Research Associate - ENCASE

University of York - Department of Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual for a Research Associate (RA) position. The position is associated with the Enabling Novel Controls & Advanced Software for Engines (ENCASE) Project. The ENCASE programme will ensure Rolls-Royce Control Systems develop, deliver and demonstrate the new networked architecture with the supporting sub-systems and components to the required maturity to enable delivery of the Rolls-Royce Plc UltraFan™ demonstrator engine programmes. A key objective of the ENCASE programme is therefore to develop a new control systems networked architecture and specific work at York will develop an approach for the assurance of a mixed-criticality control system within this architecture.

Your duties will be to undertake research that fulfils the University of York’s obligations within the ENCASE project. This will include developing methods for analysis of software partitioning mechanisms and for design optimisation. In order for the assurance approach to be effective it must complement the model-based development approach of the project, and provide necessary tooling to support the required complex analysis of the system. You will support the collaboration (with other project partners) of the ENCASE project. This will involve a willingness to travel to project meetings as required.

You will have a PhD in Computer Science and knowledge in Software Engineering. An awareness of high integrity systems engineering including software analysis and assurance is essential, as is an awareness of Model-Based Engineering practice and techniques. You will also have good software development skills. Some experience of software safety assurance and software development is desirable, as is experience of working on industrial projects. You must be able to work effectively in collaboration with industrial partners, as well as other academics, as part of the project team. This full-time post is available immediately and is funded for up to four years.

For information enquiries please contact Dr Richard Hawkins on

The post is available full-time, on a fixed-term contract basis.

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