US-RSE Newsletter

November 2021 Newsletter

Published: Nov 30, 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. To receive our newsletter, join US-RSE here.

In this issue:

Second Annual General Meeting and Election of Steering Committee Members

Our second US-RSE Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held December 3rd, 2021, 1-3 pm ET, for all our members. Participants must register in advance here. This will be an opportunity to hear from US-RSE leadership about our activities in 2021 and future plans for the Association. Candidates running for the US-RSE Steering Committee will be given an opportunity to introduce themselves. Questions or discussion topics can be submitted prior to the meeting here. All members are invited and encouraged to attend, and the meeting will be recorded and made available shortly afterwards for those who can’t make it.

You can find details on the election process of the US-RSE Steering Committee and timeline here! Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you might have on the #election channel on Slack. The voting process will be open from December 3-10, 2021, the election results will be announced by December 17, 2021, and newly elected Steering Committee members will take office January 1, 2022.

International RSE Survey

As part of an international effort, US-RSE has worked with RSE organizations in other countries to develop the 2021 RSE Survey. You don’t need to be called an RSE to complete the survey. Your formal job title does not matter: we want to hear from you if you develop software for research as part of your work. The survey provides considerable detail about the RSE role: a person’s route into the role, the type of work they conduct, their working practices, job satisfaction and demographics. This means it takes around 20 minutes to complete. We appreciate that this is a significant amount of your time to donate - and we thank you for it!

We strongly encourage you to respond to the survey and to share it with others who may be interested. The results of this survey will be greatly beneficial to US-RSE as we move forward. The more responses we have, the better our knowledge.

For more details on the survey visit

You can complete the 2021 RSE survey in English, French, German, or Spanish.

US-RSE Community Workshop

We are excited to announce the first US-RSE Association community building workshop April 26-27, 2022 in Princeton, NJ, after two years of delays due to COVID-19! This will be a workshop focused on planning the best path forward to grow the US-RSE Association. You can find out more and express interest in attending by filling out the US-RSE Workshop Interest Form.

US-RSE Community Calls

The video for the November Community Call on “Current Technologies” is available on YouTube. All Community Call videos are listed in this playlist. The final community call of 2021 will take place on December 9, 2021. The topic will be Conducting Constructive Code Reviews.

RSE Stories Podcast

The Research Software Engineer Stories podcast has one new episode posted - the third in the series of a special podcast for Halloween! Check it out below!

RSE Stories is looking for a new co-host and other volunteers to help with production. You don’t need to commit to anything: start with one episode and go from there. Interested? Reach out to Vanessa via Slack.

Recent Job Postings

These opportunities were recently posted to the RSE Careers page:

  1. Manager - IT DevOps: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO/Remote Posted: Nov 23, 2021
  2. Research Software Engineer: Breakthrough Energy, Seattle, Washington, District of Columbia, United States, San Francisco Bay Area Posted: Nov 18, 2021
  3. Applications Developer, User Interface: Caltech, Pasadena, CA Posted: Nov 16, 2021
  4. Applications Developer, Data Systems: Caltech, Pasadena, CA Posted: Nov 16, 2021
  5. Assistant Director, Penn State’s Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Industry (AIMI) Center - Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS): State College, Pennsylvania Posted: Nov 10, 2021
  6. Data Analyst Lead - Center for Education Efficacy, Excellence, and Equity (E4): Northwestern University, Evanston, IL Posted: Nov 09, 2021
  7. ICDS Technical Director - Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS): State College, Pennsylvania Posted: Nov 09, 2021
  8. System Engineering and Integration Lead - Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS): State College, Pennsylvania Posted: Nov 09, 2021
  9. Operations Team Lead - Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS): State College, Pennsylvania Posted: Nov 09, 2021
  10. Software Engineer: Lookit/MIT, Cambridge, MA / Remote Posted: Nov 08, 2021
  11. Programmer Analyst III: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX Posted: Nov 05, 2021
  12. Software Engineer - THREDDS: UCAR Unidata, Boulder, CO Posted: Nov 04, 2021
  13. Software Engineer - Science Gateway: UCAR Unidata, Boulder, CO Posted: Nov 04, 2021
  14. Senior Software Manager for Data-intensive Astronomical Research Program: Seattle (or Pittsburgh) Posted: Nov 03, 2021
  15. Senior Scientist Research Computing (Biomedical and Clinical Informatics): Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ Posted: Oct 27, 2021
  16. Full Stack Software Engineer: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN Posted: Oct 27, 2021
  17. Full Stack Software Engineer: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN Posted: Oct 27, 2021
  18. Researcher: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI Posted: Oct 22, 2021

Community News

SC21-TV interviewed Charles Ferenbaugh about the research software engineering landscape, and Daniel S. Katz about research software sustainability.

The videos from the International RSE Day are available on this YouTube playlist.

DEI Media Club Discussion

In an effort to promote continuing education and discussion, the US-RSE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group (DEI-WG) presents the next instance of its DEI Media Club on December 2, 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: a discussion of an episode of Code Switch: The Folk Devil Made Me Do It.

Sign up to let us know that you are interested.

To get most out of it: Come prepared to discuss! Please share the event with your colleagues:

Interesting Events

Some other events coming up may be of interest to RSEs:

Interesting Reads

Items you may have missed on the blog and Slack:

US-RSE Outreach

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 or reach out via @sc on slack.

US-RSE Financials

We are organizing US-RSE finances via Open Collective. You can see the budget, expenses, and contributions on this site.

Get Involved

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 for 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 and welcome.