Research Associate in Networked Systems

University College London - Electronic & Electrical Engineering

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £34,635 - £41,864 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

As part of our work within a number of EPSRC- and EU funded projects, the UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering Communications & Information Systems Group invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in Networked Systems.

Cloud computing has contributed much to the development of the Internet over the past twenty years or so. However, new applications in the area of IoT, but not only, are pushing the limits of cloud computing to the point where computing at far-away data-centres cannot cope with application requirements. Emerging trends in computing, communications and networking move towards distributed cloud computing and mobile edge- or fog-computing. According to these trends, computation moves closer to the edge of the network (hence from cloud to fog) in distributed computation spots to serve newly emerging applications with strict response deadlines. The challenges pertaining to this move defy some of the most fundamental operations taking place in the Internet infrastructure today.

Our current projects focus on a multitude of topics that involve innovative approaches to Edge-/Fog- and Distributed Cloud Computing, Content-Oriented and Information-Centric Networking architectures, Network Function Virtualisation and Software-Defined Networks. We aim to design and develop a communication and information infrastructure for both mobile, opportunistic communication environments, but also for fixed, edge-/fog-computing networks including machine-to-machine communications for the Internet of Things.

We are looking for a talented and experienced postdoctoral researcher to join our team and help us fulfil the projects’ goals, producing quality research, design, development and implementation work and publishing high quality research papers.

The successful candidates will work within an established research team in the Communications and Information Systems Group led by Dr Ioannis Psaras and Prof. George Pavlou.

The position is available from June 2018  for 1 year full time in the first instance, further funding to support the posts may be available.

Applicants are required to have a PhD (or be about to submit) in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering or a related field. They also need to have knowledge and / or hands on experience in one or more of the following areas: 

  • edge-/fog-computing

  • distributed cloud infrastructures and applications
  • content-oriented architectures
  • Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) and / or Software-Defined Networks (SDN)
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Information-Centric Networking (ICN)
  • blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT)
  • opportunistic networks
  • resource management, routing and congestion control. Algorithm design skills are essential as is a good publication record in the field.

If the successful candidate has not yet been awarded their PhD, appointment will be made as a Research Assistant. Payment at Grade 7 will be backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis including corrections, once the PhD has been awarded. Research Assistant: Grade 6, point 24-26. Salary range £30,316 to £31,967 (inc. London Allowance of £3,031 per annum).

UCL vacancy reference: 1720430        

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

Interested applicants are encouraged to make informal enquiries about the posts to Dr Ioannis Psaras ( ) and Prof. George Pavlou ( ) Questions regarding the application process can be sent to Vicky Coombes at

Closing Date: 11th of May 2018
Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59 

Interview Date: TBC

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