Research Fellow

Queen's University Belfast - School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

This post is available immediately until 31 January 2019, to carry out research on energy-efficient servers based on programmable hardware accelerators, as part of the Horizon 2020 project VINEYARD. The successful candidate will be a member of the new Centre for Data Science and Scalable Computing (DSSC), within the Queen’s Global Research Institute on Electronics, Communication and Information Technology (ECIT).

We are seeking a candidate who can pursue cutting edge research on programming models for large-scale data analytics (MapReduce, Spark, Storm) executing on heterogeneous micro-servers with virtualised hardware accelerators. The aim of the project is to realise efficient utilisation of accelerated micro-servers in order to improve data centre-wide energy-efficiency and application-specific performance metrics under the constraint of ease of programming. The research spans across programming languages, middleware, operating systems and virtualisation, and FPGA acceleration.

The candidate will join a vibrant research group of 25 researchers at all career stages, underpinned by a £10m research grant portfolio and a state of the art computing systems research facility.

Queen’s is ranked in the top one per cent of Universities worldwide and is placed first in the UK for intellectual property commercialisation. We are dedicated to achieving excellence in research and innovation and to driving forward initiatives which have a positive impact on society. Queen’s is also a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities. The School of EEECS is ranked among the top 100 in the world.

With its global outlook, Belfast is a vibrant city with a fast-growing economy and significant international investment. It is one of Europe’s most friendly and fashionable regional capitals. With the lowest cost of living in the UK ( 2014), Belfast offers a variety of cultural, sporting, educational and social opportunities.

Queen’s is well established as a leading university for promoting good employment practice, offering excellent terms and conditions, a substantial starting package, a wide range of benefits and facilities, and a family friendly working environment. The School of EEECS holds an Investors in People accreditation, a Health and Wellbeing Good Practice Award and a Silver Athena SWAN Award.

Further information about the School can be obtained at

Informal enquires may be directed to Professor Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos, Head of School of EEECS, 

Anticipated interview date: week commencing 9 January 2017

Apply online at For further information or assistance contact the Personnel Department, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. It therefore welcomes applications from all sections of society and particularly welcomes applications from women as females are underrepresented within this area.

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.

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