University of Sheffield - Research Software Engineer, R skills

paid / Sheffield, UK / full-time, flexible

Are you interested in developing and facilitating 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 on an open ended contract. The role is ideal for someone with a passion for research software looking to use their skills in R programming, 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. A key responsibility of the role will be embedding software engineering skills in the R programming language through collaboration and training/teaching. Applicants should have an ability to collaborate with academics and researchers to specify, develop, improve and deliver research software. You will work within the existing RSE team to deliver collaboration across a range of research projects, departments and institutes across the university, as well as free at the point of use activities to assist in the development of new strategic partnerships.

You will enhance the university’s capability and expertise in developing research software as part of academic research. The RSE Team in Sheffield which you will join is one of the first and largest in the UK. It is led by a former 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.

The post provides an excellent opportunity for research software skills development. You will actively support the wider community of research software developers and will be encouraged to represent the group in national/international activities. E.g. Current team members have held positions and qualifications including; RSE conference organisation committee, RSE Society Trustees, SSI Fellows, rOpenSci Editors, NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute accredited trainers, ARCHER champions and Software Carpentry Trainers.

Educated to PhD level (equivalent experience, or be close to completion), you will have a track record of software development in R which you will be able to apply to research problems. Applications are welcome from both research software development generalists and from domain specific developers with an appetite to apply their skills to a broader research audience.

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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