This website is to build awareness of the Research Software Engineer (RSE) community and to identify volunteers to help implement the practical solutions for the RSE community. If you are an academic/researcher who codes but are lacking recognition and metrics needed to progress your academic career; a ‘generalist’ who brings communities together and can engage with both researchers and technical staff; a professional software engineer working in the research space; or a system administrator who maintains research systems, you should think about joining.
The term RSE, originally coined by the UK RSE association (rse.ac.uk), says the following about RSEs: “A growing number of people in academia combine expertise in programming with an intricate understanding of research. Although this combination of skills is extremely valuable, these people lack a formal place in the academic system.”
Inspired by the success of the RSE Association in UK, we are seeking to establish an Australasian Chapter of the RSE Association. Together with international bodies and support from our national organisations such as AeRO, NeSI, CAUDIT, the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), and research institutions, we aim to campaign for the recognition and adoption of the RSE role within the research ecosystem. Alongside this, appropriate recognition, reward and career opportunities for RSEs are needed. We plan to organise regular events to allow RSEs to meet, exchange knowledge and collaborate on methods to create these opportunities.
We ran an initial Expression of Interest survey in 2017 among Australian and New Zealand researchers and found that majority of the respondents prioritised: (1) Increased recognition of the RSE role, (2) More appropriate, consistent and representative position descriptions and KPIs, and (3) Community development through regular events and gatherings.
Please join us to actively work on how we can grow this community and advocate for others. Together, we can build a sustainable community that benefits research software engineers, and ultimately contributes to more efficient and reproducible research.