A four-year, funded PhD studentship is now available at TGAC (Norwich). The successful applicant will work on next generation sequencing data visualisation and novel BioJS components. Applicants with a background in computer science and with an interest in genomics are particularly encouraged to apply.

For more information, visit the application site.

The deadline for applications is 1 June 2014.

Play your part in upskilling the next generation of scientists across the UK and Europe! ELIXIR-UK is seeking a couple of dynamic individuals to lead the coordination of training in the UK, and across Europe.

ELIXIR-UK (www.elixir-europe.org) is taking a pan-European lead in training research and computer scientists in statistics, biology and computing. Its mission is to plug the skills gap in biological data management, analysis and interpretation. The newly formed UK Node is coordinating the training of postdoctoral and mid-career scientists in academia and industry by leveraging internationally-recognised UK expertise in the biomedical, bioscience and environmental sectors. ELIXIR-UK has forged close links to Universities and Institutes across the UK and across Europe.

Two positions are now being advertised, both based in Oxford.

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Open Data Scotland aims to add social and economic value to communities, developers and local government through opening up data sets. The programme will support the development of four new digital services which tackle specific issues in their communities.

The programme will work with four Scottish local authorities (Edinburgh, East Lothian, Clackmannanshire and Aberdeen) to identify the problems they wish to try and solve using digital technology (apps, websites, etc.). These could be straight forward issues, for example like local travel and transport, tourism and leisure information, to grittier issues like crime, health and youth unemployment. 



Nesta are looking for independent developers who are interested in working for a good cause, creative, well-organised with experience of open-data platforms. Developers will join the local authority teams as a Nesta Technologist in Residence (either part time or full time for six-nine months depending on the local situation and your commitments).

If you are an enthusiastic digital developer who has an interest in the open-data agenda and are keen to support an innovative, collaborative project, please contact Scotland@nesta.org.uk with your CV and covering letter indicating which local authority area you are interested in supporting. Nesta would like to hear about your experience, preferred coding languages and platforms for web, database or apps. Please also include examples or links to any previous work.

Oxford e-Research Centre are looking to recruit a Senior Research Computing Specialist, to administer and further develop a range of advanced research computing infrastructure that supports university researchers on both local and regional resources. They are looking for someone with a sound knowledge of system administration with a solid understanding of Unix Systems, networks and storage, especially in the context of High Performance Computing.  The position is part of a vibrant and growing activity that is at the heart of research computing in the University of Oxford and provides an exciting opportunity for someone seeking to develop their career in these areas.

For more details: http://www.oerc.ox.ac.uk/news/vacancy-senior-research-computing-specialist-arc

Norwich-based life sciences research body The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) today announced a vacancy for the post of Linux & Virtualisation Technical Training Officer.

The post will require the successful applicants to run TGAC's training programme, manage its IT systems and maintain its series of live and recorded webinars.

Applicants will need to be experts in Linux, virtualisation hypervisors, server hardware and backups. They will also have excellent general communications skills, be well versed in customer service and, naturally, be skilled trainers who are able to explain advanced concepts to new users.

Other skills that would be useful to the post include experience in audio and visual technology, comprehensive trouble shooting skills and report writing.

TGAC is a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council-funded institute based at the world famous Norwich Research Park (NRP). TGAC’s aim is to develop and enhance methods of DNA sequencing in collaboration with other organisations from across the world. TGAC is also earmarked a share of the recent £26 million injection of cash awarded to the NRP to further develop its work and infrastructure.

For more details and to apply for the post, a full description is available on the TGAC website. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2014.

The UCL Research Software Development Team works with researchers across college to ensure UCL retains the highest standards of excellence in computational research. They are recruiting one additional research software developer for the team, appointed for two years in the first instance.

In this role, the recruit will design, extend, refactor, and maintain scientific software across all subject areas. They will modify legacy software to run on state-of-the-art high performance computing infrastructure, provide expert software engineering consulting services to world-leading research teams, and will work with researchers to build software to meet new research challenges.

The recruit will have created and maintained software to address advanced research problems in one or more fields. They will be able to rapidly assimilate understanding of new scientific questions, and quickly connect research needs to software requirements. They will be committed to software development best practices, and know how to adapt these to research contexts. The recruit will be an expert in one or more languages and platforms used for scientific computing, and keen to expand their knowledge.

Please visit the UCL job advert for more information.

JobCentre.jpgThe Register picked up on our overview of the workshop on computer science graduate skills, which we published last week.

If you're interested in what was discussed at the workshop, read the article in the Register.

JobCentre.jpgBy Simon Hettrick, Deputy Director.

Over the last few years, HESA's study of graduate careers has awarded computer science with the unwelcome honour of the lowest employment rate of all graduates. Last year, about 14% of computer scientists were unemployed six months after graduation. So what's wrong with computer scientists?

We will soon be attending a strategy meeting on the future of UK computer science degrees, and we want to represent your thoughts on this problem. If you have any ideas or arguments, please comment below, email us or tweet with the hashtag #wwwcs.

Industry has reported unfulfilled demand for computer science positions, which seems odd with a surfeit of computer scientists available. It's not yet clear whether the positions are being offered to graduates from other disciplines or being left vacant. There have also been complaints from industry that 

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retinal_imaging.jpgOne of last week's most popular blog posts described the innovative Peek phone app, which is being used in Kenya to diagnose vision problems.

The team who developed the app are looking for help from software developers. If you're interested in assisting with Peek, please contact the team using their webform. By signing up, you could help make a huge difference to the thousands of people who are blighted by blindness in developing countries.

The app was developed in rural Kenya and allows health workers to undertake eye tests using their smart phones, with only limited amounts of training. It can also perform a retina scan with a special clip-on feature that allows for proper magnification.