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. 

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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.