Research Fellow in Network Systems

University of Southampton - Southampton Business School - Department of Decision Analytics & Risk (DARR)

Department of Decision Analytics & Risk (DARR) at the University of Southampton ( offers an exciting opportunity to work on a research project collaborated with one of world largest Telecom companies. The position offers an exciting opportunity for conducting internationally leading and impactful research, which aims to solve a real-world optimisation problem and concerning the effective resilient algorithms of software-defined networks (SDN). The research fellow will work on design and testing fault tolerant algorithms for software defined network (SDN). The project will involve setup a software define network testbed (e.g. open-flow or equivalent virtualized cloud system), design and implement scalable fault tolerant algorithms with quality of service awareness. You will be employed by the University of Southampton on a 15 month fixed term contract, but with possible extension with future projects with the industry partner. You will receive training within Centre of Excellence for Decision Analytics & Risk Research, and have opportunities to visit the global headquarters of the industry partner to represent your research output. 

The candidate

You should also have quantitative experience, including a proven publication track record, in one or more of the following areas: fault tolerant systems, distributed systems, cloud computing, virtualised systems, network systems, quality of service aware systems, computer simulation. You should have a PhD (or equivalent experience and/or qualifications) in computer science, software engineering, electronic engineering, applied mathematics or a related industry areas. Applications will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon completion of PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

You must have excellent communication skills and be able to organise your own work and prioritise work to meet conference and project deadlines. All applicants must be fluent in spoken and written English. Evidence of satisfactory knowledge in computer programming/simulation (MATLAB or C/C++, JAVA), SDN/NFV (e.g. openflow), fault tolerant algorithms and quality of services would be an advantage. Previous experience of telecom, network and reliability industry, through direct former employment or student placement or previous post-Doctoral position, would be helpful. Ideally you will have some knowledge of fault tolerant algorithms, network testbed setup/deployment, network level programming related to SDN/NFV or quantitative quality of service evaluation would be advantageous. You will be a logical thinker, a good communicator with the ability to understand and solve complex problems and to work to deadlines and high quality standards. Other skills required include: ability to write academic reports, good presentational skills, and good time management.

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed application form online at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. References are requested along with your application, so please allow time for these to be received prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting. If you need any assistance, please call Geraldine Lewis (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507.Please quote vacancy reference number 740916F1-R on all correspondence.

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