The theoretical particle physics group (PPT) at the University of Edinburgh has up to four one year positions to assist the DiRAC technical working group with the development of benchmarks for the STFC DiRAC supercomputing facility



Distributed Research utilising Advanced Computing

The facility presently provides three x86 infiniband clusters (Leicester, Cambridge HPCS, and Durham), one SGI UV2000 (Cambridge COSMOS) and a 1.26Pflop/s IBM BlueGene/Q system.

The benchmarking will support a suite of codes in high energy theoretical physics, astrophysics and cosmology, and will include the popular Gadget, and MILC packages among others.

Successful applicants will employ high-quality technical analysis and design skills to produce novel technical solutions to deliver high-quality code optimisation of several UK academic research codes in these research areas. Their work will help develop benchmark codes and criteria to assist the DiRAC consortium to assess next generation supercomputers, and may involve engaging with external industrial companies to assess future novel and emerging architectures.

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In this varied, interesting and challenging role the successful candidate will provide technical knowledge, software engineering and leadership ability for (i) a growing portfolio of data and knowledge management projects funded by UK, EU and NIH Big Data to Knowledge Initiative, and (i) activities for the ELIXIR UK node of the ELIXIR programme.

Based in the Life, Natural and Biomedical Sciences team, the successful candidate will work closely with other members of the team, leading and contributing towards the enhancement of relevant components of the ISA software suite and of the BioSharing registry, with a large and growing user base (Sansone et al, Nature Genetics)

 The position requires a software engineer with both technical and social ability, and also experience and skills to manage more than one project, plan and monitor projects deadlines, assist in writing reports and communicate with geographically distributed collaborators. The successful candidate will liaise with end users and collaborators (e.g. at the European Bioinformatics Institute, TGAC, Stanford University, Manchester University, Imperial College), members of community-driven initiatives (e.g. working groups in the Research Data Alliance) and developers of data publication platforms…

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The University College London Research Software Development Initiative is seeking a full-stack web developer to work on its Research Software Dashboard project from January 2015 to July 2015. This is a new project, starting from scratch, to develop software to curate, promote, and manage the University’s wide portfolio of cutting-edge scientific and scholarly software.

For more information, view the job advert.

The University of Oxford's Department of Computer Science has announced a new vacancy for a programmer to work on a major life sciences project.

The successful applicant will work on the Cancer, Heart and Soft Tissue Environment, or Chaste, a general purpose package aimed at solving complex problems in biology and physiology research.

Their duties will include finding the best way to help external users both install the software and provide feedback more easily.

Candidates should have experience in cross-platform C++ programming and build frameworks, as well as Git version control, continuous integration environments, and both Windows development environments and tools. They will also be expected to work effectively both on their own and with other colleagues as their duties require.

The post is fixed term and for nine months, though applicants who wish to work on a part-time and flexible basis are also welcome to apply. The salary for the position will be at Grade 7, or between £30,434 and £37,394 p.a., and with a discretionary range of up to £40,847 p.a.

For further details and to apply for the position, please visit the main University of Oxford recruitment page. Applicants are also advised that they will undergo pre-employment screening as standard and that the deadline for applications is at 12.…

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University College London now has a vacancy for a new member to join its Research Software Development Team.

Working as a research software developer (Ref: 1429197), the successful applicant will help code the scientific applications UCL needs to continue with its world class research, from simple data analysis scripts to supercomputer-based complex simulations.

Other duties will include making sure UCL's research software meets high standards of sustainability and helping researchers from across the disciplines with their software needs.

To apply for this job, you need to be able to provide expert software engineering skills in one or more fields, can quickly grasp and write code for new scientific projects and be able to use at least one or more languages and platforms used in scientific computing.

To find out more details and to apply for the post, please visit the…

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The Open University has two new vacancies for software engineers, where they will work on research examining privacy and security.

The roles will involve two different projects, with the first, called Privacy Dynamics, looking at group behaviour from a social psychology perspective.

The second, Monetize Me, will look at business models for 'lifelogging' and other forms of self quantification and the implications these have for our personal data.

The posts will be based at the OU's Milton Keynes headquarters, where successful applicants will work at its software engineering laboratory, noted both for its world class research record and extensive facilities.

The contracts will be for a period of 2 to 3 years, and the salary range will between £31,342 and £37,394 with 33 days paid holiday.

Applicants will need to show they can develop the research application prototypes and software engineering tools needed for the projects' empirical studies. They must also be able to work effectively with colleagues from both within their field and across the disciplines.

To apply for the Privacy Dynamics and…

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Image processing software development for the biosciences: Indicators of neurodegenerative disease revealed through animal behaviour

A multi-disciplinary project developing image analysis software for objective, non-invasive assessment of animal behaviour. In particular, the project will focus on developing a piece of usable software to process videos to quantify changes in patterns of mouse locomotion and whisker movements resulting from neurodegenerative disorders such as Motor Neuron Disease, Huntingdon's Disease and ageing. 

For more information, visit Find a PhD.

University College London is looking for a new full time Applications and Systems Consultant (Ref: 1419681), to work in its prestigious Centre for Computational Science (CCS).

The successful applicant will have the chance to work on a wide range of ongoing projects at CCS. These include ongoing e-infrastructure development, and data intensive work covering a wide range of scientific disciplines, from biology and medicine to chemistry, engineering and physics.

Other duties will include exploitation of bleeding edge and start of the art computation as well as providing user support for other CCS members and training.

The position is initially for an 18 month period, and is funded in the first instance by the European commission. The successful candidate will have or are close to completing a PhD in a physical science, engineering or computer science subject and be able to program in at least two high-level languages. They must also be able to work effectively with others and have prior experience in a Unix environment.

For PhD graduates, the appointment will be at Grade 7, with a salary of between £32,699 and £39,523 per annum and the appointment will be subject to UCL terms and conditions of…

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The Mozilla Science Lab is looking for a community manager to build and scale existing community outreach efforts, and for a developer to lead technical prototyping efforts and engage with our community about technical projects.

Possible office locations for these positions include Brooklyn, Toronto, London, Vancouver, and San Francisco, but Mozilla Science Lab will consider remote working opportunities for the right candidate. For more information, or to apply, please see these postings.

The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) based at Norwich is looking for a Linux and Virtualisation Technical Training Officer (LVT Training Officer)who will join the Training and Outreach Team (T&O Team).  

The responsibilities are:

•     To support the training programme with the set up of the IT requirements to deliver its portfolio of Hands-on courses. 

•     To provide on-site troubleshooting and support during the training events.

•     To deliver ad hoc training in basic Linux and best practice in Virtualisation (for a non-expert audience) as part of TGAC’s portfolio of training activities.

This is a unique job opportunity for someone with the right technical skills who is looking for a job thinking outside the box, in a non-typical systems support role. We are looking to recruit a Linux and Virtualisation Technical Training Officer to play a key role in the implementation and daily operation of TGAC’s Training Programme. This would be an excellent role for a self-motivated team player and administrator or Linux expert, who is looking for variety, responsibility and the opportunity to develop their skills. You will play a key role on a daily basis in helping to raise the profile of TGAC and its brand. 

More information can be found on the TGAC website.