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Research Software Engineer Team Lead

Directorate of Technology, Estates and Facilities
42,155 - 51,805 a year (Plus 6,000 market supplement)
Grade 7
Contract status
Hours of work
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University of York campus (with some remote working options available)
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Role Description

Directorate of Technology, Estates & Facilities - IT Services (Research IT)

DTEF is responsible for ‘providing outstanding work, study, research facilities, and facilities to enhance the student experience, on campus and online’.

Our directorate consists of three sections which are:

Technology:  IT Infrastructure: Networks, Research IT, Faculty IT and Security, Systems, Desktop and Print.  

Digital: Software, Projects, BA/change management.

Estates: Estates Operations: Asset Management, Policy & Assurance, Operations & Maintenance.

Estates Development: Estates Programmes, Projects, and DTEF Engagement.

Facilities: Campus Services: Facilities, Admin. & Customers, Accommodation & Room Bookings

Commercial Services: Retail, Catering, Conferences, Nursery, Copy & Print, York Sport, York Science Park Ltd & Guildhall.

This role is part of the Research IT Team within IT Services. 


Be part of this exciting team where you will have the opportunity to engage with academics across the university facilitating both research and teaching.  As part of the University of York Research IT you lead the Research Software Engineering (RSE)  team.   You will also provide research IT support to students and staff throughout the university with time to participate in grand funded research projects.

The Research IT Team sits within IT Services.  We are responsible for maintaining and offering user support for our £2.5 million Viking HPC facility.  We also provide Linux support for a number of devices and facilities within the university.  As part of this team you will lead the RSE project portfolio,  promoting RSE activity within the university and connecting with peers nationally.   As part of this role you will be given time to pursue research software engineering projects from consultation and general research IT support to larger grant funded projects. 

You will be part of  modernising and innovating our offering to continue to facilitate  academics in their research endeavours.  We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with excellent customer service skills and a strong willingness to lead and develop the RSE offering at the university. 

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • Broad understanding and in-depth knowledge of Research Software Engineering, software development practices and a range of research software techniques and methodologies
  • Knowledge in a specialist academic area to engage in high quality research from a research software point of view, that will complement and enhance the department's research strategy and goals
  • Ability to lead, manage, train and develop a team of technical staff successfully managing and motivating others to achieve results, prioritising to deadlines and demands
  • Ability to identify sources of funding and contribute to the process of securing funds, with collaborators if required
  • Ability to write up research work for publication and onward dissemination with previous experience of undertaking publicly evidenced high quality research software engineering projects.
  • Well developed analytical and coding skills
  • Flexible attitude towards work, willingness to respond to time led demands
  • Level 6 qualification. (Qualifications at this level include a degree. Please view the full list). We also welcome applicants with equivalent non-uk qualifications or equivalent professional experience.
  • Evidence of behaviours that uphold our Our Values

For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Emma Barnes -

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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