Research Associate/Research Fellow/Research Software Engineer/Senior Research Software Engineer in the Advanced Processor Technologies Group

Job Reference : S&E-09188
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date : 15/12/2016
Salary : Grade 6 £31,076 to £38,183 per annum according to relevant experience and qualifications Grade 7 £39,324 to £48,327 per annum
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
Division : -
Hours Per week : Full time
Contract Duration : Immediate start until 31 March 2018

Applications are invited for the above posts to work as a Research Fellow/Research Associate/Research Software Engineer/Senior Research Software Enigineer on the SpiNNaker project. The SpiNNaker architecture is optimized to support the simulation of simple (point-like) neurons and their connections (or synapses). This architecture now has a world-wide user base, drawn to a reliable and flexible platform for real-time neural network simulation; this community is comprised of both traditional computational neuroscientists and also scientists and engineers from application areas such as robotics.

The position is funded by the EU Flagship “Human Brain Project” which aims to provide researchers worldwide with ICT tools and mathematical models to assist with understanding the function of the human brain and for emulating its computational capabilities. Although the HBP project itself is expected to run to 31 March 2023, the current funding to support the posts advertised is until 31 March 2018.

You will join the SpiNNaker team, part of the Advanced Processor Technologies (APT) group within the School of Computer Science at Manchester. The APT group is a world-leading research centre, continuing the long and distinguished record of the University of Manchester in the field of Computer Architecture. This record includes the development of the world's first stored program computer, the first floating point hardware, the invention of virtual memory and the building of the first practical Dataflow computer. The group's high international research profile has attracted a great deal of UK and EU funding and resulted in significant industrial collaboration. The APT staff have significant expertise in computer architecture, system software and neuromorphic engineering, which is demonstrated by its extensive industrial impact (e.g. the ICL Goldrush Database server, Amulet processors for ARM Ltd., and Transitive Corporation, now IBM Manchester, and Silistix Ltd. spin offs).

We are seeking motivated and experienced individuals to work primarily on the software for the SpiNNaker platform, with knowledge of one or more aspects of Python/High-level-language software development, C/C++, Java, ARM assembler, fixed-point arithmetic and numerical analysis, PyNN, NEST, and neuromorphic engineering. A demonstrable ability to work on a large software project as part of a development team will be essential.

It is essential that you possess proven software development ability, a PhD or other equivalent experience. For the Research Fellow position, post-doctoral experience (or equivalent) is expected.

More information can be found at:

The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CV's or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name:  Dr David Lester, Senior Lecturer Advanced Processor Technologies


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

Date of external posting: 11 November 2016

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Further Particulars


This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.