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Research IT Software Engineer
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: PSX-017660

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 27/10/2021

Salary: £33,309 to £40,927 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Permanent

Faculty/Organisation: Professional Services

Division: IT Services Research IT

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: Starting as soon as possible

School / Directorate: Directorate of IT Services

The University of Manchester has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to join its Research IT team in the expansion of its Research Software Engineering and Data Science support to over 5000 researchers at the University. 

The University of Manchester has a long and distinguished tradition of academic excellence, and an ambitious agenda for the future. We have close links to industry, the public sector and the local community, and we are firmly committed to furthering knowledge, enabling achievement and encouraging social responsibility both amongst our cosmopolitan community of staff and students, and in the wider world. The University has a world-class research profile, outstanding facilities and support services, and has an institutional goal of being among the world's top 25 universities in terms of its research.

Research IT provides research-focussed, specialist computing infrastructure, software engineering, data science, application support and training to researchers across a wide range of domains, who have diverse technical requirements. Our scope includes the support of disciplines that may not traditionally be regarded as IT-intensive, for example the increasing importance of digital technologies within various lines of Humanities research. Our support ranges from advice on available applications packages, and handling simple enquiries for those getting started, through to more in-depth bug fixing, coding and software development which may require days, weeks or months of effort.

As a member of the Research IT team, you will be responsible for providing data science expertise to researchers, research projects and our own platforms while working on engagements from a few weeks to many months in duration. You will work on research projects from conception to completion, gathering requirements, helping with grant applications, implementing and documenting as required. The initial assignment for this post will be to work with the University’s Institute for Data Science and AI to work on the Greater Manchester AI Foundry project.

The GM AI Foundry is a knowledge exchange project funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The AI Foundry will support the development and translation of AI research from a consortium made up of Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Manchester, the University of Lancaster and the University of Salford to increase the innovation capacity in a range of small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) through the adoption of AI to enhance or develop new products and services.

We are interested in receiving applications from people who have extensive experience in the complete software engineering lifecycle and who have a passion for supporting researchers. We are particularly keen to hear from people who have experience in one or more of Data Science, AI, Machine Learning, Statistics and Sustainable and Reproducible Research. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate proficiency with one or more programming languages such as, but not limited to, Python, R, C, C++, C#, Java, Fortran and Shell.

In your application please ensure you make clear reference to the domains, languages and technologies you have experience of. Research IT will provide training in other areas as part of your career progression.

We are looking for an enthusiastic team member who is able to learn new skills, can communicate effectively with researchers and colleagues (whatever their IT ability), and is keen to work on a diverse range of problems ranging from giving immediate answers to working for or alongside researchers on projects that may last from days to months.

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

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered.

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

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Name: David Mawdsley

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

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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