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Research Engineers

£29,301 – £36,001; opportunities to progress to £41,709 and beyond

The Opportunity

To join a creative, innovative and friendly team at the IT Innovation Centre, part of the Department of Electronics and Computer Science. Based on the Southampton Science Park, we have an international reputation for advancing a wide range of information technologies and enabling their adoption in industry and commerce. Current work includes big data, information security, and human-centric computing & information sciences, applied in sectors including creative industries, cultural heritage, e-democracy, environment, healthcare and transport.

Focused on a professional approach to software development in an agile team environment, our Research Engineers can become involved in all aspects of the project lifecycle, including requirements analysis, architecture, documentation, and demonstrating proofs of concept.


A creative, innovative thinker with outstanding problem-solving skills, and the ability to learn quickly and adapt to new challenges. With a keen interest in new and emerging technologies, you are passionate about innovation and excited by the idea of bringing research closer to market. Your excellent written and oral communication enables you to present ideas clearly and effectively to colleagues, project partners and clients.

With a degree and possibly a post-graduate qualification in computer science or a related discipline, you have excellent software development skills, and you recognise the importance of good software engineering to create robust and usable software. Through employment or internship, you have commercial and/or academic experience of applying IT-based research to real-world problems.

You have expertise in some or all of Java, Python, C++ and R. You have skills and experience in distributed systems and in one or more of:


30 days holiday a year, flexible working around core hours, and the option to join the USS pension scheme with an 18% employer contribution.

Opportunities to develop technical and project management skills, and to contribute to winning new business.

Our European project portfolio can provide opportunities for short-term travel, but applicants must able to travel within the EU at short notice.

The Department of Electronics and Computer Science holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award, demonstrating our commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advancing the representation of women in STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break.

We have a generous maternity policy and on-site childcare facilities. Employees are able to participate in the childcare vouchers scheme. Other benefits include state-of-the-art sports, arts and culture facilities, a full programme of events and a range of staff discounts.


Please send your CV by email to, citing reference 17re3.