Senior Research Software Engineer

This is a great opportunity for a Senior Research Software Engineer to join the C-THRU research project, which models energy usage and emissions in the petrochemical supply chain to identify net zero migration paths. 

As the third largest CO2 emitting industry worldwide, understanding sector-wide innovation and intervention opportunities is needed to deliver global decarbonisation goals. 

About the project:

C-THRU is a 3-year, interdisciplinary research project which develops tools for data-driven analysis and modelling of industrial systems and processes to find opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

The tools and modelling methods will be used by our international team of leading university researchers and will support strategic decision-making by initiatives such as UK FIRES which seeks to transform the UK industrial system through improved resource efficiency. 

The C-THRU project brings together researchers from the Universities of Cambridge, the University of Bath, the University of Texas (USA) and the University of California (USA) to work alongside industry partners. 

The role:

As a Senior Research Software Engineer within the group, you will:

  • Work with the globally distributed team of C-THRU research colleagues to model material use, and energy and emissions projections 
  • Provide the expert knowledge and skills needed to develop and continuously improve new software solutions that meet research objectives 
  • Provide technical training, coaching sessions, and promote best practices in research software development within the research team. 

The types of research software and related activities within the project include:

  • Application of numerical optimisation to calibrate research models
  • Data integration pipelines using semantic technologies (RDF and Datalog)
  • Tools to support researchers in checking and monitoring the results of complex models
  • Tools to support researchers to produce self-documenting models combining computer-readable RDF and human-readable documentation output
  • Development of a custom data visualisation tool for Sankey diagrams
  • Use of platforms such as Github and Zenodo to share and archive research data and code

You will be based in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath, with opportunities for travel to conferences and project meetings.

The post holder will be a member of the University’s Research Software Engineering group and work closely with C-THRU project researchers. 

The position is full time from early 2022 with an expected end date of 30 September 2023.

About you:

Our ideal applicant will have:

  • Experience in research and a strong background in programming and software development
  • Be committed to software development best practices and know how to adapt them for research contexts
  • Excellent communication skills and a talent for technical problem solving

For an informal discussion don't hesitate to get in touch with Steven Chapman (Research Computing Manager) on or Dr Rick Lupton (Lecturer) on

We are:

  • a family friendly workplace
  • open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University. 
  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. 

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We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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  • Application deadline: Mar 20, 2022
  • University of Bath
  • Department of Mechancial Engineering / Digital, Data & Technology Group
  • Bath, United Kingdom
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