Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier University

Research Assistant – Full Time, Fixed Term (30 months)

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Research Assistant – Full Time, Fixed Term (30 months)

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£29,605-£36,024 per annum


Excellent Benefits Package

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Further your Research career with Edinburgh Napier University

We are currently looking for a Research Assistant to join our School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment (SCEBE) on a full-time, fixed-term (30 months ) basis to work on the Swarmchestrate - Application-level Swarm-based Orchestration Across the Cloud-to-Things Continuum project.

You'll have the opportunity to work on a recently started EU project called: Swarmchestrate - Application-level Swarm-based Orchestration Across the Cloud- to-Things Continuum. Swarmchestrate project aims to develop a novel orchestration solution to facilitate the automated deployment and runtime management of Cloud-to-Edge-based applications. The development of the Swarmchestrate solution follows the philosophy of a distributed system while utilising a modern set of technologies such as swarm and distributed intelligence, optimisation, Blockchain, trust mechanisms such as Self- Sovereign Identities (SIS) and Distributed Identifiers (DID).

The overall goal is the development of an application-level orchestrator to support the automated deployment of microservices-based applications and their management in the Cloud-to-Edge ecosystem. The post is part of a joint Horizon Europe research project, supported by the UK Research and Innovation as part of the Horizon Europe scheme guarantee.

This is an excellent opportunity to work with experienced professionals and researchers from all over the world to build relationships, exchange ideas, and work on an exciting research project to enable you to learn, develop and grow professionally.

About the School

SCEBE have over 200 academics, and 3,100 campus-based students, and delivers programmes with professional accreditations from the British Computer Society, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, The Chartered Institute of Building and other accreditation bodies. We have excellent computing, engineering, and construction lab facilities.

The latest UK national research assessment, REF 2021, places our Computer Science research in the top 30 in the whole UK and 3rd best in Scotland (both in power ranking). In terms of research impact, 100% of our work achieved the highest rating (4), a performance achieved only by six other universities in the whole UK. According to the REF 2021 Edinburgh Napier University is the top-ranking Scottish modern university for both research power and research impact.

The University's improved research power rating will now see our research funding increase as we take significant strides to grow our reputation as a research-focused institution as well as a teaching one. We are confident that we are well on our way to establishing ourselves as one of the UK's world- leading universities in research.

Who are we looking for?

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A PhD in a relevant research area such as distributed computing, cloud/edge systems, or relevant computational resource management area, or equivalent demonstrable research experience in a relevant area.
  • Demonstratable experience in conducting research in the field of Cloud/edge computing and distributed systems.
  • Demonstratable experience and or/good knowledge of orchestration systems, auto-scaling, and automated resource and application management in the cloud/edge ecosystems.
  • A strong publication track record demonstrating the ability to write up research work for high-profile publications.
  • Excellent skills in experimental design, experimental practice, and rigorous data analysis.
  • Excellent programming skills (preferably in Python, and Java).
  • Experience in carrying out both independent and collaborative research.
  • Experience and knowledge of using cloud middleware (e.g. OpenStack), Kubernetes, and containers.
  • Excellent Latex/Overleaf skills.
  • Excellent organisation, prioritisation, and time management skills, with a flexible approach to working.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to engage effectively with a wide-ranging audience using a range of media.
  • Proven ability to generate and implement new ideas.
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team to deliver research.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • To view the full job description, click here.

    Benefits we offer

    Salary: £29,605 - £36,024 per annum (Grade 4)

    Join us and you will find that we offer support and recognition wherever due, as well as fantastic benefits such as an attractive pension with employer contributions of up to 26% and a minimum of 41 days holiday.

    For more information about our wide range of benefits, click here.

    Additional Information

    For informal discussions about this position, please contact Dr Amjad Ullah ([email protected]).

    For general enquiries, please get in touch with the Recruitment team ([email protected]).

  • Closing Date: Tuesday 21 May at 11:59pm
  • Interview Date: w/c 3 June
  • The University may be able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. This will depend on several factors specific to the successful applicant. Check the salary criteria for the visa on https: // www. gov.uk/skilled-worker-visa . Contact us to discuss individual circumstances on [email protected] .

    If successful, the University will determine the appropriate visa route.

    Edinburgh Napier is committed to creating an environment where everyone feels proud, confident, challenged and supported and are holders of Disability Confident, Carer Positive and Stonewall Diversity Champion status. For information see here .

    Job details


    Research Assistant – Full Time, Fixed Term (30 months)


    Edinburgh Napier University


    United Kingdom


    May 08, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 21, 2024

    Job type



    Computer Science,Engineering

    About the employer

    Established in 1964, the Edinburgh Napier University is a publically-owned institution for higher education in Edinburgh, Scotland. Founded as Napier Technical College, the institution started operating with 800 students enrolled for courses like cabinet making, chemistry, engineering, and boat building.

    It was granted the university status in the year 1992 as Napier University. Institution's name was changed four times before it finally adopted the current title in 2009. Named after John Napier, the designer of the decimal point and logarithms, the university is affiliated to MillionPlus.

    The university has three campuses: Sighthill, Merchiston, and Craiglockhart. The Sighthill Campus serves more than 5,000 students and staff of the Schools of Applied Sciences and Health & Social Care. Facilities include life-like hospital wards, a clinical skills suite, sports science labs and [EN]GAGE sports center. The Craiglockhart Campus houses the law and business schools and buildings of Craiglockhart Hydropathic Hospital. It also incorporates an extensive library, two lecture auditoria, language, and multimedia labs.

    University's third campus in Merchiston is home to the Schools of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment, Arts and Creative Industries. It also includes a 500-seater Computing Centre, a computer games lab, a newsroom, TV and radio studios, and State-of-the-art music studios. The university library renders a wealth of printed and digital resources for teaching, learning, and research. The residences are close to entertainment hubs, shopping complexes, and recreational centers. Also, they are well-connected to university campuses via public transport.

    The university has nearly 19,500 students studying with Edinburgh Napier across our three campuses in Edinburgh and through transnational education overseas. There are around 3,500 international students from 140 countries at the university. The academic structure of the university is divided into six specialist schools and Institutes of Research and Innovation. The university offers a plethora of programs in accounting, education, law, arts, applied sciences, engineering, business, tourism, management, health, social service, and computer science. It also extends a range of courses in creative studies such as graphic design, music, communication, publishing, filming, acting, and product design. Students can pursue different degree programs on-campus or online.

    Edinburgh Napier has academic partnerships with several universities in China, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and other countries of the world. These partnerships facilitate students and faculty exchange programs for enhanced learning and international exposure.

    The university maintains a comprehensive list of its alumni and takes pride in honoring their accomplishments. Notable names in the list are Shehzad Afzal (Screenwriter and Film Director), Alan Fisher (Al Jazeera's Senior Correspondent), Neil McIntosh (BBC Online's Managing Editor), Jim White (News Presenter), Kaberi Gain (Author), Jamie Mayer (Former Rugby Player), Jayne Baxter (Scottish Politician), Neil Poulton (Scottish Industrial Designer), Moray Callum (Automobile Designer), Tavish Scott (Scottish Politician), Kyle Traynor (Scottish Rugby Player), Catriona Shearer (Journalist), Amanda Hamilton (Entrepreneur and Broadcaster), Alex Salmond (Scottish Politician), El Mafrex ( Lyricist and Singer) and David Hamilton (Australian Tenor).

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