Research Engineering team

Connecting Research and IT at Utrecht University

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Our goal is to increase research impact through advanced digital technologies. To achieve this, we work together with UU researchers to develop innovative research software and help build digital skills in academia.

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About us

Our mission

Researchers of all domains increasingly require the use of digital technologies in their work. Our team caters to this need by collaborating with researchers in projects and consulting them on research IT matters. By doing so, we act as a knowledge hub where expertise gained in temporary projects are safeguarded and used for cross-pollination across domains. At the same time, we provide a collaborative community for researchers and IT staff at Utrecht University.

Our mission is to help researchers increase the impact of their work.

Who we are

We are a diverse team of Research Engineers with combined experience in software engineering and academic research. Our engineers have backgrounds in i.a. computer science, data science, physics, Earth and environmental sciences.

Our skills and expertise include:

Meet our team:

What we do

We support UU researchers of all domains in various stages of their research; from social sciences to natural sciences, from students to professors, from planning to execution.

Our core activities are:

We can help you with, for example:

How we work

We provide consultancy and engineering in research projects in various formats:

We believe that collaboration leads to better science and more impact. We work collaboratively and iteratively, since we depend on the researcher’s domain expertise to steer the project. Furthermore, a close collaboration enables researchers to build digital skills and thereby empowering them in their work. We therefore expect researchers to be committed to regular meetings for the duration of the project. With our knowledge of technology and methodology, we make valuable contributions to scientific projects. Our engineers regularly co-author scientific papers, presentations and proposals.

Due to our limited capacity, support in your project cannot be guaranteed. Our aim is to help researchers throughout Utrecht University and to keep innovating as a team, so we select our projects accordingly. We give priority to projects that align with the Utrecht University mission and vision to work towards a better world through Open Science.

This flowchart shows how we handle a request for support: