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Community Engagement and Training Officer (Research Software Engineering)

University of Sheffield - Department of Computer Science

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £31,866 to £40,322 per annum (pro-rata) (Grade 7)
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 3rd February 2020
Closes: 4th March 2020
Job Ref: UOS025316

Contract Type: Fixed term until 31 January 2021

Working Pattern: Part-Time (50% FTE)

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering

Are you interested in leading engagement and training for research software engineering within a nationally leader Research Software Engineering (RSE) team?

We are looking for a new member to our growing Research Software Engineering (RSE) team, who can help us build capacity in research software engineering best practice and reproducible research more generally throughout the university’s academic community. By leading community engagement and training, we aim to develop spaces, infrastructure and activities that will support a vibrant and diverse community of practice.

With a PhD (or be close to completion/have equivalent experience) in computing or a computationally-intensive subject, you will be highly passionate about developing robust software and advocating good software development practises through collaborations and training/teaching. You should have experience of advocating reproducible research/software engineering best practice (for example test-driven methodology, documentation and version control) and the role of RSEs through the development and delivery of training. You should also have experience of running a portfolio of engaging events for example through community building, collaboration, public talks or blogging.

You will be responsible for developing and coordinating the delivery of a comprehensive program of both original and established training events and other community and capacity building activities (for example, hackathons, code cafes, meetups and seminars). The events will take place in collaboration with the rest of the RSE team and partners at The University of Sheffield Faculties, Departments, the Library and Corporate Information and Computing Services (CiCS). Responsibilities will include identifying appropriate topics and gaps in currently available activities and development of training materials appropriate for researchers from diverse backgrounds and fields of research. You will also contribute to the development of tools and materials that can support the codification and dissemination of community derived best practices in Reproducible Research (e.g. community co-developed documentation, templates and checklists).

We are a supportive group that values further development of our members and we support each other through the diversity of our members' skills and experiences. We are also committed to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit the individual and University.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

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