Research Assistant in Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Queen’s University Belfast United Kingdom

Queen’s University Belfast
Research Assistant
Ref: 19/107120
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The specific role will be involved in research assisting the optimisation challenge of television media advertisement scheduling for a large media corporation (Channel 4) in which the optimisation is concentrated on multi-objective goals of Value (revenue) and Fairness (across all advertisers). The approach required must run in a practical time, allow for last-minute (or daily) schedule runs and consider a wide range of exceptions and business logic. Current systems are not fit for purpose and the research is involved with improving and replacing these using novel research scheduling and optimisation techniques.

The Research Assistant will work closely with other researchers on this project and the commercial team to facilitate the goals of the project. They will also be responsible for disseminating the results of this work to the wider research community and assist in the work on the REF Impact Case Study as part of the overall project aims.

This post is available for 12 months.

The successful candidate must have:

• Degree or equivalent in subject relevant to research activity, preferably with knowledge in the area of Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning.
• Practical experience in qualitative and quantitative analysis.
• Sufficient specialist knowledge on the research area of Optimisation and search techniques for complex constraint-based problems.
• Demonstrable experience in developing frameworks and testing them.
• Ability to generate innovative ideas that contribute to excellence in learning.
• Ability to plan a project and deliver it to agreed timelines and ability to work with minimum supervision as well as part of a team.

Salary scale: £27,831 - £32,236 per annum (potential to progress to £35,210 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution)

Closing date: Tuesday 19 February 2019

Apply online at For further information or assistance contact Human Resources, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. It therefore welcomes applications from all sections of society and particularly welcomes applications from people with a disability.

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.

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