Research Software Engineer (Research Associate)

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We seek to recruit an enthusiastic, highly motivated scientist with proven intellectual and technical abilities who will be part of a University-wide team of Research Software Engineers associated with Supercomputing Wales, a strategic programme of investment in Higher Education intended to change the way supercomputer facilities are used to support research activities in Wales. The programme is led by Cardiff University, in a consortium with Aberystwyth, Bangor and Swansea Universities. With an estimated total cost of c. £19m, the programme has funded the purchase and running of new High Performance Computing (HPC) equipment, the recruitment of a new cohort of Research Software Engineers along with the necessary technical posts to support the operation. The programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund via Welsh Government (c. £12m in total), and by the university partners.

This post is to undertake specific tasks relating to the implementation and delivery of ‘Supercomputing Wales’ which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government (case number 80900 for East Wales, case number 80898 for West Wales and the Valleys).

The primary role will be to support the Cardiff University Gravity Exploration Institute ( in their use of High Performance and High Throughput Computing techniques and resources. This includes simulations of merging black holes and neutron stars, and transient gravitational wave signal detection and parameter estimation. The applicant will be expected to collaborate closely with RSEs from Supercomputing Wales, within the IRIS community ( in the UK and globally within the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

This post is full time available from 1st July 2022 and is fixed term until 1st September 2023.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr. Duncan Macleod (

For informal enquiries about working at Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy please contact Courtney Watkins (

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

“Cardiff University is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions we will evaluate applicants on the quality of their research, not publication metrics or the identity of the journal in which the research is published. More information is available at:” 

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