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Belfast, Northern Ireland


30,000 +

Closing Date

2021-04-19 11:00:00


Research Fellow – Verification & Validation (V&V) of Embedded Software Systems

  • The Software Engineering research group at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow (also known as: Post-doctoral Research Fellow) to join the team on a 24 month fixed-term contract or until 31 December 2023, whichever is soonest. 

    You will work on one of the Work-Packages (WP) of the highly prestigious European Horizon-2020 project XANDAR (2021-2023), led by Dr. Vahid Garousi.  You will work alongside other researchers in QUB and seven other universities and industry partners (such as BMW Group) across Europe on designing and applying Verification & Validation (V&V) and Quality Assurance (QA) techniques to validate and verify functional and non-functional requirements of distributed real-time embedded software systems, to be developed by a novel approach named X-by-Construction. In the context of XANDAR project, the ‘X’ in X-by-Construction refers to aspects such as security, fail-safety, trustworthiness and real-time capability by construction.

    The successful candidate should have solid knowledge and experience of software engineering, software testing, Verification & Validation (V&V) and Quality Assurance (QA). You should have a demonstrable background in software engineering evidenced by publications in top-tier journals and conferences.  

    The successful candidate must have, and you should clearly demonstrate this in your CV/Cover letter: 

    • Hold or be about to obtain a PhD degree in software engineering, computer science, or a related field
    • At least 3 years relevant research or industrial experience in software engineering
    • Sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge in software engineering and embedded software systems

    You will become an active member of the Software Engineering research group where you will join a vibrant research group of several PhD students, Post-doctoral Fellows, and 8 academics. 

    Further information about the School/PI can be found at:

    Further information about the XANDAR Horizon-2020 project can be found at:

    Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 per annum

    Closing date: Monday 19 April 2021

    Anticipated interview date: Thursday 29 & Friday 30 April

    For full job details and criteria please see the Candidate Information link on our website by clicking ‘apply’.  You must clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria when you submit your application. For further information please contact Resourcing Team, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN.  Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email 

    Queen’s University Belfast is a driver of innovation based on our talented, multinational workforce. Throughout the University, our academics are collaborating across disciplines to develop new discoveries and insights, working with outside agencies and institutions on projects of international significance. We are connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world, helping us to expand our impact on wider society locally, nationally and globally. The University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing the best global talent within an environment that enables them to realise their full potential.

    The School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS) is committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity and to creating and sustaining an environment that values and celebrates the diversity of its staff and student body.  In particular, the School is committed to supporting the career progression of women in science, engineering and technology (SET) in line with the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter.  We are ranked 1st in the UK for knowledge transfer partnerships, (Innovate UK) 9th in the UK for University facilities (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018) and 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

    Based in Belfast, a modern capital city, our beautiful campus is surrounded by abundant acres of parkland and is renowned as one of the safest and affordable cities in the UK. The choice of local Schools from pre-nursery upwards are some of the best available, and lovers of the outdoors can enjoy any number of activities from rowing and kayaking to top class golf among many others. We are immensely proud of what our city and our University will offer you.

    The University is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all.

    However, our employment monitoring data tells us that individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people with a disability and those who identify as LGBT+ are currently under-represented at the University. Also male protestants are currently under-represented in this category of work. As such, we particularly welcome applications from these individuals.

    As you may be aware, Queen’s is recognised as one of the most diverse organisations in Northern Ireland. We are committed to ensuring our workplace is a safe, welcoming and inclusive place to work, which is why we subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, Diversity Charter Mark NI and Athena SWAN.

    It is also why we have established award winning Staff Networks such as PRISM and iRise. These networks provide an opportunity for staff to meet in a friendly, informal way to support each other.  More details on all our networks can be found at

    Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but, in particular circumstances, may be renewed or made permanent, subject to availability of funding.

    Ref: 21/108645
    School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS)

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