For group leaders

You, or someone in your group, has requested Research Software Engineer services for one of your group’s projects. This service provides specialist support for software, data, and open science so that you can focus on the science that is interesting to you. You probably have some questions about what this is, and this page will answer those practical questions. For researchers using our services, also see Starting a project with us.

How it is funded

There are two funding strategies:

  • Short term (a few weeks or less) is funded by your department, if you are in one of the sponsoring units. You don’t need to do anything special.

  • Longer term (month or more) is funded from your own projects. See the information for grant applicants, it is also relevant if you already have funding you want to use.

    You can use our services for both a specific project, or generally have us around on retainer to support all of your projects (for example, 20% time for a year). If you are applying for a new grant, see For grant applicants.

Access to data and tools

Our goal is not to come in, wave our hands, and leave you with something unusable. Instead, we want to come in and set you up to work yourself in the future. Thus, (if it’s necessary) we’ll want the same access to your group’s data/workspace/tools as you have.

This access is removed after the project is finished. We will try to remember this, but sometimes projects drag on with no clear ending (or you want long-term consultation), so you should also pay attention to this. Out of principle (+ policies), we access the data the same as a normal researcher would.

NDAs, intellectual property, etc.

The RSE staff are Aalto employees and are automatically bound to confidentiality, and have signed the same extra confidentiality agreement that Aalto IT system administrators have, and are similarly vetted.

Using our services doesn’t affect your intellectual property right any more than another employee working on the project will. This is service-for-pay, so you get all rights. However, our RSEs expect to be acknowledged according to good scientific practice (see Starting a project with us).