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.

Research Associate (2 Posts), University of Glasgow

Salary: £35,210 – £39,610 (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Reference Number: 023587 & 023913

Job Purpose

An exiting opportunity has arisen at the University of Glasgow, working with a leading cyber security team on national critical infrastructures within the School of Computing Science. 

You will be working at the interface between academic research, leading commercial practice and government policy.  We are looking for two researchers to make a leading contribution to projects funded by GCHQ/NCSC and EPSRC. 

You will be exposed to leading technologies in the protection of safety and security critical applications, working with Professor Chris Johnson, Head of Computing.

Deadline for applications is 6th March 2019

For more details on these posts and how to apply please see: .  Search using the vacancy numbers above.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (Human-Computer Interaction/ Psychology/ Trust/ related fields)

 Grade 7 Spine Point 29-34 (£31,076 – £37,345
 5 months FTE: flexible/ part-time working available
 Location flexible
 Start date: As soon as possible
Role Purpose

We are looking for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to carry out qualitative research. The appointment is for five months FTE, with the possibility of extending. Applications from candidates who wish to work flexibly (part-time/ remotely) will be considered.

The successful applicant will contribute to the development and testing of new theories around the establishment of trust in online contexts. Knowledge of social identities, social norms, trust and online behaviour is highly desirable. There will be opportunities for the successful applicant to develop their awareness of Blockchain technologies, de-centralised registries, cryptography and encryption.

The post is part of the project “TAPESTRY: Trust, Authentication and Privacy over a DeCentralised Social Registry”, funded by the RCUK Digital Economy programme. Full details of the project are available here.

TAPESTRY aims to investigate, develop and demonstrate transformational new technologies to enable people, businesses and digital services to connect safely online, exploiting the complex “tapestry” of multi-modal signals woven by their everyday digital interactions. It will deliver completely new ways of determining or engendering trust online, and enable users and businesses to make better decisions about who to trust online. The project brings together expertise in socio-digital interaction and psychology (University of Dundee); Blockchain, multi-modal signal processing, machine learning, Cyber Security and 5G technologies (University of Surrey); and interaction design (Northumbria University).


You will be based in Professor Wendy Moncur’s interdisciplinary research group, which focuses on lived human experience in a digital age. Your expertise will complement existing expertise in the group in Human-Computer Interaction, Health, Design, and Computer Science.

Applications from candidates who wish to work flexibly – part-time/ remotely – will be considered. There are also opportunities to be based at one of our partner Universities.

Please contact Wendy Moncur ( if you would like to discuss the position, marking your email “TAPESTRY Postdoc Enquiry”.

 Deadline for applications is 17th February 2019


Heriot Watt University: Coder/programmer in collaboration with Psychologists, Psychiatrists and Industrial Partner – a stand-alone bespoke role-playing software for children

Grade/Salary: Grade 7 / £32,236 per annum fte.
Duration: 3 months fte or 6 months 0.5fte

Project title: Test Play – Developing and testing a new computer role play programme as a research, clinical and educational tool.

Investigators: Gnanathusharan (Thusha) Rajendran (Psychology, Heriot-Watt University), Ruth Aylett (Computer Science, Heriot-Watt University) and Helen Minnis (Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow).

To develop a bespoke role-play software that will be used both a research and intervention tool. Programmes like Bubble Dialogue (Gray, Creighton, McMahon & Cunningham,1991) and Kar2ouche (e.g. in Fallon et al., 2018) have been used in previous research, but here we proposed to create a flexible, stand-alone piece software for researchers, clinicians and teachers. This software will be created in collaboration with Industrial Partner Dekko Comics – who are moving into the interactive comic and software market. As well as creating this software, the research team will create scenarios for the software investigate children’s social vulnerabilities, to tackle bullying and resolve conflicts.

The unique selling points of the software will be:

1) computer role play offers the chance to role play and, so, take 1st person-centred view, rather than a passive 3rd person view

2) the comic strip convention of speech and thought bubbles allows people to see explicitly that what someone says might be very different from what the they really think and feel

3) as well as creating their own bespoke scenarios, researchers, clinicians and teachers will also be able review and share (with the children, their parents/guardians and other professionals) the transcripts of what they children have written and use these to help in their assessments and interventions.

References and links

Fallon, T., Alyett, R., Minnis, H., & Rajendran, G. (2018). Investigating social vulnerability in children using computer mediated role-play. Computers and Education, 125, 458-464.

Rajendran, G., Mitchell, P., & Rickards, H. (2005). How do individuals with Asperger syndrome respond to nonliteral language and inappropriate requests in computer-mediated communication? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 35, 4, 429-442

Please contact Thusha Rajendran (0131 451 3456) for further details and expressions of interest. If you have examples of your work, please could provide.