Research Software Engineers, BBSRCBy Mike Croucher, Research Software Engineer at University of Sheffield and Software Sustainability Institute Fellow

Reposted with the author's permission. This article was originally published in Walking Randomly

The job title ‘Research Software Engineer’ (RSE) wasn’t really a thing until 2012 when the term was invented in a Software Sustainability Institute collaborations workshop. Of course, there were lots of people doing Research Software Engineering before then but we had around 200 different job titles, varying degrees of support and career options tended to look pretty bleak.  A lot has happened since then including the 2016 EPSRC RSE Fellowsthe first international RSE conference and a host of University-RSE groups popping up all over the country.

In my talk, Is your Research Software Correct?, I tell the audience ‘If you need help, refer to your local RSE team. All good Universities have a central RSE team and if yours does not…..I refer you back to the word ‘good'' It always…

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BBSRC Workshop - Developing Software Licensing GuidanceThe Software Sustainability Institute in conjunction with ELIXIR-UK and the BBSRC are organising a workshop entitled “Developing Software Licensing Guidance for BBSRC” in Manchester on 24 April 2017. The aim of this workshop is to develop community advice to BBSRC on:

  • The areas within the life sciences where software is being used, and
  • Appropriate written guidance for applicants and reviewers on how to make software reusable

Workshop attendees are drawn from a wide range of stakeholders representing life sciences researchers, research software engineers, funders, infrastructure providers, industry, legal experts, and related fields.

The workshop format will consist of scene-setting introductions, followed by two sets of discussions to agree and formulate specific guidance for BBSRC reviewers, applicants and users describing how to make software (re)usable that can be made available on the BBSRC website. Additionally, it is hoped that the workshop will provide a greater insight into the areas within the life sciences where software is being used and the current barriers to reuse.

For further information and registration, please visit the…

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The BBSRC is gathering both information and views from non-faculty researchers performing essential research and research support roles. These staff are involved in activities such as (but not restricted to):

  • Operation and development of instrumentation
  • Support for and development of software
  • Support for data analysis, curation and management, including statistical and bioinformatics support
  • Support for experimental methods, data collection, sample preparation.

The individuals employed in these positions have a diversity of contracts, and are frequently employed as experimental officers, technical staff, core facility staff and as permanent and temporary staff.

A recent report makes a number of observations regarding careers for research and research support staff, and accordingly BBSRC have initiated this survey to build up a better picture of the individuals employed in these roles. Despite their importance to research, the BBSRC have little information on them as a group and the diversity of job titles, roles contracts and conditions make addressing them as a group extremely difficult. Accordingly the BBSRC are interested in information regarding your roles, responsibilities, employment status, career progression and general demographic data.

Please feel free to circulate this survey to any relevant individuals or societies.

The registration link is:

The survey will close on 9th November.

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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.

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