Two Knowledge Transfer Associate Positions in Model-Based Software Engineering - University of York and Leonardo, UK

by Dimitris Kolovos, Feb. 6, 2023

We invite applications for two 30-month positions in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership on Model-Based Software Engineering between the University of York and Leonardo UK.

Deadline for applications: February 15, 2023

The University of York’s Department of Computer Science and Leonardo UK are collaborating in a 30-month Innovate UK funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), aiming to develop a model-based software architecture digital platform that will support the engineering and delivery of complex systems of systems at Leonardo, and are looking for two KTP Associates to join the project.

Leonardo is a global high-tech company and one of the key players in Aerospace, Defence and Security. Headquartered in Italy, Leonardo has over 45,000 employees, of which 7,000 are based in the UK. York’s Computer Science is a UK top ten research department - according to the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the latest REF results (2021). The Department’s Automated Software Engineering group that the KTP Associate will join, is a global leader in model-based software engineering research, open-source development and knowledge transfer.

The successful applicants will be employed by the University of York and based within Leonardo UK. We welcome applications from candidates who may wish to work fully remotely (from within the UK) or to combine remote and office working, in accordance with the University's remote working policy. You must be eligible for full security clearance. For more information and guidance please visit:

Associate #1

The first associate will contribute to the envisioned digital platform by designing and developing a domain-specific modelling language, supporting graphical/textual modelling tools, interoperability facilities with existing modelling tools used at Leonardo, and model management facilities for activities such as model validation and code generation.

Associate #2

The second associate will contribute to the digital platform by developing a model repository for publishing and reusing component and system models across systems, and a continuous integration/delivery infrastructure that can automate consistency checking and artefact integration and delivery activities.

Both KTP Associates will work closely with each other and with the Leonardo Software Application Framework (LSAF) team and will jointly develop a case study with internal customers to assess the benefits of the new software architecture digital platform.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

- An MSc or PhD in a technological / engineering area related to software or systems engineering (or significant industrial experience).
- A Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Computer Science (at least 2.1) or in a related discipline.
- Experience with object-oriented development using Java (or similar programming languages).
- Experience with modern version control systems (e.g. Git).
- Experience with developing plugins/extensions for integrated development environments (e.g. VS Code, IntelliJ, Eclipse) would be useful but is not essential.
- Experience with domain-specific modelling technologies (e.g. Xtext, Sirius) would be useful but is not essential.
- Proven ability to work under own initiative and as a team player.


- Deadline for applications: February 15, 2023
- Job starting date: Spring/Summer 2023 (flexible)
- Contract duration: 30 months

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For informal enquiries: please contact Professor Dimitris Kolovos on [email protected].

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