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Post-Doctoral Research Associate

The Open University - Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Location: Milton Keynes
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 1st September 2021
Closes: 29th September 2021
Job Ref: 18552

Location: Milton Keynes

Terms: Fixed Term for 2 years, full time.  Job share and home working would be considered but must be willing to travel to Milton Keynes as required.

Closing Date: 29 September, 2021 – 12:00

Change your career, change lives

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

The role

The position is part of the EDBL project (Empirical Data-Driven Bug Localisation in Software Development) in the School of Computing and Communications. The project is funded by Huawei and will have the input of Huawei developers.

Identifying the locations of faults in software is a time consuming and expensive but critical activity.

We have developed an approach ( that uses information retrieval to suggest with high accuracy which files may need to be fixed for a given bug report. The approach was only evaluated on Java and Groovy code. This position involves research to further improve the accuracy of the approach, adapt it for C/C++ code, and evaluate the new approach.

We are seeking a Research Associate with a PhD in Computing or related subject, experience in quantitative and qualitative research, strong programming ability, good oral and written communication skills, and the ability to understand users’ needs and concerns, in order to:

  1. Design, implement and document software that supports fault localisation for C and C++.
  2. Develop research hypotheses and translate them into concrete software designs and evaluations.
  3. Support the deployment of the software for field trials.
  4. Evaluate the approach quantitatively (accuracy) and qualitatively (fitness for purpose).
  5. Lead the writing of project reports and research papers.

More details are in the job description and person specification. If you have any questions regarding the role, please contact Professor Helen Sharp (

What you get in return

We have a strong commitment to providing training and development in and beyond your current role. This includes thorough induction into the organisation and regular reviews of your training and development needs. 

We also offer a great range of benefits that support our employees and their families for the long term. Benefits include an attractive pension proposition and 33 days holiday per annum pro rata, plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days.  An opportunity to work on cutting edge research with world-leading international research teams and organisations.

How to apply

For further information on how to apply please visit the posting on the OU Jobs page:

Post-Doctoral Research Associate | Employment (

Closing date:  12:00 noon 29 September 2021.

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