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Research Software Community Officer (G6) or Research Software Community Manager (G7)
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: S&E-13643

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 14/04/2019

Salary: Grade 6 £32,236 to £39,609 or Grade 7 £40,792 to £50,132

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Computer Science - Information Management

Hours per week: full time

Contract Duration: Available immediately until 31 May 2022.

School / Directorate: School of Computer Science

Applications are invited for the above post to help change the culture of research software practice and reward in academic research and beyond. You will do this by working closely with the Software Sustainability Institute’s ( Community Lead on running the Institute’s Fellowship Programme, promoting the work of the Institute, championing open and reproducible research and supporting the organisation of research software related events such as the Institute’s annual Collaborations Workshop. These activities will allow networking and data collection opportunities to further support building capacity for change and helping form and support Communities of Practice in the research software space.


The role is varied and interesting and you will be working in a supportive environment that will help you develop as an individual while allowing you to be productive and use your insights to help bring about the change in research software practice and attitudes. By organising workshops, growing and nurturing the community and contributing to training the Fellows, getting involved with infrastructure that helps bring about change and building your network you will facilitate and help others reach their potential while developing your own skills. The focus will be on the Institute’s priority area in the space of skills and training; recognition and rewards for software, career paths and reproducible research.


Furthermore, you will build relationships with UK Universities, European Programmes of work (e.g. the European Open Science Cloud) and international efforts such as BSSw and URSSI in the US.
You will require a good BSc (Hons) in a computing or scientific subject (or equivalent experience) and a PhD in computing or computing-related subject (or equivalent experience), as well as the required background in community engagement, support or formation. Being an effective communicator, excellent listener, having good judgement and a can-do attitude are a must.


We are recruiting for one person but the scope of the role allows us to recruit either at Grade 6 where you will deputise on tasks or at Grade 7 where you will take a lead on tasks. We are interested in what you can bring to the table in terms of your ideas, passion, intelligence and energy. Please see the job description for the essential and desirable criteria needed for this role to meet either the Grade 6 or Grade 7 level.


As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Shoaib Sufi


Tel: 0161 275 7034

Technical support:


Tel:      0161 850 2004

General enquiries:


Tel:      0161 275 4499

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

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