Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Imaging

University of the West of Scotland – School of Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences

Lanarkshire Campus

Full time, fixed term until February 2025

Starting date: 1st June 2023

The School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences is seeking to recruit Post Doctoral Research Assistant to advance sensors and imaging R&D within the UKRI Strength in Places Project “Digital Dairy Value-Chain for SW Scotland and Cumbria.” UWS is a key partner in this 5-year £21.3 million project along with our academic and industry partners (

The focus of this post is on the design, implementation, integration and evaluation of novel artificial intelligence, imaging, and sensing solutions for the use cases in advanced inspection, measurement, and quality control infrastructure for smart supply chain processes.

The successful applicant:

  • Will have a PhD with post-doctoral experience in imaging technologies, and be proficient in software development and embedded programming for artificial intelligence. The R&D of the new systems will be informed by latest sensing and image classification technology from the ALMADA research group. 
  • The postholder may contribute to other projects wherever required. The work under development will produce prototypes to be demonstrated in operational environments. This role also has responsibility for leading the writing up of deliverables for the project and research papers for publication, assisting in grant applications and supporting other members in the ALMADA team.

About us

UWS was named Higher Educational Institution of the Year in The Herald Higher Education Awards 2022 and is officially ranked by Times Higher Education in the top 600 universities worldwide (2022 World University Rankings) as well as in the top 150 universities worldwide under 50 years old (2022 Young University Rankings).

University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland’s largest and most dynamic modern universities. Our reach across the country, together with our London campus, means that UWS is a significant force in global knowledge creation, innovation, and a leading provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree education. Our degrees provide students with a transformational experience; equipping them with highly sought-after graduate skills that set them up for global success in world-leading sectors, industries and businesses.

With cutting-edge courses, modern pedagogy and practical knowledge, we enable our students and staff to experience the joy of learning, teaching, research and innovation, and apply their knowledge for the benefit of others.

The School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences offers world leading research opportunities that deliver solutions to global challenges. You will join an innovative and supportive team, playing a key role in driving forward our ambition to deliver transformational change, through outputs that have a tangible, early and positive impact on society. Find out more about our School.

We offer our staff a caring and supportive environment, across five campuses, and a competitive benefits package which includes:

  • 24 days of annual leave, plus a further 12 days for public/university holidays
  • 19.3% employer’s pension contribution, including death in service benefits on joining the pension scheme
  • A flexible approach to working pattern and work-life balance
  • Employee discount scheme across 3,500 retailers
  • Fitness facilities across our campuses
  • Access to a range of health and wellbeing resources, including occupational health, physiotherapy and access to our Employee Assistance Programme
  • Professional, career and research development opportunities.

Further information, including details of how to apply are available at

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Dr. James Riordan at

Interview date: Monday 13th March 2023.

The University reserves the right to shorten/extend the closing date of any position where a high/low volume of suitable applications are received. Therefore, if you are interested in this role, an early application would be encouraged.

UWS is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups.

UWS is a “Disability Confident” employer.

University of the West of Scotland is a registered Scottish charity, no. SC002520.