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. 

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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.

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 ( 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 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.

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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.