After many years in industry as a software engineer Dr. Jannetta Steyn returned to university to study for a Masters in Bioinformatics followed by a PhD in computational neuroscience. She then joined the Bioinformatics Support Unit of Newcastle University for two and a half years after which she worked as a Senior Research Associate in the School of Computing.

In 2019 she joined the Research Software Engineering Team as a Senior Research Software Engineer. In 2020 she qualified as a Carpentries Instuctor and has since taken the lead in organising and instructing Software Carpentries workshops at the University. In 2021 she also qualified as a Carpentries Instructor Trainer.

Jannetta is a STEM Ambassador and enjoys taking part in outreach activities to make the public aware of the research that is being done at the university.


  • CaprentriesOffline SSI Fellowship 2022 / Software Sustainability Institute

    • Creating an infrastructure, using Raspberry Pi computers, for delivering Carpentries workshops offline.
  • Carpentries Workshops / Research Software Engineering

    2020 - present
    • Organising Carpentries workshops
    • Instructing on workshops
  • Between Gaming and Gambling / Dr James Ash

    • Develop a web based game suitable for mobile and desktop to teach parents and children about the mechanics of lootboxes.
  • WallCap / Hadrian's Wall Community Archeology Project

    • Develop and deploy a web application to be used by volunteers for capturing data about stones that are or were part of Hadrian's wall
  • Learning Machines / Alan Turing Institute

    2019 - present
    • Dockerising of Learning Machines environment
    • Develop REST API in Java to serve data from models to a GUI
  • CESI / School of Engineering

    2019 - 2021
    • Dockerising of MatLab model
    • Visualisation of energy data
  • CEM-DIT / School of Computer Science

    • Development of an application for capturing, visualising and manipulating provenance that can be used by decision makers for emergency management


PhD Computational Neuroscience / Newcastle University

2011 - 2015

Analysis and modelling of the PY complex in the pyloric circuit of the crab stomatogastric ganglion


  • Programming:
    • Java
    • JavaScript
    • Python
    • R
    • MatLab
    • HTML/CSS
    • PHP
    • C/C++
    • Tcl/Tk
  • Software:
    • Git
    • Unix Shell
    • Docker
    • OpenRefine
    • WordPress
    • MongoDB
    • Postgres
  • Topics:
    • Carpentries Instructor
    • Web Design
    • Azure
    • Docker


  • I enjoy:
    • 3D Printing
    • Electronics
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Tae Kwon Do, Karate