Axel Loewe and Gunnar Seeman in Karlsruhe and Freiburg, respectively, seek two candidates to develop a sustainable open source electrophysiology simulator with a strong focus on usability. The positions are for a qualified Post-Doc (in Freiburg) and a PhD candidate (Karlsruhe) to develop this code together with experts in software lifecycle management.
In the proposed SuLMaSS project, we will advance, develop, build, evaluate, and test infrastructure for sustainable lifecycle management of scientific software. The infrastructure will be tested and evaluated by the existing cardiac electrophysiology simulation software project acCELLerate, which is currently in the prototype state and will be advanced towards optimal usability and a large and active user community. Thus, we will design and implement application-oriented e-research technologies. The impact of the SuLMaSS project is threefold: First, we are going to provide a high quality, user-friendly cardiac electrophysiology simulation software package that accommodates attestable needs of the scientific community. Second, we will deliver infrastructure components for testing, safe-keeping, referencing, and versioning of all phases of the lifecycle of scientific software, which has been advanced, evaluated, and thoroughly tested by acCELLerate during SuLMaSS. Third, the way software lifecycle management will be performed for acCELLerate during SuLMaSS will be documented and disseminated and will serve as a best practice example for sustainable scientific software also for other communities. Scientific software development in Germany and beyond will benefit through both the aforementioned best practice role model and the advanced infrastructure that will, in part, be available for external projects as well. Particularly, we are going to advance acCELLerate based on a detailed user needs analysis and a target performance comparison. Achieving the targets, we will extend the unique proposition of the software and hence add value for the wider scientific cardiac electrophysiology community. By making the user-friendly software available under an open source license, we will provide the optimal solution for a large share of the people and research groups that can potentially leverage computational cardiac modeling methods. Synchronously, we will explore, evaluate and establish an institutional infrastructure that provides the basis for sustainable research software development, testing, supply, usage, maintenance, and support. acCELLerate will drive and showcase the infrastructure formation, thus serving as a lighthouse project. The developed infrastructure can be used by other scientific software projects in the future based on the best practice example acCELLerate demonstrated within SuLMaSS. SuLMaSS aims to support the full research lifecycle from exploration through conclusive analysis and publication, to archival, and sharing of data and source code, thus increasing the quality of research results. Moreover, we will support the full lifecycle of research software from requirements management and architecture design through community-based collaborative development and advancement, to testing, archival, change management, continuous integration, dissemination, and user documentation, thus improving sustainability of research software.