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Research Software Assistant Engineer

Durham University
United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Nov 28, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department and role purpose

The Directorate of Advanced Research Computing (ARC) provides a focal point for a broad computational capability that underpins and helps define the nature of research and innovation that can be undertaken with the institution.

ARC's mission is to deliver a coherent strategy for the computational support of for research: enabling research and innovation to be at the forefront of computational practice; enabling academic leadership through the adoption and evolution of leading technology; fostering associated expertise; and enhancing interdisciplinary collaborations. Leading-edge platforms including High Performance Computing, computational and cutting-edge data analytics methods, and growth and retention of vital capacity in research software engineering and technical R&D are at the core of this endeavour.

As a part of a team of Research Software Engineers you will be working as an integral part of the ARC operation providing a critical role for delivery of this significant, strategic University-wide initiative, requiring a collaborative 'member of research team' approach, commensurate with the University's global research aspirations. Since 2019 the team has grown significantly and has built upon the success of recent funding awards including EPSRC Tier-2, ExCALIBUR, STFC IRIS.

This is a development role within ARC which may be attractive to less-experienced candidates who wish to pursue a career in Research Software Engineering. The successful candidate will, in addition to excellent software skills, have the ability and potential to develop technical, management and leadership attributes and skills commensurate with a grade 7 RSE position. Supported by ARC RSE colleagues the post-holder will undertake an agreed development programme taking into account individual needs, providing the additional training and experience that would be required at the higher grade-role. The plan will be regularly reviewed and form the basis of the criteria to move to a Grade 7 position.

In the first 12 months the candidate will be working on a specific project within ARC in association with the Department of Computer Science, the candidate will be expected to demonstrate:

    potential to acquire and apply advanced C/C++ programming skills

    potential to acquire and apply GPU programming skills

    potential to co-develop large-scale simulation software

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