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Senior Research Software Engineer

Web & Internet Science

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £40,931 to £51,805
Full time or Part time hours considered, Remote working possible. Fixed Term for 2 years.
Closing Date:  Sunday 04 December 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1939522FP-R

The University of Southampton has a long-standing commitment to High Performance Computing (HPC) as a strategic enabler of research. The university’s primary HPC system, Iridis, is currently in its fifth generation and is one of the largest computational facilities in the UK. We are currently embarking on a 5-year investment plan to refresh our on-premises clusters and investigate cloud HPC. To ensure effective use of our computational resources, the Southampton Research Software Group (SRSG) is seeking four Senior HPC Research Software Engineers (RSEs) to join our excellent team at the University of Southampton.

The SRSG was one of the first RSE Groups set up in the UK, and it is the base of operations for the campaign that helped recognise research software engineering across the world. As such, the SRSG can offer both a range of exciting projects within the University of Southampton, and unparalleled opportunities to get involved with the national and international RSE community. We are growing significantly over the next few years to meet demand for our expertise, which offers the potential for a new recruit to advance their career as the SRSG grows. You will also have the opportunity to work with the Software Sustainability Institute, which is co-located with the SRSG. The Institute is the world-leading authority on research software. It plays a key role in helping the research community recognise the role of software in research and in adopting practices that lead to reliable and reproducible research.

To be successful you can have either a PhD or equivalent experience, and a solid background in development practices and good communication skills. A talent for technical problem solving is a must. You will come into contact with a wide range of technologies and will be given many opportunities to build new skills. We don't expect you to be proficient in everything, but it is vital that you enjoy learning new technologies. 

We particularly welcome applications from groups under-represented in the academic, HPC and RSE communities.

You will make a valuable contribution to the SRSG’s work, from software development to training. There will be many opportunities to develop skills that will advance your career by learning from leading RSEs, and to build on skills outside of software development, such as in project management and consultancy.

The position will be a two year, fixed-term contract in the first instance, but will be expected to continue for much longer dependent on funding. The post is based at the University of Southampton in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

We promote a healthy work life balance with generous holiday allowance (30+ days), flexitime and flexible working options including part time, hybrid on-site / remote working, access to onsite childcare facilities and our comprehensive benefits package also includes a contributory pension scheme, subsidised health and fitness facilities, a cycle-to-work scheme, and a range of discounts. For more information on our benefits, please visit our recruitment pages.

The University of Southampton is committed to creating and sustaining a positive and supportive working environment for our staff, and an excellent teaching and learning experience for our students. We aspire that staff are equally valued and respected, and students are encouraged to thrive academically. As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of our staff and students. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment for our students and staff.

For further information, please contact Simon Hettrick: s.hettrick@software.ac.uk.

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at https://jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date sated above. If you need any assistance, please call Michelle Jose (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email recruitment@soton.ac.uk. Please quote reference 1939522FP-R on all correspondence.


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