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Research Software Engineer

Requisition ID:  1146

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date:  06-Nov-2019

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £28,331.00 - £44,045.00 

Closing Date: 6 December 2019



The role


The Digital Institute has two openings in its Research Software Engineering Team. The team works across the whole university and with a range of external partners including the Alan Turing Institute. We develop high-quality software in collaboration with scientists, engineers and scholars from all research domains. You will be responsible for delivering technical software engineering expertise across multiple simultaneous projects.

The position of Research Software Engineer (RSE) for the Digital Institute (DI) plays an essential role in supporting the Institute’s technical effort. The post holder is responsible for delivering technical software engineering expertise and resources across multiple simultaneous projects. They are expected to proactively collaborate with researchers, supporting the use of relevant technologies and contribute software engineering skills into the research project.


The Digital Institute’s goal is to transform research at Newcastle through the application of digital skills and technology. Its work spans research, teaching and innovation through engagement with external organisations. As a team we work across the university and with every academic discipline. Whether this means scaling GPU rendering of city-scale models across thousands of nodes in the cloud, creating new digital editions to breathe new life into medieval texts, helping researchers gain insight into human movement by running gait analysis algorithms at scale, or working to help optimise the UK energy network – we do it all.


This post is fixed term for 24 months.


For informal enquiries please contact Mark Turner at


Key Accountabilities

  • Responsible for supporting the delivery of software projects, helping to develop and support collaborating researchers by assisting through the use of technical skills
  • Actively participate in research funding bids by contributing technical expertise and appropriately scoped technical plans
  • Contribute to the selection and use of software and data infrastructure, including technologies for version control, continuous integration, deployment and code review
  • Collaborate with researchers to develop appropriate technical solutions to research problems
  • Provide advice and assistance to clients and colleagues in problem-solving relating to team activities
  • Present work and provide updates, including the effective communication of complex or technical information, at project meetings and events
  • Provide training and support for team members and researchers to ensure effective use of relevant technologies
  • Represent the group and disseminate information about the team and its work at national and international events
  • Contribute to internal learning and development through the provision of documentation, training and advice in order to support the wider research community
  • Undertake relevant training and development activities in order to develop an awareness of own professional development needs
  • Maintain and develop knowledge to keep abreast of the latest and most relevant technologies
  • Any other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required


The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Experience or taught knowledge in one or more areas of Software Engineering. Including, but not limited to; Cloud Computing, Visualization, Web Applications, Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence
  • Software development experience in a research or commercial environment
  • Understanding of software development tools and methodologies, including programming languages, documentation, testing, version control, issue tracking, and continuous integration
  • Track record of developing software that is used by others
  • Ability to manage own work, including planning and execution
  • Understanding of a range of data manipulation methods and tools is desirable
  • Experience of working in wide variety of application domains is desirable
  • Good communication skills including the ability to present complex or technical information and the ability to work with others to understand technical and user requirements is desirable
  • Experience of deployment of software solutions is desirable


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Delivering Service; Works continually towards achieving success through understanding and meeting or exceeding the expectations of project collaborators, the University, students, colleagues and other stakeholders. Is enthusiastic in getting the job done on time and demonstrates high energy and commitment to the delivery of excellent service
  • Finding Solutions; Generates a range of viable options and decides on an appropriate course of action that best fits organisational and area goals. Encourages creative and innovative thinking in self and others and makes decisions based on understanding the wider organisational needs and having considered a range of possible options
  • Team Working; Operates in a number of different teams and groups across the organisation, confident in adopting a range of team roles. Looks at ways of developing cross functional co-operation and support and looks to build alliances and relationships outside of the group
  • Understanding Others; Understands individual or group motives, understands the culture of a particular area, school or faculty. Is able to quickly and effectively learn the methods and language used within other groups
  • Planning and Organising; Works in a planned and structured way, uses own and others’ time effectively. Sets own priorities in conjunction with team and area objectives. Quickly identifies what is important and prioritises accordingly whilst monitoring and controlling work flow of teams



  • An MSc in computer science, or equivalent software experience


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Requisition ID: 1146