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Research Fellow in Edge or Fog Computing (36 months)

Queen's University Belfast - School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS) and the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) at Queen’s University Belfast are setting up an Edge Computing Hub that is funded by Rakuten Mobile, Japan.

Watch a short video on the Edge Computing Hub and its vision: 

Edge computing is a novel paradigm that will make the expansion of devices and sensors in the Internet-of-Things era sustainable. The vision is to harness computing across resources from conventional cloud data centres towards the edge of the network on telco edge platforms and micro clouds. Running applications across both the cloud and the edge will make them more responsive, thereby improving the overall Quality-of-Service.

Multiple challenges need to be addressed for making edge computing practical. Some of these include, delivering edge resource services seamlessly and securely when faced with a large volume of heterogeneous resources, and managing end-to-end activities of edge applications that are massively distributed.

Applications are invited from future leaders of any nationality to join our vibrant and multi-cultural team as a Research Fellow for addressing any relevant challenges and leading the activities of the Hub.

The successful candidate will have substantial opportunities to build their career, including training in innovation, commercialisation and soft skills, travelling to research conferences, and internships with Rakuten Mobile in Japan.

The post is full time for 36 months.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A Degree in Computer Science (or related discipline)
  • Or be about to obtain a relevant PhD
  • Proven relevant research experience in parallel and distributed systems, including Cloud and Fog/Edge computing
  • A strong publication record commensurate with career stage and experience

Queen’s University Belfast is a driver of innovation based on our talented, multinational workforce. Throughout the University, our academics are collaborating across disciplines to develop new discoveries and insights, working with outside agencies and institutions on projects of international significance. We are connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world, helping us to expand our impact on wider society locally, nationally and globally. The University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing the best global talent within an environment that enables them to realise their full potential.

The School of EEECS is committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity and to creating and sustaining an environment that values and celebrates the diversity of its staff and student body. In particular, the School is committed to supporting the career progression of women in science, engineering and technology (SET) in line with the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter.  We are ranked 1st in the UK for knowledge transfer partnerships, (Innovate UK) 9th in the UK for University facilities (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018) and 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

Further information about the School can be found at –

Further information about the Principal Investigator can be found here:

Closing date:              Tuesday 30th June 2020

Anticipated interview date: TBC

For full job details and criteria, please see the Candidate Information link on our website by clicking ‘apply’. You must clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria when you submit your application.

You must provide: (i) A covering letter highlighting how you match the person specification. (ii) A CV, including educational background, projects developed or contributed to with links to software repositories, technical and non-technical skills, list of publications and presentations, and any other relevant items. (iii) A research proposal of no longer than two sides of an A4 sheet of paper that includes a potential title, objectives, methodology, expected outputs (software/publication plans), your experience in the proposed area, ways in which you will contribute to activities of the Edge Computing Hub. A generic proposal will be ineligible. (ii) Sample written work, such as your best journal/conference paper stating in the covering letter why you chose it.

For further information please contact Resourcing Team, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. We welcome applications from all sections of society and particularly from people with a disability. 

Fixed-term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but, in particular circumstances, may be renewed or made permanent, subject to availability of funding.

Location: Belfast
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 2nd March 2020
Closes: 30th June 2020
Job Ref: 20/108170
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