Research Associate - Next Generation Converged Digital Infrastructure (NG-CDI)

Lancaster, Lancashire (GB)
£28,331 - £32,817
15 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Ref: A3238

Job Title: Research Associate - Next Generation Converged Digital Infrastructure (NG-CDI)

Department: School of Computing and Communications

Salary: £28,331 - £32,817

Closing Date: 31/01/2021

Contract: Indefinite with End date

A Research Associate post is available, linked to the EPSRC/BT prosperity partnership Next Generation Converged Digital Infrastructure (NG-CDI) project.

NG-CDI is a five year, £5M programme of research funded by EPSRC and BT that is forging the next generation converged digital infrastructure for the UK, delivering a radically new data-driven architecture for the autonomous operation of future telecommunications infrastructure.  The consortium brings together leading research groups from the Universities of Lancaster, Cambridge, Bristol and Surrey working alongside BT, one of the world’s leading communications service providers.

This is a unique opportunity to work at the cutting edge of networking infrastructure and to develop research that will have significant impact with industrial partners. You will be responsible for conducting research and contributing to the development of a scalable, autonomic management system for future networks. This will involve research on topics such as service orchestration, data modelling, policy language design, machine learning and predictive modelling.

We invite applications from enthusiastic individuals who have a strong Undergraduate degree (Higher Qualifications are desirable). You should be able to demonstrate proficiency in programming using languages such as Python or R, and experience in one of the following areas is essential; Computer Networks, Machine Learning or Optimisation.  Familiarity with Software Defined Networking (SDN) or Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) would be considered advantageous. We will also highly value your ability to learn rapidly and to adapt to new technologies beyond your current skills and expertise.

The role will require you to engage with stakeholders including industry, and to support the technical coordination of activities between project partners; therefore, effective communication skills, interpersonal skills and experience of working collaboratively are essential attributes.

The School of Computing and Communications offers a highly inclusive and stimulating environment for career development, and you will be exposed to a range of further opportunities over the course of this post. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

You will join us on an indefinite contract; however, the role remains contingent on external funding, which at this time is due to come to an end on 31 October 2022.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.  We are open to considering applications from individuals wishing to work remotely from Lancaster.

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Nicholas Race (email: