• Research Engineer — Big Data
    £30,395 to £37,345 per annum

The Opportunity


You will join an exceptional team working on the Transforming Transport project. We are looking for a creative developer of data-centric solutions to help us transform research into big data solutions for transport infrastructure providers. The work is part of our research programme tackling big data challenges in industries such as transport, healthcare, logistics and beyond.

Value to You

You will have opportunities to develop your skills through creation of state-of-the-art Big Data technologies to solve problems for industry partners such as Network Rail and Thales UK.

There is considerable potential for career development, e.g. development of commercial products and services in partnership with industry, consultancy, conceptualising and bidding new projects, leading to a Senior Enterprise Fellow positions and beyond.

We offer competitive salary, 30 days holiday a year plus bank holidays and up to 6 University closure days, flexible working (around core hours), and the option to join the USS pension scheme with an 18% employer contribution.



The successful candidate will be responsible for the design and development of software solutions that validate, demonstrate and prototype outcomes of research. The role will involve developing the algorithms' data interfaces, developing GUIs for data and information visualisation, relational data modelling, data ETL, and deployment of algorithms on distributed big data platforms.



  • Programming in Python
  • Developing graphical user interfaces using one or more frameworks (e.g. PySide) or JavaScript
  • Relational data modelling and manipulation using SQL
  • Experience of agile development methodologies


  • Programming in R/Java/Scala/Matlab
  • Experience with text analysis using Python
  • Data modelling and manipulation on NoSQL solutions
  • Experience with any distributed processing technologies (e.g. Apache Spark, Docker, Docker Swarm, Hadoop, Flink)

PhD or an equivalent combination of qualifications and experience in computer science, software engineering or a related discipline is essential.

This is a full-time post for the period of 12 months, renewable subject to funding and satisfactory performance. We wish the post to start as soon as possible.

Interested? Apply now.

You should submit your completed online application form plus a detailed curriculum vitae at www.jobs.soton.ac.uk

Closing date: 22 November 2018
Interview date: To be confirmed

The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Rosie McPhail (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043. Please quote reference 1070118FP on all correspondence. Please provide the names and contact details of two referees who are familiar with your work in the relevant field whom we can contact for a reference once the vacancy has closed.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

The IT Innovation Centre

The IT Innovation Centre is an applied research centre specialising in the advancement of innovative information technologies and their deployment in industry and commerce. We work at the forefront of emerging technology, taking cutting-edge research and using it in innovative ways to help solve the big societal challenges that we face in the world today.

We have teams working on secure systems, risk management, cyber security, crisis management, decision support, big data, information discovery, internet of things, social media analysis and social behaviour in complex human machine networks. This range of expertise is applied across industry sectors as diverse as health, media, e-government, oil & gas exploration, marine systems, education, transport and security.

Much of our work is performed within collaborative projects at both national and international level, working with researchers, industry and technology users in a spirit of partnership, developing new ideas and applications that draw on and develop our broad technical expertise.

Our work is made widely available through practical demonstrators, proof-of-principle software systems, publications and technical reports.

Part of the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, we are based at the Southampton Science Park, 4 miles north of Southampton city centre.

Benefits of Working at IT Innovation

Professional development

We offer opportunities to develop technical and project management skills, and to contribute to winning new projects.

Flexible working

We operate a flexible working policy around core hours.

Pension scheme

Option to join the USS pension scheme with an 18% employer contribution.

Family leave arrangements

Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave are available.


On-site childcare facilities are available.


Staff have access to private dental and healthcare insurance.

Generous leave allowance

30 days holiday a year, in addition to UK public holidays and 6 University closure days.

Staff discounts

A range of retail, leisure and service discounts are available.

Cultural activities

Staff have access to a variety of art and culture facilities.


Employees have the opportunity for short-term travel to participate in meetings and conferences in interesting, international, locations. Applicants must able to travel within the EU at short notice.

Equal opportunities

The School of Electronics and Computer Science holds an Athena Swan Silver 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.

Healthy living

We participate in a cycle to work scheme, and offer discounted Sport and Wellbeing membership.