Helping researchers accelerate their scientific discovery
In a world where most research is powered by software; high-performance computing and research software engineering plays an integral part in supporting the scientific community.
Dr Conn O’Rourke works as a Research Software Engineer in the Research Computing Group at the University of Bath, a unique role that combines his expertise in programming with an intricate understanding of research.
A drive to do things better led me into the world of research software engineering.
As a career path, research software engineering only really became an employment option around ten years ago, but they are essential roles, particularly in academia - aiding researchers working at the cutting edge of science.
Part of Conn’s role is working in collaboration with academic staff and doctoral researchers to make a significant impact on the quality of their research output by improving the quality of software being produced and writing properly developed and well-tested sustainable software.
As a research-intensive global university, we really must place more value on research software development.
As well as conducting postgraduate and researcher training, Conn provides essential funding advice to colleagues around the importance of adding software research development and research software engineer time into funding proposals.