Research Software Engineer

University of York
March 07, 2024
Offerd Salary:£36,024- £37,099
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Contract Type:fixed term contract
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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

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