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Research Software Engineer

Requisition ID:  10181

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  12-Jan-2022


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: £31,406 - £40,927 per annum

Closing Date: 31 January 2022


The Role


The Research Software Engineering Team at Newcastle University has an opening in the Haniffa Lab. The team works on a variety of projects and with a range of external partners including the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the Alan Turing Institute. We develop high-quality software in collaboration with scientists, engineers and scholars from all research domains.


You will join a diverse and supportive team that works on the Human Cell Atlas initiative, and will be responsible for delivering software engineering expertise to construct a cellular atlas of human embryonic development. This globally unique web resource will provide a critical reference for the scientific community. You will have an MSc in a computationally based field (equivalent experience or close to completion), as well as proven experience of software development. We are especially interested in interviewing candidates with experience in any of the following areas:


  • Web user interface design
  • Data visualization in web browsers
  • Javascript frameworks (especially React)
  • Cloud computing


Applications are welcome from both software development generalists and from researchers with inter-disciplinary technology focused skills which either complement or extend our existing team.


If you are looking to apply your skills into research, we would love to hear from you


The RSE Team’s goal is to transform research at Newcastle through the application of software engineering best practice. 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 human cell analysis pipelines in the cloud, creating new digital editions to breathe new life into medieval manuscripts, monitoring hill slopes to predict potential landslide events, or working to help decentralise electricity generation – we do it all.


The Haniffa Lab is a world-leading research team that applies disruptive omics technologies to study human cells at single-cell resolution. The lab leverages advanced computational methods to understand how the immune system develops and maintains health, and study the consequences of infection, inflammation and disease. We bring specialist programming expertise, modern development practices and engineering rigour to the lab’s software. We collaborate with scientists and scholars to build software to meet the next generation of research challenges.


For more information about the Haniffa Lab, please click here: https://haniffalab.com/
For more information about the Digital Institute and our work, please click here: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/digitalinstitute/


To apply, please complete the online application and attach a CV and covering letter. In your covering letter please outline how you are either working towards, meet or exceed all of the essential requirements for the role holder as outlined below.


This position is available immediately on a fixed term contract basis for 24 months from start date.

For informal enquiries please contact Mark Turner at mark.turner@ncl.ac.uk

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
  • Experience of working in wide variety of application domains is
  • 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 
  • Experience of deployment of software solutions is


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



  • MSc awarded in computer science or a closely related discipline, or equivalent software experience



Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues 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.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 10181