The attraction of being a Research Software Engineer is similar to that of being a researcher: the role attracts people who want to know how the world works. The Research Software Engineer works with researchers to gain an understanding of the problems they face, and then develops, maintains and extends software to provide the answers.
There are many benefits to being and RSE and satisfaction to be had from the work. However, there can sometimes be a lack of formal recognition for people whose contribution to research is through software rather than papers. We would like to help define a career structure with progression for RSEs and also showcase the variety of non-linear paths RSEs have taken in their careers.