Research Software Engineer / Supporter

Updated: 3 months ago

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness in the future as well. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community. 

Aalto Scientific Computing is looking for a 

RESEARCH SOFTWARE ENGINEER / SUPPORTER

To a permanent, full-time position. 

Are you more of a programmer than your researcher colleagues?  Are you more of a researcher than commercial developers?  Do you fit in both, but have a home in neither?  Be a Research Software Engineer with us and find your home.  If you are looking for a career path which combines the interesting parts of both fields, this is a good choice. 

Aalto Scientific Computing is an elite "special forces" unit of Research IT, providing high-performance computing hardware, management, research support, teaching, and training.  Our team consists of a core of PhD staff working with top researchers throughout the university.  Our services are used by every school at Aalto University and known throughout Finland and the Nordics.  All our work is open-source by default and we take an active part in worldwide projects. 

In this position, you will: 

  • Provide software development and consulting as a service, depending on demand from research groups. 

  • Provide one-on-one research support from a software, programming, Linux, data, and infrastructure perspective: short-term projects helping researchers with specific tasks, so that the researchers gain competence to work independently. 

  • As needed and depending on interest, teaching and other research infrastructure support. 

  • Continually learn new skills as part of our team. 

Primary qualifications: There are two main tracks, and candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply – every candidate will be evaluated according to their own unique experiences. 

  • PhD degree with research experience in some computational field and much knowledge of practical computing strategies for research, or 

  • Software developer or computational scientist with a strong software/open source/Linux background, scientific computing experience, and some experience in research.  Masters degree or similar experience. 

This particular call emphasizes the ability to work in machine learning and AI environments.  The ideal candidate will be working closely with machine learning researchers, and thus a background in machine learning is highly desirable. 

Important skills: 

  • Ability to tackle any problem with a researcher's mindset and a developer's passion for technology. 

  • Experience or knowledge of the principles of open source software, open science, and software development tools such as version control. 

  • Please see https://scicomp.aalto.fi/rse/become-a-rse/ for more information on what kind of skills we value - or more precisely what you are likely to learn. 

What we offer:  

  • You will join the dynamic Aalto Scientific Computing team, where you will learn from some of the best research IT specialists in Finland. 

  • Co-working within top-quality research groups, getting experience in a wide variety of fields and developing an extensive network of scientific contacts.  This includes contacts to the Aalto startup scene and community. 

  • A way to be close to the research process while focusing on interesting computational problems and not the publication process. 

  • Our program will offer you a chance to improve your software skills – you are expected to engage in plenty of professional development. 

  • Open Source is our expectation.  All (or most) of your code may be open source and may be added to your public CV, depending on the needs of researchers. 

Salary will be according to experience, for a recently graduated PhD similar to a postdoc salary.  Work hours are flexible, but are expected to sync with the audience being served.  Primary workplace is Otaniemi, Espoo (Helsinki region), Finland.  Aalto University has a hybrid work policy which allows 60% remote work possibility, and our team takes good advantage of this flexibility. 

To apply successfully

Please include a separate cover letter (~1-2 pages).  Please try to write your cover letter avoiding information like name, gender, nationality or other demographic information that is not directly related to why you would be the right person for this position (this includes, for example, a signature on the letter). This will assist in anonymous recruitment possibilities. The letter should include for example: 

  • Why being a Research Software Engineer is for you, 

  • past research experience, if any, 

  • past technical teaching or mentoring experience, 

  • past software development experience (even informal self-learning), 

  • past Linux, command line, or scripting experience, 

  • highlight one (or a few) collaborative projects you have taken part in and your role within it, and 

  • what you bring and what you intend to learn

Please include also a normal professional or academic CV including 

  • a list of your technical and programming tools and level of proficiency (e.g. basic/proficient/expert). This is the time to show the breadth of your experience. 

  • Github link or other public sample code.  If not available, whatever is possible to demonstrate past programming experience.  Please highlight one or two of your outstanding research software projects. 

Ready to apply? 

Please submit your application by 25 March 2022 through the link below* (‘Apply now!’). The desired start date is April-June 2022.  

*Please note: Aalto University’s employees and visitors should apply for the position via our internal system Workday -> find jobs (not external aalto.fi webpage on open positions) by using their existing Workday user account.

For further information, please contact Staff Scientist Richard Darst by email richard.darst(at)aalto.fi or Staff Scientist Enrico Glerean by phone p. +358505943377. 

More information on Aalto as employer: https://www.aalto.fi/en/careers-at-aalto  

About Finland 

Finland is a great place for living with or without family – it is a safe, politically stable and well-organized Nordic society. Finland is consistently ranked high in quality of life and was just listed again as the happiest country in the world: https://worldhappiness.report/news/its-a-three-peat-finland-keeps-top-spot-as-happiest-country-in-world/ . 

For more information about living in Finland: https://www.aalto.fi/services/about-finland and https://www.aalto.fi/en/services/welcome-to-aalto-university-and-finland-info-package .    

 About Aalto University 

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Aalto University has been awarded with HR Excellence in Research quality label in European Commission, guaranteeing that we adhere to top quality HR practices in both recruitment and employment relations. 

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