Research Software Engineers / Head of Research Software Engineering

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Are you a professional software developer interested in a new challenge?  Would you like to join an exciting and brand new team in a Russell Group University?  If you answered yes, then we want to hear from you.  The University of Exeter is establishing a new Research Software Engineering (RSE) Group to support cutting-edge research, and its impact across the university.

We are seeking talented software developers to fill four new RSE positions;

  • Head of Research Software Engineering
  • Senior Research Software Engineer
  • Research Software Engineer x 2

 All roles are full-time and permanent positions available immediately.

As RSEs you will make a vital contribution to the University’s research portfolio by developing and applying professionally usable software tools to address real-world data science, modelling, simulation, and other challenges across the spectrum of computational and social science. You will collaborate with academics across the University’s research community to create software and scripts that implement research and apply research methodologies to data and models in a readable, reliable and reproducible fashion.

You will be simultaneously engaged in several research projects and will therefore be expected to multi-task and prioritise your own workload.  You will advise on project development and co-author data management plans and sections of applications for funding – a fundamental part of the process of applying for research funding.

We expect RSE’s at the University of Exeter to be active members of the academic community and you will be encouraged to apply as co-investigators on applications for research funding.

About you

You will be experienced, highly motivated, professional software developers with up-to-date skills, experience of working with research data and able to contribute to the process of securing funds for research. Prior experience of working as an RSE within a research environment is desirable. For those applying for the Head of Research Software Engineering you will, in addition, have experience of leading and managing a team of RSEs and a demonstrable track record of innovation in research software engineering.

You will possess a PhD degree or equivalent professional experience in a field with significant use of computer programming and software engineering and will have experience in mentoring and evaluating the work of others. You should also be able to work collaboratively with internal and external teams to complete research projects and advance thinking. All RSEs in Exeter are expected to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the importance of good practices for producing reliable software and reproducible analyses.

Please see above the Job Descriptions and Person Specifications for more details on each role. Please make it clear in your cover letter if there is a specific role you would like to be considered for.


For Research Software Engineer, the starting salary will be from £35,845 up to £46,718 on Grade F.

For Senior Research Software Engineer, the starting salary will be from £44,045 up to £59,135 on Grade G.

For Head of Research Software Engineering, the starting salary will be £57,697 up to £72,692 on Grade H.

All depending on qualifications and experience.


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

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