University of York

University of York

Research Software Engineer

United Kingdom

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Research Software Engineer


Computer Science


£36,024- £37,099 per year


Grade 6

Contract status

Fixed term

Hours of work


Based at

University of York campus (with some remote working options available)

Interview date

To be confirmed

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  • Job Description 13107.pdf (PDF, 161.76kb)
  • Role Description Department

    The Computer Science department at the University of York enjoys a distinguished reputation in the fields of teaching, research, and industry engagement. It has a proven track record of success in research, as demonstrated by its impressive 11th and 12th rankings in the UK for Computer Science in the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) and the Complete University Guide 2023, respectively.

    The department co-leads the EPSRC funded Communications Hub for empowering distributed cloud computing applications and research and collaborates closely on many projects with the School of Physics, Engineering, and Technology. The School of Physics, Engineering, and Technology has recently secured very substantial funding for several wireless communications projects focussing on Open RAN for next generation radio access networks. YO-RAN, a £7.3M collaborative project led by York, has recently started funding by the UK Government, Department of Digital, Science Innovation and Technology as part of its Future Open Networks Research Challenge. Alongside YO-RAN a new, York- led £5.1M project has recently been awarded on O-RAN funded by the UK Government.


    To support ongoing research projects, the Department is seeking Research Software Engineers (RSE). The RSE will focus on open networking and the development of the RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC), encompassing the creation of xApps and rApps and the exploration of security requirements. In this role, active participation in an Open RAN research project is anticipated, with an additional expectation to contribute to scientific publications and demonstrations. Support will be provided by the investigators and senior members of the team, fostering close collaboration with industry partners.

    Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

    You will have:

  • A first degree in Electronic Engineering, Communication Engineering, Computer Science, or other similar disciplines or equivalent experience

  • Knowledge in wireless communications and of a range of research techniques and methodologies

  • Research expertise in an area that will complement and enhance the department's research strategy and goals

  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of current software engineering practices for example version control and testing;

  • Proven experience in software development in multiple languages. In particular at least one of Python, Matlab, Java, and/or C++

  • Knowledge of appropriate 3GPP and/or O-RAN standards, modern and open networking technologies e.g. SDN, NFV, OpenFlow, Open-RAN are desirable

  • Knowledge of high-density deployments in wireless communications, including use of small-cell, beamforming, mMIMO and CF-mMIMO, along with the RAN Intelligent Controller and development of xApps and rApps are also desirable

  • A PhD or Master degree or equivalent experience in wireless communications, networking, computer science, electronic engineering, or similar disciplines or equivalent experience; background in a computational field (such as Mathematics, Computer Science, or Engineering); and research expertise in the area of wireless communication and networking, 5G and beyond are also desirable

  • The role will be on a fixed term contract for up to 12 months.

    Interview date: To be confirmed

    For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Poonam Yadav ([email protected]) or our HR team ([email protected]).

    The University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

    We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.

    We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

    Job details


    Research Software Engineer


    University of York


    United Kingdom


    February 09, 2024

    Application deadline

    March 07, 2024

    Job type



    Computer Science,Engineering,Mathematics

    About the employer

    The University of York was established in 1963 when the University Grants Commission permitted a university in 1960. The university started operating with its first batch of 230 students on Oct. 9, 1963, under the leadership of Lord James as its chancellor. Originally the university only had 28 staff members and six departments; economics, English, education, history, politics, and mathematics. At present, the university includes nine colleges and more than 30 research centers and academic departments. The university is now accredited by the Privy Council.

    Located in Heslington, the University of York has been improving and expanding its campus ever since its establishment. The campus has plenty of landmarks, sculptures, and college buildings. The King's Manor is a historic structure that currently houses the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the Department of Archaeology. Located in the center of the campus, Central Hall is a tiered auditorium used for hosting concerts, competitions, conferences, graduations, fashion shows, and other events. The university's archives and library network includes many libraries on the campus and in the nearby area. The JB Morrell library is the campus' main library. Heslington Hall is another significant landmark of the campus.

    The University of York offers a plethora of undergraduate, research, and postgraduate programs in various fields like archaeology, sciences, computer science, law, management, medicine, mathematics, languages, arts, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. The university has 18,930 students. The university has collaborations with reputed research-oriented institutions across the world. It is a part of an alliance of 24 well-established research-intensive universities. Also, the university has great student exchange programs and research links with numerous other universities around the globe. It offers excellent professional training to its students and provides them outstanding employment opportunities in prestigious firms.

    The university has produced several notable and successful alumni. Greg Dyke is a renowned British journalist, media executive, broadcaster, and football administrator. Aníbal Cavaco Silva is Portugal's former president. Mahmoud Mohieldin is the vice-president of the World Bank Group. Jung Chang is a British writer, famous for her award-winning book 'Wild Swans'. Anthony Horowitz is an English screenwriter and novelist, popular for his works such as 'The Diamond Brothers' series, 'The Power of Five' series, and the 'Alex Rider' series. Han Seung-soo is South Korea's former prime minister. Peter Hitchens is an author and journalist who writes for The Mail. His popular works include 'The Abolition of Britain', 'The War We Never Fought', and 'The Rage Against God'. Many other distinguished people are a part of the university's alumni network.

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