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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in Computer Science: The Human Dimension to Automatic Software Repair (Fixie Project)

Lancaster University - School of Computing and Communications

Location: Lancaster
Salary: £28,331 to £40,322
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st August 2019
Closes: 19th September 2019
Job Ref: A2712-R

The aim of the fixie project overall is to develop new approaches to the automatic repair of software using genetic improvement. However, the aim of this project is to investigate the human factors related to developers’ attitudes to this new technology. The knowledge gained about developer attitudes will then be used to ensure that the Fixie project develops approaches and tools for developers that are acceptable, useful and habitually used.

You must have previous experience of investigating human factors using quantitative and qualitative research methods. Ideally this experience will be in the context of software engineering, though this context is not essential. In collaboration with other project team members you will need to design suitable empirical studies, run these studies and analyse the results collected. These studies will run at collaborating companies, most of which are located in London, so some travel is essential in this role.

You will be expected to write and submit high-quality research papers, 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.

This position is available at either a Grade 6 level for which a PhD desirable or a Grade 7 level for which a PhD is essential. The ideal applicant will have a track record, appropriate to stage in career, 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. David Bowes, who is Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering in the School.

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 fixed term for a maximum of 24 months until 31 October 2021.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. David Bowes for informal inquiries (

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