Senior Research Associate in Computer Science: Protocols and Norms for Decentralized Sociotechnical Systems

Lancaster University - School of Computing and Communications

Salary:   £33,518 to £38,832
Closing Date:   Sunday 08 April 2018
Interview Date:   Thursday 19 April 2018
Reference:  A2137-R

A Senior Research Associate (postdoctoral) position is available to undertake exciting and ambitious research in the area of engineering decentralized sociotechnical systems. The position is linked to a five-year EPSRC-funded project.

This project involves the following broad themes of research.

  • Interaction protocols: Languages, methodologies, and tools for specifying and enacting interaction protocols between autonomous parties.
  • Norms: Languages, methodologies, and tools for specifying, enacting, and monitoring norms, e.g., commitments between parties.
  • Technology: Applying the foregoing in current technical themes such as IoT, cybersecurity, and blockchain.
  • Applications: Applying the science in vital areas such as digital manufacturing, healthcare, and smart cities.

The candidate will also be expected to write and submit high-quality research papers on the foregoing themes, disseminate research results by giving talks and tutorials at conferences and other institutions, assist with preparing grant proposals, and undertake other research activities as needed. Please see Job Description for more details.

A PhD or equivalent degree in computer science or a closely-related field is required to be eligible for this position. The ideal applicant will have a track record of high-quality publications in areas of relevance to the project and the willingness to undertake ambitious and challenging research.For more details, please see the detailed Person Specification for this position.

The position will be under the supervision of Dr Amit Chopra, who is a senior lecturer in the School. Applicants are encouraged to take a look at Dr Chopra’s recent publications to get an idea of the potential themes and techniques involved in this project. 

We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

The position is for 24 months and is available to start on 1 May 2018.

Interested candidates should contact Dr Amit Chopra for informal inquiries (

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