Research Software Engineer - CLIMB-BIG-DATA

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University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
£30,942.00 - £33,911.00
Apr 04, 2021
Apr 15, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Position Details

Biosciences, Institute of Microbiology and Infection

As this vacancy has limited funding the maximum salary that can be offered is Grade 7, salary £33,199.

Grade 7

Full Time for 3 years


To create and contribute to the creation of research software in support of the running of the CLIMB-BIG-DATA project, and to engage in the development and optimisation of bioinformatics tools to support the field of microbial genomics.

CLIMB-BIG-DATA is a unique UK wide academic research cloud service for microbiology. It underpins hundreds of individual research projects that rely on computational and storage infrastructure in data-driven aspects of microbiology, and in particular genomics.

The CLIMB infrastructure has been pivotal in the UK's genomics response as part of the COG-UK consortium.

We are looking for an individual with significant software development expertise and an understanding of bioinformatics who can help maintain and develop the software infrastructure underpinning CLIMB-BIG-DATA to enable cutting-edge microbial research.

You will be responsible for maintaining the existing "Bryn" ( management software that users interact with.

Examples of new developments will be web interfaces to permit the configuration, running and scheduling of job containers e.g. with Singularity and SLURM.

Summary of Role
  • Work within the CLIMB-BIG-DATA project to provide support to the overall aims and goals of the project
  • Analyse and interpret research findings and results
  • Contribute to generating funding

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Develop the CLIMB-BIG-DATA software infrastructure that permits its functioning, e.g. the Bryn user management software
  • Support CLIMB-BIG-DATA users in the creation and optimisation of informatics and bioinformatics tools to aid research in microbial genomics and other data-driven research in microbiology
  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc.
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance on PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
  • Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research
  • Deal with the problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines

Person Specification
  • High level analytical capability
  • First degree in area of specialism and normally, a higher degree relevant to research area of equivalent qualifications.
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources affectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
  • Co-ordinate own work with other to avoid conflict of duplication of effort
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly
  • Experience with the development of software for research
  • Significant experience developing web interfaces (i.e. advanced knowledge of HTML, JavaScript, CSS, web development frameworks and interfacing with backend server software)
  • Significant experience developing dynamic database-backed websites (e.g. web development frameworks such as Django, and SQL servers)
  • Experience of bioinformatics tool development or use
  • Proven open source software development experience and best practices, including use of version control software, continuous integration and test suites/regression testing

Informal enquires to Professor Nicholas Loman, email:

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