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Research Associate / Research Fellow (MARCH Project)

Computer Science
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
32,817 - 49,553 a year
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To be confirmed
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Role Description


A cross-disciplinary team of researchers from the Universities of York and Sheffield are working together on an exciting new EPSRC-funded project, MARCH (Magnetic Architectures for Reservoir Computing Hardware), to design and use magnetic materials as embodied reservoir computers, developing novel multi-reservoir architectures, and applying them to real world tasks including robot control.

Such devices have been demonstrated in the individual small scale.  Our aim is to develop scaled-up embodied Reservoir Computing (RC), including a new design methodology and hardware platform for multi-reservoir devices, that can be exploited to design low power, robust, flexible, and efficient smart sensing and other ‘edge-computing’ devices in a diverse range of materials.

To achieve this, we will develop new multi-RC design tools, and will design, test and manufacture combinations of nanomagnetic RCs.

We are recruiting a team of outstanding postdoctoral researchers in Unconventional Computing, Analogue Electronic Engineering, and Magnetic Materials Science, to work with us on the leading edge research needed to achieve the MARCH project’s ambitious objectives.


In this role you will:

  • conduct research and contribute to the production of research
  • simulations developed by the partners, design and evaluate magnetic hardware configurations that can exhibit a wide range of reservoir properties, and also design and evaluate novel reservoir computer architectures
  • collaborate with the other project researchers to develop the demonstrator applications
  • assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects   
  • co-supervise summer intern students
  • assist with undergraduate teaching (Grade 6 only)
  • analyse and interpret research data
  • write up research results and disseminate results through publications, seminar, conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities

Additional Grade 7 duties include:

  • Participate actively in the planning and management of research projects, including supervising the work of others and providing expert advice and guidance
  • Contribute to and/or lead the obtaining of external research funding
  • Contribute to the public understanding of research and scholarship    

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

For a Grade 6 role holder, we require:

  • PhD, or equivalent research experience, in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or similar technical area
  • Excellent research software development skills, including testing, versioning, and integration with other tools
  • Desire to work in a cross-disciplinary team
  • An interest in unconventional computing
  • Knowledge of Artificial Neural Networks and/or Reservoir Computing and robotics applications
  •  Experience of carrying out independent and collaborative research
  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies

For a Grade 7 role holder, you will also need:

  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • Experience of undertaking publicly evidenced high quality research
  • Collaborative ethos
  • Willingness to work proactively with colleagues in other work areas/institutions

By applying, you are agreeing that we can share your information with The University of Sheffield. In your cover letter, list examples of how you fulfil each of the role requirements.

Interview date: tbc

For informal enquiries: please contact Professor Susan Stepney on

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