17 Jul

Research Associate Jobs Vacancy at University Edinburgh Edinburgh

Research Associate
University Edinburgh
Edinburgh SCT
17 Jul, 2018 28 days ago

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Research Associate Jobs Vacancy at University Edinburgh Edinburgh Jobs Details:

The School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh invites applications for a Research Associate position to work within Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications (CISA).

This post will provide exceptional candidates with research experience, within the context of a mutually beneficial research collaboration between academic and partner organisations e.g. industry and technology firms. The candidate will benefit from a diversity of experimental approaches with an applied/translational dimension, and from the opportunity to develop a range of valuable blockchain related technical and mathematical skills and significantly enhance their future career; they will also have the opportunity to become a research leader of the future.

The aims of the project are to: (i) to have a holistic view of blockchain performance issues, and to look at the trade-off of security and performance requirements of BFT/Consensus protocol underlying the blockchain, particularly permissioned blockchains; (ii) gain experience in performance engineering of blockchain, data sharing, distributed algorithm parallelisation is a strong plus (iii) adopt multiple objectives optimisation in order to maximise the speed of transactions and minimise the cost of achieving transactions using PBFT, PoW or equivalent.

This position is full-time, available from 1st October 2018 and fixed term for 24 months.

Salary: £32,548 - £38,833 per annum

Informal enquires can be made to Tiejun Ma tiejun.ma@ed.ac.uk

Closing Date: Thursday 16th August 2018 at 5pm (GMT)

1. Job Details

Job title: Research Associate
School: School of Informatics
Line manager: Principal Investigator

2. Job Purpose

Research staff are normally employed to work on a particular project. Occasionally a post holder will work on more than one project. This job description sets out the very general nature of such a post. Specific responsibilities will be determined by the project itself, and the member of staff (Principal Investigator) responsible for that project.

3. Representative Work Activities

In general, to support the Principal Investigator of a specific project in achieving the goals of that project, under her direction.

  • Undertaking a specific role in the research project under supervision.
  • Taking responsibility for some elements of the planned research.
  • Planning and carrying out a work programme appropriate to the research activity.
  • Developing own research portfolio in related areas.
  • Contributing to the writing of research grant applications.
  • Contributing to dissemination and publication of personal and/or the research team’s findings as appropriate.
  • Contribute to learning and teaching through activities such as project supervision, tutoring and marking (limited to no more than 5% on an annualised basis).

4. Planning and organising

The post holder will agree a general plan of research with the Principal Investigator and progress will be monitored at pre-scheduled meetings.

5. Problem Solving

The problems to be faced are purely scientific and the post holder will supply the detailed expertise for delivering a solution. They will be expected to achieve this under instruction by and with advice from the Principal Investigator and other academic and senior research staff.

6. Decision making

The post holder will determine the specific techniques and approaches to be used in the course of the research, in agreement with the Principal Investigator.

7. Key contacts/relationships

The postholder will principally interact with the Principal Investigator and other research staff and research students. More generally, the postholder will discuss the work, and other questions of scientific interest, with other members of the School. The postholder will be expected to represent the University externally, by presenting their work at specialist meetings or workshops in the relevant research area. They may also be required to provide advice and support to research students.

8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job


  • A PhD degree from a leading university in Computer Science/Maths
  • Strong publication records in related fields.
  • Detailed understanding and knowledge of at least two of the following:
  • Computer Science/Computing/Programming Skills/Trusted Execution Environment.
  • Mathematics/Optimization/Operations Research.
  • Distributed Algorithms and particularly Byzantine Fault Tolerance
  • Mixed Integer Programming, Stochastic Modelling/Optimization (e.g. CPLEX).
  • Understanding of Blockchain and practical Blockchain systems (e.g. Hyperledge, Corda)
    • Ability to work independently and manage own academic research and associated activities.
    • Proficient in English, both written and spoken
  • Industry collaboration experience is a plus

9. Dimensions

There are no line management responsibilities associated with this post.

Informal Enquiries

Informal enquires can be made to Tiejun Ma tiejun.ma@ed.ac.uk

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page and submitting an up to date CV.The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The closing date is 5pm (GMT) on Thursday 16th August 2018.

Eligibility to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 and Immigration Act 2016 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).
To do so, the University requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work webpage

If you are from outside the EEA and not currently eligible to work in the UK, there are visa routes that may be available to you, for example:

  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent): If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. This route requires you to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK). However, if you are applying for a senior academic role, e.g. Professor/Reader there is an accelerated route to endorsement. Further information can be found on the UKVI website
  • Tier 2: The University is a UKVI licensed sponsor and is able to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who are offered highly skilled roles and meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa).

Further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes can be found at: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is grade UE07 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our Pensions website.


The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £32,548 to £38,833 per annum for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

The School of Informatics

Informatics is the study of how natural and artificial systems store, process and communicate information. Research in Informatics promises to take information technology to a new level, and to place information at the heart of 21st century science, technology and society.

The University has adopted our vision of the future of Informatics, as a discipline central to a new enlightenment in scholarship and learning, and critical to the future development of science, technology and society.

The School provides a fertile environment for a wide range of studies focused on understanding computation in both artificial and natural systems. The research draws on concepts from computer science, artificial intelligence, linguistics, cognitive science, neuroscience, psychology and biology.

More details about these research activities can be found at http://www.informatics.ed.ac.uk/research

The various institutes in The School of Informatics are housed together under one roof in the modern purpose – built Forum Building on Crichton Street in central Edinburgh.

Informatics is one of seven schools in the College of Science and Engineering, at the University of Edinburgh. It is recognised for the employability of its graduates (demand exceeds supply), its contributions to entrepreneurship, and the excellence of its research. Since the first Research Assessment Exercise in 1986, Informatics at Edinburgh has consistently been assessed to have more internationally excellent and world-class research than any other submission in Computer Science and Informatics. The latest REF 2014 results have again confirmed that ours is the largest concentration of internationally excellent research in the UK.

Working within the School

We aim to ensure that our culture and systems support flexible and family-friendly working and recognise and value diversity across all our staff and students. The School has an active programme offering support and professional development for all staff; providing mentoring, training, and networking opportunities.

The School of Informatics holds a Silver Athena SWAN award, in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education and research.


College of Science and Engineering (http://www.ed.ac.uk/science-engineering)

The College of Science and Engineering (CSE) is one of the largest and highest-ranked science and engineering groupings in the UK. Headed by Professor Dave Robertson, CSE comprises seven Schools (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, GeoSciences, Informatics, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy). Informatics is located in the University’s Central Area near George Square, with the other six 2 miles further south at the King’s Buildings. The College has over 3,000 academic and support staff, and educates some 6,000 undergraduates, over 1000 taught postgraduates and more than 2,000 research students. It is in the front rank of UK university science and engineering groupings for research quality and income, and is a key player in many European and international research collaborations.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

In the 2014 REF over 95% of our staff were submitted. Of our seven submissions, four of which were as a joint research school in combination with a strategic research university partner through pooling, 3 were ranked top in the UK and all 7 were in the top 5 in their discipline in the Times Higher Power rankings.

The University of Edinburgh

For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do.
The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.

As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world's leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 35,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 13,000 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.

As a world-changing, world-leading university, we offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate academic, professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which include generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment, including flexible working and childcare vouchers. See our University Initiatives website for further information.

University Family Friendly Initiatives

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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