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Research Software Engineer

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About the role

We are recruiting a Research Software Engineer to work between the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre (SWC) Neuroinformatics Unit (NIU) and Advanced Microscopy facilities (AMF) to provide support for the analysis of light microscopy datasets. The AMF provides support for all light microscopy at SWC including both in-vivo functional imaging within research laboratories and histological imaging performed within the facility itself. The facility provides histology and tissue clearing as a service, along with custom-built microscopes (lightsheet and serial-section two-photon) for whole-brain imaging. The NIU ( is a Research Software Engineering team dedicated to the development of high quality, accurate, robust, easy to use and maintainable open-source software for neuroscience and machine learning.

About you

To be considered for the role you will have an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in neuroscience, computer science, physics, mathematics, biology or a related field. You will also have significant experience working with (bio) imaging data and experience/knowledge of at least one of the following: Microscopy, Neuroscience or Neuroanatomy. In addition you will Experience developing pipelines for tasks such as data analysis, visualisation, or acquisition (evidenced by successful project completion) and experience working in a scientific research environment. Significant knowledge of the Python or MATLAB programming language is essential, as well as the ability to proactively identify areas for improvement and initiate new projects, strong written and oral communication skills, with the ability to present complex information clearly and effectively and ability to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team.

What we offer

The SWC offers staff an award-winning work environment in the heart of Fitzrovia with access to pleasant outdoor spaces. The Centre also offers the full range of UCL staff benefits, including a generous annual leave entitlement, occupational pension schemes, excellent family-friendly policies such as occupational shared parental pay, a work-life balance policy, and a range of financial benefits such as a season ticket loan scheme and staff discounts.

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

As London’s Global University, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation, and we want our community to represent the diversity of the world’s talent. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in UCL’s workforce.

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