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Research Assistant/Associate: CDBB (Fixed Term)

Research Assistant £26,715 - £30,942 or Research Associate £32,816 - £40,322

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2022.

A Research Assistant/Associate post funded by the Centre for Digital Built Britain ( is available in the Systems Research Group at the University of Cambridge Department of Computer Science & Technology (aka the Computer Laboratory, for up to three years. We welcome applications from candidates with appropriate experience from outside academia.

The CDBB is focused on the transformation of the built environment though the investigation and development of digital technologies, standards and processes. It is an interdisciplinary Centre spanning centres of excellence including among others the University's Departments of Computer Science and Technology, Engineering, and Architecture, plus the Cambridge Judge Business School, the Institute for Manufacturing, and the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research.

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 also often include, for example, spin out companies -- significant successes include XenSource (acquired by Citrix Systems Inc. for $500M in 2007) and Unikernel Systems (acquired in early 2016 by Docker Inc.).

The post holder will be responsible for contributing to the CDBB's research programme implementing a digital transformation in the built environment by generating and disseminating knowledge via scholarly publication and supporting its translation for government and industry. Currently planned activities involve a range of areas of research including federated machine learning using small devices at the edge of the network, data visualisation and human-data interaction, data management and policy enforcement in complex multi-stakeholder environments, and deployment and management of a large-scale prototype National Digital Twin research facility.

Successful candidates will hold (or be close to completing) a PhD in Computer Science. Appointment at research associate level is dependent on having a PhD or having equivalent skills and experience through non-academic routes. Where a PhD has yet to be awarded appointment will initially be made as a research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded.

You must also be able to evidence:

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

  • Experience of or aptitude for rigorous computer system design, implementation, measurement and evaluation, including experiment design, data capture, and data analysis. This may have been gained in commercial or industrial settings as well as through production of academic papers.

  • Experience of working independently on collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects with academic and industrial partners.

  • Evidence of an excellent publication record, commensurate with level of experience. Candidates from outside academia may be able to evidence this by providing examples of technical writing published or distributed through channels other than academic conferences and journals, e.g., blog posts.

Other desirable characteristics and experience include:

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

  • Familiarity with data science techniques and applications, including machine learning and statistics.

The post holder may be required to travel within the UK and internationally.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Richard Mortier (

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