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Senior Research Officer

University of Essex - School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)

Location: Colchester, Hybrid
Salary: £37,099 to £39,347 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 3rd June 2024
Closes: 30th June 2024
Job Ref: REQ08572
 

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The University of Essex is one of the top research-intensive universities in the UK. The School of CSEE is top-rated and has a long-standing tradition of research into Communications and Networks (COMNET). It was one of the first UK universities to actively research into these areas, back in the Department of Electronic System Engineering (ESE). In the recent Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF’2021), CSEE ranks the 6th in the UK for our research power and the 9th for our research impact (by Grade Point Average).

Duties of the Role

We are seeking to recruit a Senior Research Officer to work on a full-time basis on our 3-year EU SNS project ‘NATWORK: Net-Zero self-adaptive activation of distributed self-resilient augmented services’. The project will combine principles of cybersecurity with cloud orchestration frameworks and machine learning models, to develop novel solutions for decentralised orchestration of secure-by-design cloud-native 6G slices. The research officer will join a team with the responsibility of developing middleware solutions that incorporate optimisation algorithms (including machine learning) for composition and scheduling of 6g slices, adhering to cybersecurity intents. The research will be expected to implement said solutions as a Proof-of-Concept, evaluate it in realistic scenarios and demonstrate it in one of the usecases of the project, Use-Case 1 “Sustainability and reliability of 6G Slices and services”.

Skills and qualifications required

  • A MSc degree with distinction or BSc with first in Computer and Electronic Systems, Computer Science or a closely related discipline or equivalent professional experience or practice.
  • The ability and willingness to complement and enhance the research project/department/school’s education and research strengths and areas of planned development. 
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • An appreciation of the value of appropriate technologies in research and an ability and/or willingness to deploy these when relevant.
  • Strong programming skills in Python, GoLang, R, C++, Java, or similar programming languages.

As part of the process and to be successful you will be required to demonstrate how you your research has been impactful within and beyond the academic sphere, recognising the importance of this and the effect it will have on the University.

The University of Essex is a campus based University and all academic appointments are made with the expectation that you will be present on campus to fulfil the requirements of your position. At the time of a job offer, the possibility of hybrid working, will be discussed and considered on an individual basis, but you will be required to be based within the UK.

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