Vacancy - Senior Research Software Engineer

Applications are invited for the post of Senior Research Software Engineer within the Environmental Change Institute.

Our research group, recently renamed the Oxford Programme for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (OPSIS), has been awarded several research projects that rely upon high quality software engineering, data analysis, user interfaces and visualisation. OPSIS is a dynamic and innovative research team, with important links with government, industry and the international academic community. OPSIS has a strong sense of identity and is widely regarded for its innovative contributions in systems modelling, risk analysis and infrastructure policy. This post offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to high profile projects with the potential to have a major impact, both in research terms and upon policy and practice.

You will provide additional software engineering expertise to enable us to advance our research, generate new research results and provide worthwhile insights for decision-makers. Working with domain specialists, you will write code and produce analysis and visualisations that assist our research and applied activities.

You will have a PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant scientific subject and have the skills and experience to contribute to our research on sustainable and resilient infrastructure systems analysis and modelling. The successful applicant will have experience, ability and practical success in scientific programming, research software engineering and/ or professional experience in software development in relevant domains of research or industry (modelling, simulation, visualisation, spatial analysis). You will be proficient in relevant programming languages and will have knowledge and experience of good practice in software design and development. This will require excellent organisational, teamworking and communication skills.

An appointment at a lower grade may also be considered for a less experienced candidate (with a Bachelor’s degree minimum requirement and suitable adjustment of responsibilities).

This is a fixed-term post for 24 months in the first instance.

Informal enquiries about the role are welcomed. Please contact Tom Russell (e-mail: or Prof Jim Hall (e-mail:

Applications for this vacancy are made online via the University’s jobs portal. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 5 January 2022, and interviews will be held in late January 2022.

Tom Russell
Tom Russell
Senior Research Software Engineer

Tom develops software for infrastructure planning, adaptation and risk assessment.

Jim Hall
Jim Hall
Professor of Climate and Environmental Risk

Prof. Jim Hall FREng is Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks in the University of Oxford and Director of Research in the School of Geography and the Environment.