Research Assistant /Associate in Blockchain (80% FTE)

The Department of Computing at Imperial College London is a leading department of Computer Science among UK Universities, and has consistently been awarded the highest research rating. In the 2021 Res

The Department of Computing at Imperial College London is a leading department of Computer Science among UK Universities, and has consistently been awarded the highest research rating. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment, the Department was ranked 1st out of all UK Computer Science departments and was rated as “Excellent” in the previous national assessment of teaching quality. Imperial was also awarded “Gold” according the last Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2017.

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate for an Innovate UK-funded project entitled “Blockchain Lorawan Optimising Chain-of-Custody (BLOCC)”. This project is a collaboration between micro-SME Stofl Ltd and Imperial’s Centre for Cryptocurrency Research & Engineering. The project aims to revolutionise chain-of-custody arrangements for the global shipping industry, and will specifically develop and test a prototype to prove effectiveness of a unique low-cost, long-range chain-of-custody solution combining LoRaWAN and blockchain. The post is an 80% FTE one (4 days a week).

Duties and responsibilities

The role of the postholder is to support technical aspects of this research programme, especially as related to software and hardware prototype development, undertake project management and/or supervise multi-disciplinary teams. The Research Associate will also be expected to co-author a small number of publications to refereed conference and journals.

Essential requirements

  • Research Associate: a PhD degree or equivalent (or close to completion) in Computer Science or a related field *
  • Research Assistant: a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science or a related field
  • Knowledge and track record in one or more of the following areas: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, software and hardware platforms for IoT applications and/or low-power mobile communications.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with a good publication record in relevant conferences or journals.
  • Ability to prioritise work to meet deadlines, and to work with minimal supervision.
  • Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded a PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,694 – £39,888 per annum.

Further information

In addition to completing the online application, candidates should attach:

  • A full CV
  • A two-page research statement indicating what you see are interesting research issues relating to the above post and why your expertise is relevant.
  • Any evidence that demonstrates your experience / passion for software engineering (blog, open source projects, github repositories and others) will be carefully considered.

Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Jamie Perrins by email at: j.perrins@imperial.ac.uk

For academic queries about the post please contact: Prof William Knottenbelt (wjk@imperial.ac.uk).

Documents

  • Research Assistant Associate JD.pdf

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