Part-time Research Assistant in Blockchain

Job summary

The Department of Computing is a leading department of Computer Science among UK Universities, and has consistently been awarded the highest research rating. In the 2014 REF assessment, The Department was ranked third (1st in the Research Intensity table published by The Times Higher), and was rated as "Excellent" in the previous national assessment of teaching quality. The Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG00613
  • Date posted 26 November 2018
  • Closing date 2 January 2019

Job description

Job summary

The Department of Computing is a leading department of Computer Science among UK Universities, and has consistently been awarded the highest research rating. In the 2014 REF assessment, The Department was ranked third (1st in the Research Intensity table published by The Times Higher), and was rated as "Excellent" in the previous national assessment of teaching quality. The Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering was established in April 2015 as a joint initiative of the Department of Computing and the Faculty of Engineering in recognition of the potential for blockchain and smart contract technology to fundamentally change the way human society deals with contracts, identity, patents, copyright, supply chains, votes, and more.

An opportunity has arisen for a Research Assistant to join the Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering to work on the Innovate UK project “Smart Contract & Productivity Platform for Livestock” which, together with industry partners Breedr and Dunbia, will explore how blockchain technology can be applied to enhance food supply chains.

Duties and responsibilities

The post holder will work under the supervision of Prof William Knottenbelt on topics related to distributed ledgers, blockchain protocols and smart contracts and their applications in food supply chains.

Essential requirements

To apply for this position, you will have a strong bachelors or master’s degree in computer science, or closely related discipline, and a passion for exploring the frontiers of technology. You must have excellent communication and written skills and be able to organise your own work and prioritise work to meet deadlines. The ideal candidate will have some background in blockchain, distributed ledger or smart contract technology, having for example pursued a group or individual project in this domain.

Further information

Applications must include the following:

  • A full CV
  • A 2-page research statement indicating what you see are interesting research issues relating to the above post and why your expertise is relevant.

Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Jamie Perrins on: j.perrins@imperial.ac.uk

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.