Preliminary analysis of a survey of Research Software Engineers in the UK

Olivier Philippe, Neil Chue Hong, Simon Hettrick

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Abstract

This paper presents results from a survey conducted on a new role in academia: the Research Software Engineer (RSE). The survey provides much needed demographic information about the education, field, gender, job satisfaction and career plans of the people of RSEs. The community is found to be highly educated, derive mainly from the hard sciences, and to be predominantly male. Respondents report satisfaction in their jobs, but indicate that career progression is both difficult and opaque.

This paper supports a continued discussion about the experience of RSEs and recommends further investigation into this important community.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Fourth Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences (WSSSPE4)
Subtitle of host publicationUniversity of Manchester, Manchester, UK, September 12-­14, 2016
PublisherCEUR Workshop Proceedings (CEUR-WS.org)
Number of pages6
Volume1686
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 2016
Event4th Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences, WSSSPE4 2016 - Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Sep 201614 Sep 2016

Publication series

NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
PublisherCEUR-WS.org
Volume1686
ISSN (Electronic)1613-0073

Conference

Conference4th Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences, WSSSPE4 2016
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityManchester
Period12/09/1614/09/16

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