Research Fellow, Agents, Interactions and Complexity

Southampton, United Kingdom
£31,866 per annum
Jun 15, 2021
End of advertisement period
Jul 06, 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Agents, Interactions & Complexity

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £31,866 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 36 months
Closing Date:  Tuesday 06 July 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1326021FP-4R

You will join the project working on Algorithmic Game Theory and Mechanism Design, funded by the Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant "Towards Practical Algorithmic Mechanism Design: Beyond the Worst-Case Analysis," led by Dr. Jie Zhang in the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton.

The project aims to explore incentive engineering questions in a wide range of topics, including matching, scheduling, internet markets, and developing new algorithms and analysis techniques. Typical tools and topics are Probability and Statistics, Game Theory, Optimisation, etc. 

To be successful you will have:-

  • PhD or equivalent qualifications and experience in Computer Science, Mathematics, or related fields
  • Demonstrable ability in understanding and handling of complex mathematical ideas and knowledge of designing and analysing algorithms and mechanisms. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication, planning and time management skills

This is a full time fixed term post for 36 months. Please address any queries to Dr. Jie Zhang,

Please include a covering letter and full CV in your application. You will also need to specify at least two references on the application form.

The department of Electronics and Computer Science is the leading university department of its kind in the UK, with an international reputation for world-leading research across computer science, electronics, and electrical engineering. Research takes place in a multidisciplinary, collaborative environment and draws on our outstanding facilities. With over 550 researchers from many different subject backgrounds, the research culture in ECS is fast-changing and dynamic. Our internationally renowned teaching and research have been ranked among the highest in the UK.

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Electronics and Computer Science. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position. We are committed to improving equality for women in science and have been successful in achieving an Athena SWAN bronze award in April 2020. We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy*, onsite childcare facilities and other benefits such as the cycle to work scheme.

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this is through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Farrance (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0)2380 592750 or email  Please quote reference 1326021FP-4R on all correspondence.

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

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