Research Engineer - Software

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IT Innovation

Location: Highfield Campus
Salary: 31,406 to 38,587 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 12 months
Closing Date: Wednesday 22 December 2021
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: 1612521FP

You will join our creative and innovative team working on advanced cyber-security systems as part of the "Fog Protect" ( and “CyberKit4SME” ( projects.

There is considerable potential for career development, through work such as development of commercial products and services in partnership with industry, consultancy, conceptualising and bidding new projects, leading to a Senior Enterprise Fellow positions and beyond. There are also opportunities to develop your skills through creation of state-of-the-art cyber-security technologies to solve problems for UK and international industry partners such as IBM, Thales, and Nokia.

Your experience of software engineering will be beneficial to help us transform the way cyber-security and risk is managed in complex and adaptive systems. The work is part of our research programme tackling security challenges in industries such as healthcare, manufacturing and beyond.

You will be responsible for the design and development of models and software solutions that validate, demonstrate and prototype outcomes of research. You will create proof-of-concept systems and will need to be flexible, applying your problem-solving skills in new contexts to create good quality software and systems.

To be successful it is essential you have the following:

• Programming in Python, Java or C++

• Experience of system modelling paradigms such as OO, SOA and Cloud

• Experience of agile development methodologies and DevOps

• PhD or an equivalent professional qualifications and experience in computer science, software engineering or a related discipline.

The following would be advantageous:

• Experience of security/risk modelling and management

• Relational data modelling and manipulation using SQL (e.g. PostgreSQL or MySQL)

• Experience of web technologies and REST APIs.

We offer competitive salary, 30 days holiday a year plus bank holidays and up to 6 University closure days, flexible working, and the option to join the USS pension scheme with a 21.1% employer contribution.

This is a full-time post for a period of 12 months, renewable subject to funding. We wish the post to start as soon as possible.

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, 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 will consider applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time, remote working and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy (subject to qualifying criteria) and onsite childcare facilities.

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.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Samantha Stubbs (HR Recruitment Team) on 02380 592750 or email Please quote reference 1612521FP on all correspondence.

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 205183.