Blockchain Engineer

Job Details:

UE07; £35,333 – £42,155 per annum

College of Science and Engineering, School of Informatics

Fixed-term; Available for until 31 st August 2025

Full time; 35hrs per week1 post available

Applications are invited for a Blockchain Engineer, working in the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh. This exciting new role will play a pivotal role working alongside a group of world-leading academics and researchers investigating blockchain/distributed ledger technologies

The Opportunity

The successful candidate will provide fundamental software programming and engineering expertise required to create applications of new metrics for decentralised systems. The candidate will report to the Director of Blockchain Technology Laboratory, Professor Aggelos Kiayias, FRSE and Chair in Cyber Security & Privacy in the School of Informatics.

The candidate will also act as a point of contact between academics, external contacts, and end-users to enhance software applications’ usability, scalability, and functionality.This post is part of the Blockchain Technology Laboratory in the School of Informatics. The Blockchain Technology Laboratory is a network of academics and researchers created in 2016 through the initiative of R&D technology company IOHK. The labs carry out industry-inspired open access research in blockchain technologies and decentralized systems in collaboration with industry and government partners. The School of Informatics is one of seven schools in the College of Science and Engineering, at the University of Edinburgh

.Essential Knowledge, Skills And Experience AreKnowledge, skills and experience

  • Educated to degree standard in computer sciences related field.
  • Scientific or technical programming skills in at least one of the following languages: C/C++, Go, Rust, Python, or Haskell.
  • Experience in software programming and engineering in blockchain/distributed ledger technology sector, including relevant areas: cloud computing, web services, machine learning, numerical simulation, and database design.
  • Ability to understand, conceptualise and interpret research or requirements from staff and students into the design of software solutions.
  • Ability to work productively as part of a team whilst demonstrating effective personal time management.
  • Good communicator with excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • An ability to work, on occasions, to very tight deadlines in a diverse and demanding environment is essential.

The following desirable criteria will be evaluated by the level of proficiency. Recruitment will aim at selecting those candidates with the best possible performance in these criteria.Desirable Knowledge, Skills And Experience Are

  • MSc or PhD in an appropriate technical discipline related to Computer Sciences.

Feedback is only provided to interviewed candidates.Informal enquiries can be addressed to the principal investigator: Aggelos Kiayias: here for a copy of the full job description

As a valued member of our team you can expect:

An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme , staff discounts, family friendly initiatives , flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work webpagesThe University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role.  If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.

About Us

As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.


Informatics is the study of how natural and artificial systems store, process and communicate information. Research in Informatics promises to take information technology to a new level, and to place information at the heart of 21st century science, technology and society. The School enjoys collaborations across many disciplines in the University, spanning all three College, and also participates as a strategic partner in the Alan Turing Institute and, with Heriot-Watt University, in the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics.

The School provides a fertile environment for a wide range of studies focused on understanding computation in both artificial and natural systems. It attracts students around the world to study in our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and currently has approximately 1000 undergraduate students, 320 MSc students and 350 PhD students. Informatics is one of seven schools in the College of Science and Engineering, at the University of Edinburgh.

It is recognised for the employability of its graduates (demand exceeds supply), its contributions to entrepreneurship, and the excellence of its research. Since the first Research Assessment Exercise in 1986, Informatics at Edinburgh has consistently been assessed to have more internationally excellent and world-class research than any other submission in Computer Science and Informatics.

The latest REF 2014 results have again confirmed that ours is the largest concentration of internationally excellent research in the UK. This contributes to our ranking in the top 15 CS departments world-wide according to the latest Times Higher Education ranking.

We aim to ensure that our culture and systems support flexible and family-friendly working and recognise and value diversity across all our staff and students. The School has an active programme offering support and professional development for all staff; providing mentoring, training, and networking opportunities.

The School of Informatics holds a Silver Athena SWAN award, in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education and research.

Job Category: Engineering
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Edinburgh Scotland

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