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Research Software Engineer
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: PSS-13177

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

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

Salary: £32,236 - £39,609 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Professional Services

School/ Directorate: ITS Research IT

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: 12 months from commencement of contract

About IT Services

IT Services at the University of Manchester is a vibrant and fast moving department, we focus on delivering excellent customer service and quality services for our staff, students and researchers. 

Find out more about our organisation and values:

Research IT

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, application support and training to researchers across a wide range of domains, all of which have diverse technical requirements. Our scope covers 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.

This role

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

This is a 12 month fixed term post.

As part of the Research IT team, you will be responsible for providing software engineering 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.

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 any of the areas of Data Science, High Performance Computing, Numerical Computation, Web and Mobile Application Development and Sustainable and Reproducible Research.

For this post, your initial assignment will be based with the Biologic Studies Group within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. You will be working with the British Society for Rheumatology Biologics Register for Rheumatoid Arthritis Team (BSRBR-RA; who are working with Research IT to develop a new clinical data collection portal. This new web system will allow NHS nurses and doctors to enter and submit electronic clinical data to this national study. The study has over 25,000 study participants and has been running since 2001 (as a paper based system) to monitor the long-term safety of new drugs prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis. We are ideally looking for someone with C# .Net and SQL server skills to help us to develop, test and migrate the existing data into the new system over the coming year. A background in health sciences would also be beneficial.

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.

We are open to discussing the possibility of reduced hours, working from home, flexible start and finish times, or compressed hours.

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: Robert Haines


General enquiries:


Tel:      0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel:      0161 850 2004

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

Further Particulars


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