Research Associate/Research Fellow in the Advanced Processor Technologies Group

The University of Manchester - School of Computer Science

Closing Date : 14/12/2016.
Employment Type : Fixed Term.
Duration : Immediate start until 31 March 2018.
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering.
School/Directorate : School of Computer Science.
Division : 
Hours Per week : Full time.
Salary : Grade 6 £31,076 to £38,183 per annum according to relevant experience and qualifications and Grade 7 £39,324 to £48,327 per annum.
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester.
Job Reference : S&E-09184.

Applications are invited for a Research Associate/Fellow on the SpiNNaker project. The SpiNNaker architecture is optimised to support the simulation of simple (point-like) neurons and their connections (or synapses). This architecture now has a world-wide user base, drawn to a reliable and flexible platform for real-time neural network simulation; this community is comprised of both traditional computational neuroscientists and also scientists and engineers from application areas such as robotics.

You will join the SpiNNaker team, part of the Advanced Processor Technologies (APT) group within the School of Computer Science at Manchester. The APT group is a world-leading research centre, continuing the long and distinguished record of the University of Manchester in the field of Computer Architecture. This record includes the development of the world's first stored program computer, the invention of virtual memory and the building of the first practical Dataflow computer. The group's high international research profile has attracted a great deal of UK and EU funding and resulted in significant industrial collaboration. The APT staff have significant expertise in computer architecture, system software and neuromorphic engineering, which is demonstrated by its extensive industrial impact (e.g. the ICL Goldrush Database server, Amulet processors for ARM Ltd., and Transitive Corporation, now IBM Manchester, and Silistix Ltd. spin offs).

We are seeking a motivated researcher with knowledge of one or more aspects of VLSI chip design for many-core systems-on-chip. For example, RTL design in Verilog or VHDL, network-on-chip (NoC) design, microprocessor architecture design, ARM system-on-chip design, simulation in Verilog or VHDL, FPGA prototyping of system-on-chip designs.

It is essential that you possess proven research ability, a PhD or other equivalent experience. For the Research Fellow position, post-doctoral experience (or equivalent) is expected.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  •  Experience with the SpiNNaker platform
  • Experience of embedded software development and C programming
  • Experience with ARM processors
  • Experience with FPGAs for emulation

Research Fellow Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience

To be considered for employment in the position of Research Fellow, the applicant must satisfy the Essential requirements for the position of Research Associate and in addition you should have a PhD, or equivalent, and significant post-doctoral experience in computer science or a related discipline, or equivalent industrial design experience, in one or more of the following areas:

  • RTL design for system-on-chip or network-on-chip
  • Simulation/validation of processor-based VLSI designs

The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Steve Furber, ICL Professor of Computer Engineering


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Further particulars including job description and person specification are available on the University of Manchester website - click on the 'Apply' button below to find out more.

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