Research software engineer

RSE18 conference, Birmingham

Author: Fiona Reid
Posted: 6 Sep 2018 | 14:47

I recently attended the Third Research Software Engineers (RSE) conference in Birmingham, UK. RSE conferences bring together people who work in an RSE-type roll from across the UK and world.

For anyone who doesn’t know, an RSE is typically someone who has expertise in both coding and research but is not necessarily a pure computer programmer or pure researcher. Often RSEs can be the only such person in their department and thus the conference gives them a chance meet other people doing similar roles to share their experiences and help them feel part of a much larger community.

​A not-so-brief history of research software engineers

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 22 Aug 2016 | 11:28

This guest post by Simon Hettrick, Deputy Director of the Software Sustainability Institute, explains how the role of research software engineer has gained greater definition and recognition.

On a beautifully sunny day in March 2012, a small group met at Queen’s College Oxford and challenged a long-standing problem: why is there no career for software developers in academia? They didn’t know it at the time, but this meeting led to a nationwide campaign that created a vibrant and rapidly growing community, and established a new role in research: the Research Software Engineer.

Learning more about the Research Software Engineer community

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 14 Mar 2016 | 12:55

This article is published on behalf of Simon Hettrick from the Software Sustainability Institute.

I love starting a new policy campaign. There’s this sweet spot of no responsibility between the time when you first raise an issue and the time when you’re first asked “Where’s the evidence?”. After that, life far more difficult. 

Debt owed to the source code makers featured in Times Higher Education

Author: Simon Hettrick
Posted: 15 Aug 2013 | 14:11

I'm happy to announce that the Software Sustainability Institute's campaign to gain recognition for research software engineers is featured in this week's Times Higher Education. The Software Sustainability Institute is led from its base at EPCC and works in collaboration with the universities of Manchester, Oxford and Southampton.

If we value software, we need "a fundamental sea-change" in academia

Author: Simon Hettrick
Posted: 17 May 2013 | 09:26

Combining the skills of a scientific researcher and a software developer, the research software engineer is ideally placed to bring scientific software up to scratch. An ongoing discussion that began at the Collaborations Workshop asks what obstacles need to be removed to clear the way.

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