Lancaster University

Lancaster University

Senior Research Associate (TUDOR)

United Kingdom

Closing in 16 days

Senior Research Associate (TUDOR)

School of Computing and Communications Salary: £38,205 to £44,263 Closing Date: Tuesday 19 December 2023 Interview Date: Wednesday 10 January 2024 Reference: 1073-23

We are seeking to appoint a Senior Research Associate to work on TUDOR (Towards Ubiquitous 3D Open Resilient Network), an exciting new DSIT project that will address the key challenges involved in developing network components that enable seamless interoperability in heterogeneous networks of 5G and future technologies, including terrestrial, airborne (HAPS) and satellite networks. The TUDOR consortium brings together more than 20 partners, including world-leading researchers from UK universities, innovative equipment vendors, major network operators and network/software and system integrators from both space and terrestrial sectors. TUDOR aims to develop open network technologies that will underpin the next generation of mobile networks.

TUDOR is an ambitious research project aiming to address many societal, environmental and economic grand challenges. In pursuit of Net-Zero goals, this consortium is dedicated to delivering consistent performance across a wide range of requirements for both public and private networks, all while striving for maximum energy efficiency. Through leveraging Open RAN (Radio Access Network) platforms developed in the UK, TUDOR will develop intelligent network functions with AI-driven spectrum sharing mechanisms to support the smooth rollout of future mobile networks.

Lancaster will take a leading role in TUDOR to design and implement a novel intent-driven management framework for 3D open networks. This will build on emerging open network standards for network management and orchestration towards closed-control loop automation with converged control and monitoring for 5G and future network technologies. In parallel, to improve decision support for automation, a digital twin platform will be developed, to predict the behaviour of real-life RAN and Core infrastructures and support the fulfilment of network intents.

We are looking for a Senior Research Associate to join TUDOR and help contribute to solving these exciting challenges for 5G and future network infrastructures. The ideal candidate should have a background in computer networking; more details on the relevant research fields can be found in the Person Specification. Whilst existing knowledge in these areas is desirable, we seek to build a team with complementary strengths and therefore will also consider applications from general computer science researchers.

You will be expected to implement and test systems throughout the project and therefore proficient programming skills are essential. You will work with two project investigators who are strongly committed to mentoring, and you will be encouraged and supported in developing your profile and new research proposals.

You will join us on an indefinite contract. The role remains contingent on external funding which, for this position, ends 31 January 2025. If you have any informal enquiries, please contact Prof. Nicholas Race ([email protected]).

We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognizes and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research. We welcome applications from people across diversity groups.

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    Job details


    Senior Research Associate (TUDOR)


    Lancaster University


    United Kingdom


    November 12, 2023

    Application deadline

    December 19, 2023

    Job type



    Computer Science,Engineering

    About the employer

    Established in 1964 by the Royal Charter, Lancaster University is amongst the leading research-intensive universities in the UK. It is among the only 6 collegiate universities in the country and has collaborations with NHS, GCHQ, LEP, CEH, EA, Sunway University, and UFLA, Brazil. Initially, the university was based at St. Leonard's Gate. The campus was moved to Bailrigg in South Lancaster in 1968. The university formerly had four colleges namely Cartmel, County, Lonsdale, and Bowland. Grizedale, Fylde, Furness, Pendle, and Graduate colleges were set up after 1990. Currently, it has 9 colleges that offer a total of 18 research programs.

    The Lancaster University campus occupies a beautiful 560-acre parkland site at Bailrigg, just three miles from Lancaster city center. The Bailrigg campus is home to Lancaster Arts, bringing together our own theatre, art gallery, and concert series. The Nuffield Theatre is one of the largest professional studio theatres in Europe. It hosts public performances of theatre, contemporary dance and live art from some of the best-known and respected companies from the UK and abroad. Each of the 9 colleges has its private residence blocks, administration staff, halls, bars, and Wi-Fi enabled common areas. There are two banks, a bakery, an ice-cream parlor, general stores and supermarkets, a beauty salon, and a post office on the university campus. Lancaster also has Chaplaincy Centre which houses prayer rooms with facilities for different faiths such as Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Islam, and Baha'i. Lancaster University provides university bus services making it convenient for the students and employees to commute. Further, the M6 motorway is only a five minutes' drive from the campus. It takes 10 minutes to drive to the West Coast Main Line that connects the city to London, Scotland, and Manchester.

    The academic structure of the university consists of undergraduate degree programs, postgraduate courses, research, and doctoral level programs. The acclaimed staff of the university guides the students into international level research centered on humanities, business subjects, natural sciences, modern languages, social sciences, and technology. Presently, the university has over 13,000 full-time students enrolled for first and higher degrees. There are 3,027 employees on the university campus including 1,323 faculty members.

    Lancaster University has over 148,000 alumni in more than 180 countries. The university has a notable list of alumni who have gained recognition in their respective disciplines. Emily Fleeshman is a Hollywood actress, famous for her role of Nikki in popular TV show Still Open All Hours. Also, she is the founder of an acting school named ‘The Actors' Lab’ based in Salford. Satnam Rana is a news presenter on BBC. Some other noble laureates of the university are Roger Ashton-Griffiths (actor), Andrew Brooke Miller (Novelist), Catherine Jane Smith (a member of British Labour Party), Lucy Jane Briers (actor), Andy Serkis (actor and director), Bruce Sewell (former counsel of Apple).

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