Plymouth Marine Laboratory Job Opportunity Research Software Engineer

Posted: 23 July 2020

Closing: 20 August 2020

Category: Non MASTS

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases 2020

Application deadline: 17:00 (GMT) 18 November 2020

UKRI (BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC and NERC), in collaboration with:

  • National Science Foundation (NSF),
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH),
  • S. Department of Agriculture (USDA),
  • United States - Israel Binational Science Foundation, and
  • National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC),

are pleased to announce a call for international partnerships involving researchers from the UK, and US, China and/or Israel under the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases programme (EEID).


The funders wish to encourage high quality, innovative research conducted by transdisciplinary teams of researchers on the ecological, evolutionary, and social drivers that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases of animals, humans and plants. The central theme of submitted projects must be the quantitative or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics.

The collaborative proposals must include researchers from the UK and the US and can include researchers from Israel and China. Applications for both research projects and Research Coordination Networks that involve researchers from the UK and US, China and/or Israel will be considered.

Further information on the scope of the call and how to apply can be found on the NSF website.

More info available on the BBSRC webpage.


Strategic Priorities Fund: Preparing for Future Clean Air Challenges – Interdisciplinary research and innovation consortia

Application deadline: 15 October 2020, 16:00


Call summary:

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) invites proposals for interdisciplinary research and innovation consortia under the second wave of the Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) Clean Air Programme.

The aim of the second wave of SPF Clean Air Programme funding is to equip the UK to proactively tackle new and emerging air quality challenges related to changing emissions and exposure patterns and health impacts on groups of people most at risk.

With this in mind, the purpose of this call is to fund solution focussed, interdisciplinary consortia in the area of the indoor/outdoor air quality interface which will deliver new knowledge that:

  • provides critical foresight on emerging air pollution challenges and associated health risks and impacts; and
  • enable an increased understanding and quantification of human behavioural change and practices in order to develop and assess interventions, that limit harmful exposure to mitigate negative health impacts individuals most at risk.

Further information:

For further information on background, scope and how to apply please visit the NERC website.

For further details on the SPF Clean Air Programme, please visit:
UK Clean Air website.

For more details on the Strategic Priorities Fund, please visit:
UKRI SPF website.


For further details on this funding call, please contact:


Announcement of Opportunity: NERC-ESRC funded Unconventional Hydrocarbons in the UK Energy System (UKUH) programme launches an Open Call

Up to £400,000 of funding has been allocated to an Open Call to build upon the existing NERC-ESRC funded Unconventional Hydrocarbons in the UK Energy System (UKUH) programme. The Open Call will fund projects that maximise the legacy and impact of the UKUH Programme; advance the integration of socio-economic and geoscience research; provide opportunities to increase the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) of the Programme and support Early Career Researchers (ECRs).


The ambitions of the Open Call will be delivered through:

1. Funding an overarching Socio-economic and Geoscience Nexus Project of up to £25,000;

2. Funding up to 3 Large inter-disciplinary projects each to a value of up to £70,000, for early career researchers;

3. Funding up to 8 Small projects each to the value of up to £20,000;

4. Allocating up to a total of £5,000, to fund up to 5 EDI Ambassadors responsible for promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and supporting Early Career Researchers (ECRs).


All details are found in the Announcement of Opportunity document  and we encourage applicants who are not currently funded through the existing UKUH Programme to apply in addition to those who are currently funded through the UKUH programme.


Plymouth Marine Laboratory Job Opportunity Research Software Engineer

Closing Date: 20/08/2020
Division: Science
Full Time Open Ended Appointment
Salary: £32200


PML is seeking to recruit a talented Research Software Engineer to augment its internationally renowned marine system modelling group. The numerical codes that we develop to understand, predict and identify solutions for marine systems are complex, addressing combinations of hydrodynamics, chemistry, physiology and ecosystems, using techniques such as data assimilation and latterly machine learning. Our models address scales ranging from global to local and tackle many key issues such as climate, sustainability, resources, pollution and energy provision.

As the group expands it is essential to maximise our use of cutting edge computational technology to maintain and increase our international impact. The post will focus on the development and optimisation of our suite of modelling codes and analysis tools. One of our primary challenges is to ensure that our increasingly complex high resolution models remain tractable on available platforms and that our systems are future proof, given the projected development of “exascale” computation over the next 5-10 years and the demise of “Moore’s Law”.

Post responsibilities will include at least some of:

Optimising the performance and workflow of various model codes and analytical tools

Developing computational techniques such as machine learning and other multivariate statistical approaches

Designing emulators to enable fast computation of subsystems

Enabling porting of our codes to alternative (e.g. cloud) platforms

Developing high quality visualisations of 3D time evolving data sets

Enabling the dissemination of our data via portals

Maintain, document and support software applications so as to facilitate their utilisation, longevity and quality

Managing our HPC resource allocation

Liaising with PML’s IT group (who manage our server hardware and network connectivity) to optimise new hardware specification, use of disk space and backup/archiving protocols

Much of our work utilises Fortran codes in a Linux environment with Python Scripting. The model systems we use are diverse although the main ones are NEMO, FVCOM and ERSEM. Direct experience of these latter codes is not necessary, nor is knowledge of marine systems, but experience with complex systems models would be beneficial.

We use national and in-house state of the art computational facilities; a summary of our work can be found here. The group works on a range of projects directly connected to the investigation, evaluation and remediation of impacts of change (climate and anthropogenic ) on the ocean and coastal environment in a policy and socially relevant framework. and address many of the UN sustainable development goals including those concerning food security, energy, sustainability and ecosystem health.

Applicants will require a PhD, MSc, or a minimum of three years postgraduate experience or equivalent, in a relevant computationally based discipline. Proven ability in programming and computer skills (e.g. Fortran, Python, Linux, or similar) is required, as will good mathematical and statistical skills, including ‘big data’ expertise.

The successful candidate will be able to communicate effectively and clearly within a highly interdisciplinary environment, liaising with scientific colleagues in order to understand their requirements for specialised scientific software solutions and share knowledge and expertise with colleagues to enhance overall group effectiveness .The candidate will be able to work with minimal supervision and will have excellent time-management skills.

Closing 20th August 2020

Interviews to be held in September, with the option of video interviews depending on candidate location and Covid-19 restrictions at the time.

Please use this link to apply.