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Research Associate

Manchester Metropolitan University - School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology

Location: Manchester
Salary: £30,395 to £34,189 Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th March 2019
Closes: 24th April 2019
Job Ref: eArcu-1353

The School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology is a large and successful unit in MMU’s Faculty of Science and Engineering. It is committed to achieving high quality teaching, research and enterprise. The School has a long track record of securing grants from research councils, EU and government backed bodies like Innovate UK, and made a significant contribution to the University's REF2014 submission. The School works closely with employers, particularly in the region’s vibrant digital sector, on funded projects.

The Centre for Advanced Computational Science (CfACS) conducts world‐leading theoretical and applied research in computer science, distributed across four main themes:

  • Machine Intelligence
  • Data Science
  • Smart Infrastructure
  • Human‐Centred Computing

We currently have 13 core academic members and 18 associate members.

The candidate will join the team working in the Smart Infrastructure research theme which comprises the sub‐topics of Cyber Security, Internet of Things and Smart Cities and concerns the development of tools and methodologies to address challenges in cyber‐security, privacy and computer forensics, intelligent transport, connected healthcare, and smart manufacturing (Industry 4.0).

We are looking for an enthusiastic researcher to accelerate our research on the integration of Blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, and their application to tracking and tracing of high-value products across the supply chain. The associate will conduct field trials with a partner manufacturer and its supply chain members to test our designed system and its underpinning technologies.

The person we appoint will be responsible for the management of a pre-defined research project as directed by the project coordinator. He/she will work as part of a team reporting to Dr Mohammad Hammoudeh.

You should have a PhD degree in Computer Science or a closely related area. You will have research experience in the field of Internet of Things (IoT) and/or applied cryptography with specialist knowledge in blockchain. In addition, you should have good experience in prototyping IoT applications using various hardware and software platforms. Familiarity with supply chain processes is highly desirable. Experience in field trials will be an advantage. Having knowledge and skills in software development and version control are desirable and advantageous. Good interpersonal skills appropriate to collaborations, both internally and externally, are also important. Informal enquiries are welcome by contacting Dr Mohammad Hammoudeh at

To apply: Please attach your CV and covering letter to the online portal detailing how you meet the person specification.

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