ICSA continues to grow as a world-class pool of researchers in Informatics and Computing Science and there are a range of vacancies occurring regularly across the SICSA member Universities.

This page also features vacancies from industrial employers seeking to recruit graduates in Informatics and Computing Science.

Please note that all applications to external vacancies (outside SICSA) must be made directly to the advertising institution or organisation and not via SICSA.

PhD Studentships at Edinburgh Napier University

Department:   The School of Computing
Job Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Summary of the studentships

Applications are invited for three fully funded 3 year PhD studentships within the School of Computing. The studentship will cover the UK/European Union rate of tuition fees and will include a standard living allowance at the RCUK rate (currently £14,296 p.a.). *Applicants from outside of the European Union will have to demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to top up the fees to the overseas rate.

The studentship is expected to start in March 2017.  All applications must be received by 27th January 2017. Interviews will take place in mid-February 2017. If you are successful in being shortlisted for interview you will be sent a letter of invitation by email at least one week in advance of the interview date. Those who have not been contacted by 28th February 2017 should assume that they have been unsuccessful.
The School of Computing undertakes research across a broad range of areas in computing and informatics including: bio-inspired computing; cyber-security; e-Government; e-Health; future interactions; make-believe; interactive graphics and simulation; information science; information society; information visualization; networks & distributed computing; social informatics, software engineering & systems and urban interaction design.

Details of the research areas and research centres can be found at

PhD Positions  in Security and Privacy available at the University of Edinburgh

Some suggested PhD projects are given on the PhD topics page. If you are interested in one of these topics, please contact the named supervisor. Read the application section below first.

We also welcome suggestions of other topics from candidates. You should first identify a potential supervisor, then send some information about yourself and your desired area of research, and why you’ve chosen the particular person. To find a potential supervisor, try:

  • The list of people associated with the Security and Privacy research programme in Informatics.
  • Other researchers in the Informatics directory may supervise PhDs topics that connect their area to Security and Privacy.
  • Finally, if your area of interest overlaps Informatics with another discipline such as Engineering, Maths, Law, Politics, Business, then look at the researchers linked on the University Cyber Security Research Network.

Please don’t spam lots of people. A carefully written, relevant message is much more likely to get a positive response or be passed on.

Funding is usually awarded to students rather than projects. Outstanding candidates may be able to win scholarships; for autumn entry, early application is strongly encouraged as scholarship deadlines begin from December onwards. For full details see the PG Fees and Funding page. Some projects may have dedicated funding available, please ask the potential supervisor.

Funding is available for topics that connect to our EPSRC CDTs, you may wish to apply to one of them directly (note that the CDTs have different application procedures and have a 4-year programme including a Masters year):

There are also opportunities for funding from The Alan Turing Institute which will mean splitting time between Edinburgh and the Alan Turing Institute hub in London. Applications may be made to us or directly to the ATI. You should discuss this option with your potential supervisor.


PhD applications require an identified supervisor, CV, previous degree transcript(s), names of referees and a research proposal. The research proposal can be a statement of your own ideas, or an elaborated version of an idea from us.

Good research proposals demonstrate some basic understanding of an area, suggest some avenues to investigate and a methodology to follow, and include some scholarly references which you have studied. We don’t give more explicit instructions on writing the research proposal, since it is used as part of the assessment process; however, time permitting, your potential supervisor should be willing to review a draft before you submit and give you some feedback.

Please note that PhD scholarships are competitive and admission is highly selective even for students with their own funding. As a guide, at a minimum you should have obtained a 2:1 class undergraduate degree or an MSc with distinction from a UK University, or an equivalent level from outside the UK.

For details of how to apply online please:

You also need to select a research institute inside Informatics to apply to. This is usually the main research institute of your nominated supervisor; S&P research is spread across all institutes. If in doubt, select Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science (LFCS), the institute can be reassigned by us after application.

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at the University of Dundee

Job Title:  eCraft2Learn Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (Fabrication & Making in STEAM education)College/SASS   School of Art and Design
Reference Number: SDAD0045Job Title
Grade: Grade 7 (£31,076 – £38,183)  – appointment will be on the first point of the Grade 7 salary scale
Job Category: Research
Closing Date: 7 February 2017
Summary of Job Purpose and Principal Duties
 eCraft2Learn is a funded €2 million, ICT 22 Technologies for Learning and Skills, Horizon 2020 Project.

As Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, you will research, design, develop, evaluate and report on methods, outcomes and impacts for the H2020 eCraft2Learn project.

The eCraft2Learn project will research, design, pilot and validate an ecosystem based on digital fabrication and making technologies for creating computer-supported artefacts. The project aims at reinforcing personalised learning and teaching in science, technology, engineering, arts and

math (STEAM) education and to assist the development of 21st century skills that promote inclusion and employability for youth in the EU. The eCraft2Learn ecosystem will support both formal and informal learning by providing the appropriate digital fabrication, making technologies, and programming tools. It will also incorporate mechanisms for personalised and adaptive learning.

As Post-Doctoral Research Assistant you will contribute to the development of future STEAM learning scenarios. You will conduct the field study and ethnographic observation in formal and informal learning environments to gather data to inform the design process. The project is deeply rooted on the participatory design approach, as such, you will contribute to the design, conduction, and analysing of data of participatory design activities. You will contribute to the architecture analysis, the design, and the development of digital and physical interfaces and systems to support STEAM in informal and formal learning contexts.

The candidate should have a Ph.D. or substantial R&D industry experience. Candidate should have a background in more than one of the following disciplines: cognitive sciences, psychology, anthropology, ethnography, electronic or electrical engineer, software design or engineer, computer engineering, computer science, human-computer interaction, science, and education.

You have substantial publications in top scientific journals and top conference venues (e.g. DIS, CHI, CSCW). You have experience in multidisciplinary and international research projects (e.g. FP7, H2020).

For further details about the project, contact the principal investigator Dr. Andrea Alessandrini (
At the School of Art and Design, at the University of Dundee you will be part of a growing multidisciplinary and international interaction design research group. The position is available until 31 December 2018.

Appointment as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the Grade 7 salary scale is dependent upon you having been awarded a PhD. An appointment may be considered if you are shortly expected to be awarded a PhD. The initial appointment will be made as a Research Assistant on the Training Grade 7 salary scale (Spinal Point 28, £30,175).