Location: Sheffield
Salary: £40,792 to £48,677 Grade 8 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent

Job Ref: UOS021388

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Are you interested in leading a team to develop and facilitate reproducible software through collaborations across the whole spectrum of university research areas?

An opening is available to join the growing Research Software Engineering (RSE) group as a Senior Research Software Engineer (RSE) – Assistant Director of RSE Sheffield on an open ended contract. The role is ideal for someone with a passion for research software looking to lead a team to drive collaborative software development and reproducible research to make an impact on research projects across the whole of the University of Sheffield.

We are looking for applicants who are highly passionate about reproducible software and committed to advocating best practice through engagement with the academic community. A key responsibility of the role will be to advocate the RSE group within the academic community to strengthen the provision of RSE support including collaborative working and facilitation of teaching. Applicants should have extensive experience of collaborating with academics and researchers to specify, develop, improve and deliver research software. You will work within and manage the existing RSE team to deliver services across a range of research projects, departments and institutes across the university, as well as free at the point of use support to assist in the development of new strategic collaborations.

You will enhance the university’s capability and expertise in developing research software as part of academic research and will collaborate with Corporate Information and Computing Services (CICS) to ensure the RSE group delivers services which implement aspects of the university’s Research IT strategy.  The RSE team in Sheffield which you will join is one of the first and largest in the UK. It is led by an EPSRC Research Software Engineering Fellow and is guided by a steering panel of senior university staff who are committed to supporting the role of RSEs within the research community. This leadership role offers the opportunity to contribute towards the direction and growth of the group.

Educated to PhD level (or with the equivalent experience), you will have a proven track record of reproducible software development and effective line management. Applications are welcome from both software development generalists and from RSEs with inter-disciplinary technology focused skills which either complement or extend our existing portfolio, for example data analytics (including statistical computing, machine learning and deep learning), numerical computing, HPC (including multi-core and GPUs), etc.

We are committed to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit the individual and University.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

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Senior Research Software Engineer – Assistant Director of RSE Sheffield – The University of Sheffield


RSE Network Coordinator, RSE Confererence Logistics co-Chair, Sponsorship Chair, based at the University of Southampton.

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