Research Software Engineer

  • The Rosalind Franklin Institute
  • Harwell, Didcot, UK
  • 23/06/2022
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We are looking for a talented and motivated Research Software Engineer to join our Artificial Intelligence and Informatics Theme at the Rosalind Franklin Institute (the Franklin). Many projects at the Franklin produce 2D, 3D, and correlative imaging data of biological and materials science systems. In many cases analysis of these data are manual or only semi-automated meaning many datasets are never analysed fully. An aim of the AI&I theme is to remove these barriers through the implementation of automation and/or machine learning. However, in many cases, before automation can be implemented, the processing pipeline must be validated, or training data must be provided. This is where we rely on citizen science to provide this early data.

Your primary task will be to curate and analyse the data collected from the Science Scribbler projects on the Zooniverse, using it to answer research and methodological questions and to develop data processing pipelines for automation of the tasks in future. Ongoing projects are currently focused on mitochondria characteristics in placenta and catalyst system characteristics for better batteries, while previous projects have focused on organelle organisation in Huntington’s disease and viral infection. You will help to design workflows to gather data, interact with volunteers during the data collection process and analyse the output data with a focus on the creation of open-source pipelines and tools to automate data collection in future.

About you
Candidates must hold a good first degree in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths). Experience of modern software development methods, and practical experience of the Python Programming language are essential for the role. We are looking for candidates ideally with experience of working with Image data. Research experience in a relevant subject, especially in biology, or computer science, as well as Practical experience of a modern programming language other than Python are desirable.

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About us
The Rosalind Franklin Institute is a national research institute dedicated to developing new technologies to tackle important health research challenges. The spectrum of tools under development at the Franklin are individually extraordinary, but when combined at the Franklin’s Hub, they allow us to develop tomorrow’s healthcare innovations.

Location: Operating on a ‘hub and spokes’ model, the Institute has its central hub at Harwell Campus, Europe’s largest Science and Innovation Campus.

Closing date:20th July 2022 at 09:00am

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