SICSA 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.

Various Academic Positions

University of Glasgow

The School of Computing Science is building on its strong performance in REF2014 with the recruitment of four academic staff in priority areas (equivalent to US tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor).

Below you will find a brief description of the priority areas in which we are keen to appoint ambitious academic staff who will complement and strengthen our existing activities.  Four positions are presently available for appointment in Session 2017-18, with further vacancies to be announced in 2018-19.

Centre for Computing Science Education (CCSE)

Edge Computing – GLAsgow SyStems (GLASS)

Glasgow Interactive SysTems (GIST)

Information Retrieval, Machine Learning or Data Systems – Information, Data & Analysis (IDA)

Funded PhD Studentship, University of Glasgow

The School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow is offering fully funded PhD Project – Containerised NVF Orchestration and Management

Supervisor(s): Dr Dimitrios Pezaros
Funding Status: UK/EU (EU with more than 3 years in the UK)

Current operations and management (O&M) solutions assume containers are deployed within data centres with single geographic location, high speed communications and high performance infrastructure. However, many network benefits can be obtained if container network functions can be distributed around the network edge. The project would address how to devise network-wide platforms that can manage and interconnect network functions for many customers at scale and over the Internet. We have been using platforms like Openstack as well as our own Glasgow Network Function (GNF)orchestrator and would like to further investigate how such platforms can be designed to work at scale (e.g., billions of small IoT devices) and over heterogeneous environments where network resource utilisation becomes as significant as CPU and memory resource use.

How to Apply: Please refer to the following website for details on how to apply:

Start Date: As soon as possible

Funding: Funding is available to cover tuition fees for UK applicants (EU applicants who have spent at least 3 years in the UK are also eligible), as well as paying a stipend of £18,000 per annum.

Funded PhD Studentship, University of Glasgow

The School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow is offering fully funded PhD position in the area of Human-Robotic Interaction, Planning and Explainable AI 

Supervisor(s): Dr Mary Ellen Foster (

Eligibility: UK/EU Students Only
Closing Date for Applications: 31 August 2018
Start Date: 1 October 2018

This project will investigate how such human-robot collaborative tasks can be carried out, concentrating on the communication aspects: how the robot communicates its intentions to the human, and how the human can query and interact with the robot’s plan. The research will be driven by oilfield drilling applications, which involve control of complex equipment in a dynamic environment, with an increasing level of automation. Close coordination between the human crew and the automation system is often required, as is building trust between the human and the machine so that the crew understand why the machine acts the way it does and is confident it has taken all available information into account. The project is an EPSRC iCASE award with Schlumberger Gould Research and it is expected that the student will spend some time working with the company in Cambridge.

The student should have excellent experience, enthusiasm and skills in the areas of natural language or multimodal interaction and/or automated planning and reasoning. Applicants must hold a good Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant discipline.

Interested students should apply as soon as possible: note that potential students must apply through the University of Glasgow application system as linked in the FindAPhD adverts – feel free to contact me directly if you have questions, but only applications received through the University of Glasgow can be considered.

For more information, please contact Dr Mary Ellen Foster

Two Postdoctoral positions , University of Edinburgh

Project: Skye: A Programming language bridging theory and practice for scientific data curation

Supervisor: James Cheney

Deadline (research software engineer): 13 September 
Deadline (senior researcher): 13 September 2018

We are recruiting for two postdoctoral positions on the project “Skye: A programming langauge bridging theory and practice for scientific data curation”

  • Research Software Engineer
  • Senior Researcher

The project is supervised by Dr. James Cheney, Reader in the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh. Funding is provided by a five-year, €1.99M Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council.

Positions available
Research Software Engineer: This position is aimed at developing scientific database case studies using Links, a programming language with strong support for Web programming, database programming, algebraic effects and distributed programming using session types. Applications are welcome from either experienced scientific database developers with an interest in functional programming, or programming languages or database researchers with an interest in principled software development.

Senior Researcher: This position is intended for someone who has significant research experience and an independent research agenda relevant to the topics of the project: types, database programming, metaprogramming, language extensibility, etc. The senior researcher will help to lead a substantial part of the Skye project and participate in supervision of other students and staff working on the project.

Background required

Applicants for the RSE position should have, at a minimum, a PhD degree (or be close to completion) in computer science or a related area, or substantial previous programming experience related to scientific data management and interest in applications of functional programming in the real world. Practical experience or research interests in developing scientific databases with support for archiving, versioning, provenance-tracking or other curation needs would be a plus.

Applicants for the Senior Researcher position should have a PhD in computer science with research focus in a related area, such as programming languages or databases, as well as a strong track record of research publications demonstrating an independent research agenda. Ideal candidates will have both solid theoretical grounding and experience applying principles in practical systems. Previous research experience concerning provenance or related topics (such as information flow security, program slicing, generic programming or metaprogramming) would be desirable but is not required.

About the position

Both positions are available for 24 months, starting on or as soon as possible after October 1, 2018.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact James Cheney ( before applying to discuss these positions.

Application process and deadlines

A complete application consists of a CV and a 1-3 page research statement summarizing your background, previous research experience, and how they relate to this position.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm GMT on September 13, 2018, through the University of Edinburgh recruitment site, directly using the following links:
Research Software Engineer
Senior Researcher

More information on the Project can be accessed at:

Heriot-Watt University (HWU) in Edinburgh, UK welcomes applications for two academic positions in computer games:-

– Assistant/Associate Professor in Games & Interactive Technologies (IRC16342)
– Assistant/Associate Professor in Computer Games (IRC16343)

The posts will be located at our Edinburgh campus which is part of a vibrant game development community and home to various industrial game studios. The posts will be part of our School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences which is internationally renowned in the areas of Interaction, Intelligent Systems, and Rigorous Systems. Details of our research activities can be found online (, Edinburgh creative culture (, and our Discovery and Innovation Centre statement and mission (

Assistant/Associate Professor in Games & Interactive Technologies (IRC16342)

The successful candidate will ideally have expertise in one or more of interactive graphics, virtual and augmented realities, serious games, and interactive narratives. The post-holder would be expected to contribute to the development of games-related undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes, and to develop research activities in collaboration with colleagues in our interaction and artificial intelligence research areas.

When applying for this role, please provide a full academic CV that identifies how your skills and experience are a good match for this position, including your research and teaching experience. In your CV, please include the names and contact details for three referees.

Further information about this position is available here: ( and (application site)

Assistant/Associate Professor in Computer Games (IRC16343)

The successful candidate will have professional industry experience including strong technical skills in computer games development, animation and modelling processes, and software engineering throughout development lifecycle of games. The post will involve contributing to our current drive for design-led and interaction education. Furthermore, the post holder will have access to our new Games Studio and Creative Grid facilities currently being developed as part of the Discovery and Innovation Centre.

When applying for this role, please provide a full academic CV that identifies how your skills and experience are a good match for this position. In your CV, please include the names and contact details for three referees. In addition to your CV, you should provide a description of your games development portfolio.

Note that for this position, we will consider applicants who have sufficient professional industry experience in games development who might not hold a PhD.

Further information about this position is available here: ( and (application site)

Further Information & How to Apply

For more information about the above posts and to apply, please visit quoting the respective IRC numbers given above.
Applicants who believe that they meet the requirements for both posts should submit separate applications to each.

Applications can be submitted till Friday, 12th October 2018. Short-listed applicants should expect to be interviewed in the Autumn, with a start date of January 2019 or later (negotiable).

For informal discussion about the position please contact Professor Albert Burger (Head of Computer Science) at or Dr Mike Just (Deputy Head of Computer Science) at