February 2021 Newsletter
Published: Feb 16, 2021
In this bi-monthly newsletter, we share recent, current, and planned activities of the US-RSE Association, and related news that we think is of interest to US-RSE members. Newsletters are also available on our website alongside the growing resources and information on the US-RSE Association. A sign-up option for our newsletter is available here.
In this issue:
- Steering Committee Elections
- First Annual General Meeting
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group
- Community Meeting on Education and Training
- ADSA/US-RSE Career Panel
- Interesting Events
- RSE Stories
- Recent Job Postings
- Interesting Reads
- US-RSE Outreach
- Get Involved
Steering Committee Elections
Our first formal elections for 4 seats on the steering committee were held in December. Congratulations to the newly elected steering committee members: Julia Damerow, Chris Hill, Daniel S. Katz, and Lance Parsons. A special thank you to all the candidates and everyone who voted.
First Annual General Meeting
We held our first US-RSE Annual General Meeting (AGM) on December 4th, 2020. It included an update on US-RSE happenings along with statements from the steering committee candidates. If you missed it, the meeting recording is available on the US-RSE YouTube channel.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group
The US-RSE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group (DEI WG) needs YOU!
Things we’re actively working on include:
- Organizing invited speakers to discuss DEI initiatives and related topics
- Engaging with DEI in Technology groups such as Women in HPC and Code 2040
- Guidance on and examples of how to write inclusive RSE job descriptions to ensure they attract a diverse audience
If you’d like to help us out, or have ideas about other things we should be doing, please contact us on the #dei-discussion Slack channel or contact Lance Parsons (email@example.com) and we’ll help get you involved.
Community Meeting on Education and Training
We recently held our February Community Meeting on “Education and Training: How RSEs gain skills, learn the field.” The discussions were lively and we think it raised momentum for building a working group on education and training. We encourage you to join the #education-training Slack channel to continue the conversation.
ADSA/US-RSE Career Panel
On Thursday, February 23rd we are teaming up with the Academic Data Science Alliance to host an Early Career Panel: “What do data scientists and research software engineers do in academia?“ This career panel will offer attendees the opportunity to hear from data scientists and research software engineers about their career paths, the skills expected of these positions, where and how to seek these types of positions, and what to expect when working in these fields. This event will focus on students, postdocs, and those early in their careers, but all are welcome to attend. Please pass along the registration link to anyone who may be interested.
Some other events coming up may be of interest to RSEs:
- SORSE: A Series of Online Research Software Events - an international answer to the COVID-19-induced cancellation of many national RSE conferences, to provide an opportunity for RSEs to develop and grow their skills, build new collaborations and engage with RSEs worldwide. The series will have its last events before the end of March. These remaining events will take place at different times to accommodate different time zones. https://sorse.github.io/programme/
- The Xpert Network Panel on Thursday February 18, 2-3:30pm Eastern, discusses “Best practices for Data-Intensive applications” with Sandra Gesing and Daniel S. Katz as panelists.
- SIAM CSE21 (Conference on Computational Science and Engineering) takes place virtually March 1-5. Interesting sessions for RSEs include
- MS30 - Software Productivity and Sustainability for CSE (March 1, 9:45-11:25am CST)
- PD1 - Panel Discussion on Diversity and Inclusion for Careers in CSE: Challenges and Best Practices - Part I of III (March 1, 6:00 - 6:45 pm CST)
- PD2 - Panel Discussion on Diversity and Inclusion for Careers in CSE: Challenges and Best Practices - Part II of III (March 1, 6:45 - 7:30 pm CST)
- PD3 - Panel Discussion on Diversity and Inclusion for Careers in CSE: Challenges and Best Practices - Part III of III (March 2, 9:15 - 9:45 am CST)
- PP7 Minisymposterium: Software Productivity and Sustainability for CSE (March 3, 9:25-11:25am CST)
- MS251 - Enhancing Sustainability and Productivity for Research Software - Part I of II (March 4, 2:15-3:55 pm CST)
- MS278 - Enhancing Sustainability and Productivity for Research Software - Part II of II (March 4, 4:15 - 5:55 pm CST)
- Collaborations Workshop 2021 featuring the themes FAIR Research Software, Diversity and Inclusion, and Software Sustainability takes place March 30 - April 1.
The Research Software Engineer Stories podcast just released its 51st episode! Here are some recent episodes to check out:
51: The Shop: Blaise Thompson
50: We are Here for a Purpose: Alys Brett
49: For the Long Haul: Greg Becker
48: Teach People How to Code: Olivia Guest
47: The Purple Pythonista: Tania Allard
46: All Things R: Maella Salmon
45: Founding Fathers: Rob Haines
44: Equal Footing: Nooriyah Lohani
RSE Stories is looking for feedback from you and interested community members who might like to try editing or hosting and recording an episode. Please take this three question survey to let RSE Stories know what you think!
Recent Job Postings
These opportunities were recently posted to the RSE Careers page:
- Programmer I - Princeton Neuroscience Institute: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
- Director of Research Computing: University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO
- Software Engineer: Benioff Ocean Initiative at University of California, Santa Barbara, CA (currently remote)
- Quantsight Software Engineer, Jupyter Ecosystem: Austin, Texas, worldwide (remote OK)
- Quantsight Software Engineer, C++/GPU: Austin, Texas, worldwide (remote OK)
- Quantsight Software Engineer, Distributed Computing (Dask): Austin, Texas, worldwide (remote OK)
- Senior Research Scientist, Application Engineering: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (can be remote)
- Data & Artificial Intelligence Research Engineering (Full Time): Citrine Informatics, Redwood City, CA (or remote)
- Data & Artificial Intelligence Research Engineering (Internship): Citrine Informatics, Redwood City, CA (temporarily remote)
- Software Engineer: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
- Senior Informatics Analyst, Research Informatics: Genentech, San Francisco, CA
- Sr. R&D Staff Software Engineering: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
- Environmental Informatics Research Professional: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
- Research Software Engineer: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
- Research Software Engineer: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
- Research Scientist/Engineer: University of Washington
- Machine Learning Engineer, Calico Life Sciences: South San Francisco, CA (currently remote)
- Research Software Engineer at Open Minds Lab: University of Pittsburgh
- Data Scientist / Engineer: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
- Research Software Engineer (Scientific Software Developer): Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Items you may have missed on the blog and Slack:
- Sexism in the Academy
- Mentored Sprints for Diverse Beginners
- Mentored Sprints
- Five Recommendations for FAIR Software
Do you have a meeting, event, or community that might be interested in hearing more about US-RSE? We are happy to come talk to your group! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out via @sc on slack.
There are lots of ways to get involved with the US-RSE community. Of course, you can join us on Slack or volunteer for an interview with the RSE Stories podcast. But we’re also looking for ideas and help in many other places. See our list of projects and let us know how you’d like to help. Help with things like the Website Committee, Social Media, and Community Engagement are all needed.