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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year.

A Research Assistant post is available in the Systems Research Group at the Cambridge University Department of Computer Science & Technology (a.k.a. the Computer Laboratory) for 1 year. We welcome applications from candidates with experience outside academia.

The Systems Research Group provides a supportive and rigorous environment in which to undertake world-leading research in a wide range of topics in computer systems. The group's outputs are not limited to publications but often also include spin out companies significant successes include XenSource (acquired by Citrix Systems Inc. for $500M in 2007) and Unikernel Systems (acquired in 2016 by Docker Inc.).

The group holds a portfolio of projects supporting development, experimentation and data analysis in personal networked systems to support Human-Data Interaction including Databox and DADA .

This post will focus on supporting experimental data collection and analysis across this portfolio. This may include designing and managing deployments of sensors and research prototypes, production of software to support such deployments, and implementation of tools and pipelines to analyse the resulting data.

Successful candidates will hold a first class undergraduate degree or Masters degree in Computer Science, or equivalent, and must be able to evidence:

  • Enthusiasm for learning new technologies, and for deploying and managing them in practice.

  • Experience of or aptitude for systems-level (e.g., OS kernel, device driver, assembly level) software development.

  • Experience of or aptitude for system measurement and evaluation, including experiment design, data capture, and data analysis.

  • Ability to communicate clearly in English, in both written and spoken forms.

  • Familiarity with the Linux command-line, preferably including experience of system administration, shell scripting, and task automation.

For more background information on the Systems Research Group, see where further information about the projects mentioned can also be found.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Richard Mortier (

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference NR16301 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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