We’re recruiting! Two Grade 9 ‘Principal’ Research Infrastructure Engineer posts

Join our brilliant Advanced Research Computing group at the University of Birmingham, where you will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology and on innovative research projects at a world-class university. Recent successes and secure funding mean we are growing. In the last year we’ve added Research Software Engineers, Research Data Scientists, a Graduate Systems Engineer and … Continue reading “We’re recruiting! Two Grade 9 ‘Principal’ Research Infrastructure Engineer posts”

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Essential HPC tools – tmux

In this blog post on Advanced Research Computing tips, one of our Research Software Engineers, Dr James Allsopp, gives some tips on logging into Linux-based systems such as BlueBEAR and Baskerville, using tmux. Whenever I have to remote into a Linux-based system, one of the first things I look for is a program called tmux. … Continue reading “Essential HPC tools – tmux”

BEAR PGR Conference 2023

Over two days in April (19-20), BEAR users came together to meet and hear about the fascinating research that Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) and academic staff are undertaking on the University’s supercomputer, BlueBEAR. The BEAR PGR Conference is an annual event where we give PGRs an opportunity to get experience in running a conference, gaining skills … Continue reading “BEAR PGR Conference 2023”

Data Horror Stories

Have you ever lost your research data? Left a memory stick in a public computer? Not been able to find the crucial bit of data underpinning your publication? In a return to our in-person Digital Research Conversations, held on the 2nd November 2022, we covered some data horror stories but most importantly, offered advice on … Continue reading “Data Horror Stories”

Extended BEAR outage in April

Update 29/03/2023 Our contractors and Estates have confirmed the dates for the BEAR services shutdown, this will be from 9am on Friday 21st April until Tuesday 25th April at 5pm.  We are expecting to restore access to the Research Data Store and Virtual Machines (which run bear-hosted websites) on Monday 24th April but compute services, such as BlueBEAR and Baskerville, … Continue reading “Extended BEAR outage in April”

Graduate Systems Engineer vacancy at UoB

If you want to make a difference and are fascinated by how technology works, come and join a leading team responsible for supercomputing and allied services at the University of Birmingham! The Advanced Research Computing (or BEAR) team is looking for a graduate (recently graduated or in final year of study) to grow into a … Continue reading “Graduate Systems Engineer vacancy at UoB”

Machine Learning and AI use in Business & Economics

On the 24th November, Advanced Research Computing (or the BEAR team!) and researchers in the Business School and Economics presented a hybrid 1 hour session around the use of Machine Learning and AI techniques, in relation to their research areas. There was also a short demo on using the BEAR portal for Economics/Business-related software applications … Continue reading “Machine Learning and AI use in Business & Economics”

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IT Needs of Active Research Survey News – BEAR

Written by Carol Sandys (Head of Advanced Research Computing) & Stephanie Thompson Thank you to everyone who took time to respond to the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research’s (PVC-R’s) ‘IT Needs of Active Research’ Survey (pdf of questions available below). Whilst the response rate was lower than in previous generations of this survey (with 173 responses) … Continue reading “IT Needs of Active Research Survey News – BEAR”

Call for Carpentries Trainers & Helpers

You may be aware that the BEAR team runs Software Carpentry courses on Python, Git, MATLAB and R with the assistance of a number of trained instructors from across the university. We would like to encourage more people to get involved as both trainers and course helpers. Carpentry Instructors Do you have experience of R, Python, Git, … Continue reading “Call for Carpentries Trainers & Helpers”