Research Assistant in Application Development Platform

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

UWS has been awarded with a flagship EU project “INCODE: Programming platform for intelligent collaborative deployments over heterogeneous edge-IoT environments” (see for more details). INCODE envisions an advanced programming platform for intelligent collaborative deployments over heterogeneous edge-IoT environments. It targets to achieve an open platform for the deployment and dynamic management of end user applications, over distributed, heterogeneous and trusted IoT-Edge node infrastructures, with enhanced programmability features and tools at both the network infrastructure level and the service design and operational level.

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant post to work with this major European consortium. As part of a strong R&D team at UWS, the holder of this post will contribute to the design, implementation, validation, integration and evaluation of an Internal Developer Platform (IDP) to facilitate the development, deployment and management of decentralised intelligence applications on edge connected nodes in Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile networks in the EU INCODE project.

The successful candidate should have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent including PhD students in Software Engineering, Computer Science, Networks, Telecommunications, or related areas
  • Experience of developing multi-module software projects, and integrating different components together
  • Experience in DevOps such as Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Development (CD) methodology, and infrastructure as a code
  • Experience in developing practical solutions to real-world use cases
  • Experience in system definition and integration
  • Proficiency of computer programming languages such as Java, Python, C, C++, etc.
  • Experience of making oral presentations at conferences, workshops, and meetings
  • Programming skills
  • Team-working skills
  • Communication skills
  • Good knowledge in GitHub, GitLab or similar platforms
  • Good knowledge in agile software development
  • Good knowledge in IoT/wireless/mobile networking


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 & Physical Sciences offers industry-focussed teaching and research opportunities that deliver solutions to real-world problems. 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 across the globe. Our students benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, extensive expertise in research and development, and our robust collaborations with multinational companies across the world. Find out more about our School of Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences.

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

  • 35 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
  • Free gym membership
  • 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

Closing date: Sunday 26th March 2023

Interview date: To be confirmed

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.