At SC19 I had the privilege of serving on a panel about fostering career paths in HPC. In the days prior, I spent some time preparing for the panel by identifying what I felt were the current gaps and problems facing the career path for RSEs. Because of the response (very positive) I took the ideas from my panel introduction and turned it into this post.
To be honest, I was not expecting the sheer volume of questions and discussion surrounding RSEs and RSE careers during the panel session. I had assumed that the both the term “Research Software Engineer” and the role were too new in the community to generate much interest. I was glad to be wrong. It was encouraging to see how much the landscape had changed, especially in the year since SC18, and given the current momentum and interest, it seems the perfect time to earnestly increase our efforts.