University of Exeter
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Full Time
£36,382 up to £47,419
Closes: 11 November 2021
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Research Software Engineer

We are seeking a talented software developer to fill a new  full-time Research Software Engineering position available from 1st December 2021 at Grade F on an open-ended subject to funding post.


Research Software Engineers

The University of Exeter has recently established a new Research Software Engineering (RSE) Group to support cutting-edge research, and its impact across the university. RSEs make a vital contribution to the University’s research portfolio by developing and applying professionally usable software tools to address real-world data science, modelling, simulation, and other challenges across the spectrum of computational and social science.


All RSEs within the Group collaborate with academics across the University’s research community to create software and scripts that implement research and apply research methodologies to data and models in a readable, reliable and reproducible fashion.


Generally, RSEs will be simultaneously engaged in several research projects and will therefore be expected to multi-task and prioritise their own workload.  As a fundamental part of the process of applying for research funding, RSEs will advise on project development and co-author data management plans and sections of applications for funding.


RSEs at Exeter will be members of the academic community and encouraged to apply as co-investigators on applications for research funding.


About you

Successful applicants will be experienced, highly motivated, professional software developers with up-to-date skills with experience of working with research data and able to contribute to the process of securing funds for research. Prior experience of working as an RSE within a research environment is desirable.


Applicants will possess a PhD degree or equivalent professional experience in a field with significant use of computer programming and software engineering and will have experience in mentoring and evaluating the work of others. Applicants should also be able to work collaboratively with internal and external teams to complete research projects and advance thinking. All RSEs in Exeter are expected to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the importance of good practices for producing reliable software and reproducible analyses.


Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role by clicking on the attachment  on our website.


The University of Exeter

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university in the top 200 of universities worldwide. We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, and have achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. We have over 22,000 students and 4600 staff from 180 different countries and have been rated the WhatUni2017 International Student Choice. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today, with 98% of our research rated as being of international quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.



We offer some fantastic benefits including:


–        41 days leave per year

–        options for flexible working

–        numerous discounts at leading retailers

–        onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme

–        sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy

–        stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England


Further information

Please contact Dr James Allen, Head of the Research Software Engineering group, email