norwich) – a leading genome and bioinformatics research facility in Europe – the eLife journal (Cambridge) and the University of Manchester. Combining expert knowledge in visualisation and analysis of high-throughput biological data, the project will exploit the principal technologies developed by partners: the BioJavaScript open-source library for visualisation of biological components; the Utopia Documents ‘smart PDF reader’; and the publishing platform of the innovative, open-access journal eLife.

More information is available on the Genomes, Web 2.0 and Bioethics website.