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Research Software Engineer

Durham University
Durham, United Kingdom
£37,099 - £44,263 per annum

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 analysis 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.

For this particular post the candidate will be working full-time on the JUNE model for the simulation of epidemic spread in large-scale populations. This is high-profile work in collaboration with national and international partners, including, among others, the UK Health and Safety Agency (UKHSA, successor of Public Health England), the National Health Service, the Data-Science / Public-Health team at New Zealand's crown research institute ESR, Statistics Canada (StatsCan) and Public Health Agency Canada (PHAC), and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The post-holder is expected to develop and draw upon deep technical and appropriate domain knowledge to ensure that the project objectives are achieved, and to form strong collegiate research relationships with relevant stakeholders within the institution and the wider JUNE collaboration. The post holder will provide specialist knowledge to colleagues within the research community, consultation and ensure effective knowledge transfer both across the institution and externally and share their current state of practice with the national and international RSE community. The post holder will be encouraged to develop their own areas of specialism, in line with the overall objectives and activities of ARC and have the opportunity to provide leadership to others as the team grows.

As a support unit that spans all Faculties across the University, we encourage applications from experienced individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds and domains. ARC encourages flexible working and welcomes applications from candidates wanting to be part time or part of a job share arrangement.

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