Newsletter – May 2020


This is our first newsletter and it’s great to have you on board with this exciting new project, created to serve the needs of microbiologists—to help you collaborate with colleagues, share data, find pre-installed software and get help from our team and community.


We are delighted that UKRI has agreed to fund CLIMB-BIG-DATA. With >1,000 active users and >4,500 VMs fired up over the past few years, CLIMB has given us the expertise and infrastructure to build this ambitious follow-on project around your needs. 

Our contribution to COG-UK consortium

CLIMB-BIG-DATA is providing computing support to the UK’s SARS-Cov-2 genome sequencing efforts, co-ordinated by the COG-UK Consortium, which involves CLIMB-BIG-DATA  partners in Norwich, Birmingham and Cardiff.

COG-UK data is stored and released through our CLIMB-BIG-DATA infrastructure:

Research Software Engineer

Our team is growing and it’s a pleasure to introduce Anna Price, our Research Software Engineer in Cardiff. Anna received an MPhys in Theoretical Physics at Swansea in 2013 and obtained her PhD on Nanowire Field Effect Transistors at Swansea University in 2017. For over two years, she has been working as a Research Software Engineer in Cardiff’s School of Biosciences.

We are hiring!

We will soon be hiring:

  • a Research Software Engineer in Birmingham
  • a Cloud Computing Manager in Warwick 
  • a Cloud Computing Manager in Cardiff. 

We will share the job adverts on Twitter (@MRCClimb) and on the News section of our Website. Please spread the word!

For informal enquiries, email

Please share your success stories

If you have used our CLIMB-BIG-DATA infrastructure to generate successful research outputs, we would be delighted to share your great news on our website and social media.
Please email our Project Manager or tag us on Twitter (@MRCClimb)  and we’ll celebrate your success on our channels.

Stay secure!

Hacking attacks on UK computing infrastructure are on the increase, including sites supporting COVID-19 efforts. Please use only strong passwords and be vigilant for unusual activity on your VMs.
Please email us with any concerns:

See you next month!

You will receive this newsletter once a month, see you on the 30th of June!


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