Job offer available in Scotland Research Assistant at University of Aberdeen

Trusted Things & Communities: Understanding & Enabling A Trusted IoT Ecosystem is a £1.1M three year project funded by the UK’s Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council. The project is engaged in interdisciplinary research to explore questions of privacy and trust in the Internet of Things (IoT). Objectives include; creation of a novel framework to enable contextualization of IoT data, devices, and their behaviours; development of a novel mechanism to assess and communicate aspects of IoT systems.

To help deliver our research programme we are now looking to appoint a research assistant to contribute to the development of the TrustLens trusted IoT platform.The appointee will support development and testing of software prototypes, design and execution of evaluation experiments and dissemination of project outputs. The appointee will also provide technical support for various project events such as community workshops and outreach activities. 

You should have a good Honours degree in Computer Science or a related discipline; an MSc with a relevant specialism would also be desirable or equivalent industry experience. You are expected to be a competent full stack developer, with practical experience of building web based applications using a combination of Java (e.g. Spring Framework), HTML, CSS and JavaScript. You should have experience with service-side deployments on Linux-based servers, be comfortable with a command line interfaces and working with RESTful APIs. Some knowledge of ontologies and semantic frameworks such as Apache Jena would be desriable. You will care about writing readable and well-structured code, have a willingness to learn and use existing software frameworks, and be comfortable with writing technical reports and working with prototype technologies that might include incomplete code or documentation. Enthusiasm for digital technology and innovation relevant to society and the economy is essential as is the ability to work as part of a cross-disciplinary team.

Practical experience of developing mobile apps using Cordova/PhoneGap or Android Studio and practical experience of IoT deployments is desirable.

As this post is externally funded it is available from 1 July 2019 for 6 months.  Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 5 scale (£27,831 – £31,302 pro rata per annum) with placement according to qualifications and experience.

This post does not meet the minimum requirements as issued by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) to qualify for an employer-sponsored visa. We are therefore unable to consider applications from candidates for this post who require sponsorship to work in the UK.

Informal enquiries may be made to: Professor Peter Edwards (

To apply online for this position visit

Job Reference Number: NCS147R

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 2 July 2019.

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