Research Software Engineer

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Publish Date: 
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Archive Date: 
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Portsmouth
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 


Faculty of Technology

Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation


Research Software Engineer


Employment type: Fixed-term (until 30September 2024)

Employment basis: Full-time

Salary: £36,382 - £39,739 per annum

Post number: ZZ007162

Closing date: 17 October 2021

Interview date: 21 October 2021

The University of Portsmouth is a dynamic and ambitious institution with a track record of success. One of only four universities in the south east of England to achieve a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework and ranked in the top 150 in the Times Higher Young University World Rankings.

We invite applications for a Research Software Engineer Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) at the University of Portsmouth. The successful candidate will develop and maintain software in support of a variety of research projects that are part of the ICG portfolio. This includes STFC funded projects in astrophysics, cosmology, and gravitation, software development as part of the large scientific collaborations listed below, and interdisciplinary research. The successful candidate will have experience developing software in languages like Python or C, as well as demonstrated ability in good software engineering practices. Experience with big data, machine learning, or modern statistical inference are desirable.

The ICG consists of 17 academic staff, 17 postdoctoral researchers and around 30 PhD students, and has an active international visitors programme. Portsmouth is a member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), the Dark Energy Survey (DES), the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), ESA’s Euclid satellite mission, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO), the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA), the Gravitational Wave Optical Transient Observer (GOTO), and other international collaborations. The University of Portsmouth is a member of the South-East Physics Network (SEPnet) and hosts the 3704-core SCIAMA supercomputer. More information is available at

We welcome applications from all qualified applicants, but applications are particularly encouraged from traditionally under-represented groups in science. We are happy to consider applications from candidates wishing to work part-time, job-share or who wish to work flexibly. The University of Portsmouth and the ICG hold Athena SWAN Bronze awards; we are committed to developing organisational and cultural practices that promote diversity and equality and create a better working environment for women and men.

Applications (application form and CV, including publication list and summary of previous computing projects) should be submitted by the closing date via the online application system at Applicants should also arrange for three reference letters to be sent by email to [email protected], to arrive by the same date. We expect the position to start 1st November 2021 or as close to that date as feasible.

All applications for this position will be processed and conducted in compliance with UK legislation relevant at that time.

Applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications.

The University of Portsmouth believes this role is eligible for sponsorship with UKVI under the Skilled Worker Route visa, and meets the minimum salary requirements to obtain the minimum points requirement.

We kindly ask that candidates do not send CVs or cover letters as these will not be considered.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons and all appointments will be made on merit. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we would particularly welcome applications from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community who are currently under-represented at this level in this

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It is the policy of the University to only accept applications submitted using the University’s application form.

All applications for this position will be processed and conducted in compliance with UK legislation relevant at that time.

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, October 17, 2021
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