Research Software Engineer in Semantic and Metadata Technologies

Southampton, United Kingdom
£34,308 to £37,474
25 Jan 2023
End of advertisement period
23 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Characterisation and Analytics

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £34,308 to £37,474
Full Time Fixed Term (until 30/09/2023)
Closing Date:  Tuesday 14 February 2023
Reference:  2151923EB

The Physical Science Data Infrastructure (PSDI) initiative is an EPSRC funded large scale infrastructure project. Our aim is to enable researchers in the physical sciences to handle data more easily by connecting and enhancing the different data infrastructures they use. Through PSDI researchers will be able to:

  • Find and Access reference quality data from commercial and open sources 
  • Combine data from different sources 
  • Share data, software and models including experimental and simulation data 
  • Deploy close-to-data computation and containerisation of data and software 
  • Use AI to explore data 
  • Make the results of their research open and FAIR 

We are looking for an enthusiastic developer to join our team and help formulate and create tools and systems to facilitate this.  

To be successful you must have a PhD, equivalent professional qualifications or experience and a background in development practices and excellent communication skills. A talent for technical problem solving is a must. You will encounter a wide range of technologies and data and will be given many opportunities to build new skills. We don't expect you to be proficient in everything, but it is vital that you enjoy exploring new areas and learning new technologies. You will have opportunities to work on several areas within the project, however the primary research and development aspect of the role will be the exploitation of data resources and technologies using APIs.   

You will make a valuable contribution to PSDI’s goals, making contributions from software development to user engagement and have the potential to grow your own distinctive area of expertise. There will be many opportunities to develop skills that will advance your career and build on skills outside of software development, such as in project management, training and communication. 

The position will be a fixed-term contract until September 2023 in the first instance, but will be expected to continue for longer dependent upon funding. The post is based at the University of Southampton in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in Chemistry, having held an Athena SWAN Silver award since 2014. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position. Chemistry considers applicants that wish to work flexibly and due consideration is given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy and onsite childcare facilities.  For further information please visit 

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. We are committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university having recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.   

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Application Procedure 

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Please include a covering letter and full CV in your application including the names of three referees. 

The application deadline is midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need assistance, call Recruitment on  +44 (0) 23 8059 2750, or email Quote the advert reference on all correspondence. 

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