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Synthace logoSynthace is looking for a software engineer to continue developing and scaling their products and infrastructure. 

Apply via the Synthace careers website.

The Project

Named by the World Economic Forum as one of the world’s 30 Technology Pioneers 2016, Synthace is re-imagining how we work with biology, exponentially improving the speed and quality of the final results. This is made possible through our high-level language and operating system for labs, Antha, which is already impacting how scientists work with biology in major companies.

Responsibilities

You’ll be working within a tight-knit development team on exciting projects with plenty of technical challenge to get your teeth into, you will:

  • Design, build, test, and maintain high-performance and scalable microservices in a global, federated container cluster
  • Integrate and deploy custom and off-the-shelf software components
  • Manage deadlines and priorities in a dynamic environment that blends software and wet-lab development
  • Master our current technology stack which includes: Kubernetes Federation, Go, Google Cloud, Docker, and Ansible

Key requirements:

  • BA/BS degree in computer science or equivalent…
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CardiffBy Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute.

The Collaborations Workshop (CW) is the Institute’s premier event series. It brings together key members of the research software community including researchers, developers, managers, legal staff, administrators, publishers, funders and more who work together to explore best practices and the future of research software. The Collaborations Workshop 2018 (CW18—#CollabW18) will take place in the City of Cardiff at The School of Mathematics, Cardiff University on 26th–28th March 2018.

Register on the CW18 Eventbrite page

CW18 will focus on culture change, productivity and sustainability. Advocates of better research software or open science often cite productivity and sustainability as some of the reasons for changing research practices. But…

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Synthace logoSynthace is looking to hire a talented and experienced front-end engineer to work on the UI to the Antha platform for life science R&D. Synthace offers a package including 25 days’ annual leave + public holidays, company share options, 10% of salary pension contribution, and income protection, life, and private medical insurances.

To apply, please follow the instructions at the Synthace careers page.

The project

Named by the World Economic Forum as one of the world’s 30 Technology Pioneers 2016, Synthace is re-imagining how we work with biology, exponentially improving the speed and quality of the final results. This is made possible through our high level language and operating system for labs, Antha, which is already impacting how scientists work with biology in major companies like Dow, Merck and GSK.

Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the development of new AnthaOS apps aimed at users from a variety of job roles including biological scientists, data scientists and management.
  • Contribute to the refinement and extension of our existing apps for devising and executing experimental workflows.
  • Optimize speed and responsiveness of the apps and framework

Antha uses a web-based front-end in Google Polymer across both…

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Synthace logoSynthace is looking for engineers to expand their team of lab automation software developers, working at the interface of life science and engineering on the Antha project. Two positions are available, one at a senior level. The senior candidate is required to have experience with both software development and lab automation systems.

Apply via the Synthace careers page.

The project

Named by the World Economic Forum as one of the world’s 30 Technology Pioneers 2016, Synthace is re-imagining how we work with biology, exponentially improving the speed and quality of the final results. This is made possible through our high-level language and operating system for labs, Antha, which is already impacting how scientists work with biology in major companies like Dow, Merck and GSK.

Responsibilities

Working within a tight-knit, multidisciplinary development team on exciting projects with plenty of technical challenge to get your teeth into, you will:

  • Develop drivers and output processing for various robots, incubators and sophisticated laboratory equipment
  • Contribute to the implementation of the generic driver and data processing framework
  • Develop new interfaces and representations for equipment not presently supported (…
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fellows selection dayBy Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute.

On 8th November we held the selection day for the shortlisted candidates to the Fellowship programme 2018. We ran the selection day online for the first time, and it went well for the 23 candidates who attended the event. The day was filled with interesting discussions and we hope to share some of these soon in the form of speed blogs.

Introductions

In previous years each candidate has presented an introduction to their professional persona, what they do and what they would do as a Fellow. This year we shared each candidate's application video in advance with the other attendees of the selection day. In the first session of the day we invited candidates to bring a conversation subject to the group. In this one hour "ice breaking" discussion, candidates talked about training and inclusivity.

Discussion session

As in previous years, discussion sessions during the selection day gave us an insight into the group and interaction skills of candidates. Each candidate participated in two groups, ideally on different subjects with different reviewers observing. Each discussion group chose a chair to keep discussions on track, a scribe to write things down and a…

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Software CarpentryBy Eilis Hannon, University of Exeter.

On Tuesday, 26th September we held a two day Software Carpentry workshop at the University of Exeter. 37 staff and students attended including a number of PhD students in their first week. The course covered the Unix Shell, Python and Git, and gave Jeremy Metz and me the opportunity to teach our first Software Carpentry workshop, alongside Andrew Walker from University of Leeds who was there to steady the ship and provide experience. This was particularly helpful when it came to debugging and resolving common issues.

I was impressed by the sustained enthusiasm over the two days and how much of the content we got through. Many attendees commented that they appreciated the slightly shorter days (from 10am to 4pm) and regular breaks, as these enabled them to remain focused and digest the content delivered. They were also grateful for the additional support provided by the helpers David Richards, Paul O’Neill, Ben Evans…

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By Kenji Takeda, Microsoft Research.

Research Software Engineers drive advances in how research can be done more effectively using all manner of software, computing systems and infrastructure. As a community, RSEs drive positive change to progress the state-of-the-art to do better, faster, and more reproducible research. It’s clear that cloud computing is playing an increasingly important role in research, so Microsoft is privileged to be able to support the RSE community, and researchers across the world, to exploit cloud computing across all domains through our Azure for Research program.

We were delighted to see so many high-quality applications to the RSE Cloud Computing Awards call, and so have decided to give all applicants access to Microsoft Azure to pursue the wide-range of exciting activities proposed. We particularly congratulate the successful awardees from across the UK, who can now pursue their plans for training, workshops, community software development, and cutting-edge research using Microsoft Azure.

  • Martin Callaghan, The University of Leeds
  • Christian Cole, University of Dundee
  • Joseph Doyle, University of East London
  • Eilis Hannon, University of Exeter…
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The RSE Cloud Computing Awards program was created to build a community that bridges researchers, university stakeholders, regional teams, and national services, to better understand how Microsoft Azure can enable better, faster, and more reproducible research.

Martin Callaghan

MartinI’m a Research Computing Consultant at the University of Leeds where I provide High Performance Computing (HPC), Programming and Software Development consultancy across a diverse research community, including the Arts and Social Sciences. This role is part RSE, part trainer, part consultant and part outreach. Although my role mainly involves HPC, there are many research projects where it hasn’t been a particularly good fit and Cloud has the potential to help us develop more appropriate solutions.

Before joining the University of Leeds, I worked as an Engineer designing machine tool control systems, a teacher and run my own training and consultancy business.

I’ve been a co-applicant and lead instructor on four successful grant awards to run bespoke three-day Software Carpentry workshops to support PhD students and early career researchers to improve their programming skills.

I also manage a comprehensive HPC and Research Computing training programme designed to be a ‘zero to hero’ structured introduction to HPC, Cloud and research…

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Imperial College London is recruiting a Senior Research Software Engineer to join ICL's Research Computing Service. The successful candidate will collaborate with experts across the College, applying software engineering, distributed computing and machine learning to research in science, engineering and medicine. 

To find further information and apply to this job, please visit ICL's jobs page.

Closing date is 22nd November 2017.

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