Research Software Engineers
The increasing reliance of almost all research on software has been documented by the Software Sustainability Institute. They have found that more than 92% of academics use research software, and 56% develop their own.
The Southampton Research Software Group is comprised of Research Software Engineers (RSEs). RSEs differ from traditional Software Engineers in their inherent understanding of the academic research process – gained through real-world experience.
The initiative to recognise the role of the RSE began here at the University of Southampton in 2012. Now RSE groups can now be found at most major universities and the Research Software Engineers Association represents more than 1000 members in the UK and there are now similar associations in dozens of other countries.
Our group began in 2015, made up from members of the Software Sustainability Institute’s consultancy team who are based in the School of Electronics and Computer Science. Since then we’ve grown to five RSEs and worked on dozens of projects. We receive no central funding and don’t make a profit; we charge only for our time.
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