Database Engineer/Senior Engineer (PAYE Contractor)

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Our vision and mission is to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.

About Huawei Research and Development UK Limited

Founded in 1987, Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. We have 207,000 employees and operate in over 170 countries and regions, serving more than three billion people around the world.

Our vision and mission is to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world. To this end, we will drive ubiquitous connectivity and promote equal access to networks; bring cloud and artificial intelligence to all four corners of the earth to provide superior computing power where you need it, when you need it; build digital platforms to help all industries and organizations become more agile, efficient, and dynamic; redefine user experience with AI, making it more personalized for people in all aspects of their life, whether they’re at home, in the office, or on the go.

This spirit of innovation has led Huawei to work in close partnership with leading academic institutions in the UK to develop and refine the latest technologies. With a shared commitment to innovation and progress, both parties have worked together to achieve common goals and establish a strong partnership. The partnership between UK and Huawei help to develop the technologies of the future that will transform the way we all communicate, work and live.

For the past 30 years we have maintained an unwavering focus, rejecting shortcuts and easy opportunities that don’t align with our core business. With a practical approach to everything we do, we concentrate our efforts and invest patiently to drive technological breakthroughs.

This strategic focus is a reflection of our core values:

  • staying customer-centric,
  • inspiring dedication,
  • persevering,
  • Growing by reflection

Huawei Research and Development UK Limited Overview

Huawei’s vision is a fully connected, intelligent world. To achieve this, we work to inspire passion for basic research around the world. Our combined passion drives development across the global innovation value chain. Huawei has the largest Research and Development organization in the world with 96,000+ employees in research centers around the globe. In the UK, we already have design centers in Cambridge, London, Edinburgh and Ipswich. We continue to explore and define new research directions and new services. We have expanded our collaborations with academic researchers; researched new network architectures, integration of communications and key enabling technologies; and developed the fundamental theories of these technologies. We invite you to join us on this exciting journey and drive your career forward.

Job Summary

Huawei Institute of Strategic Research together with the Database team within the Huawei Edinburgh Research Centre researches and develops next generation transactional and analytical data management systems for Huawei and Huawei devices. The successful candidates will not only working on specific researches, but also usually have opportunities to discussing with other world-class experts. As such, we are looking to recruit people with experience or interest in one or more of: query planning and optimisation, query execution engines, data storage and indexing engines, concurrency control mechanisms, hardware-software co-design, concurrent/parallel algorithms and data structures, distributed and/or decentralised systems and protocols, benchmarking and performance analysis, and programming/query languages and compilers.

Job Purpose

Working as part of the Huawei Institute of Strategic Research European team will involve empirical computer science research within the Huawei Edinburgh Research Centre, and external cooperation with local universities and other academic/research institutions. In addition, the Edinburgh Research Centre comprises teams working on programming languages, compilers, knowledge graphs, positioning and navigation, and (cloud) systems infrastructure. Additionally, our researchers routinely collaborate with academics/researchers, as well as with Huawei expert teams, in the UK and abroad, in areas including but not limited to data systems, AI, cloud computing, hardware acceleration, and networking/telecommunications. This poses an excellent opportunity for highly impactful multi-disciplinary work, as our results are being put into use (directly or indirectly) in the extensive array of Huawei products and services.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Analyze the potential value, technical breakthrough and technical difficulties of new technologies on future database management systems researches. Make in-depth technology and industry analysis reports, providing an overview reference for the strategic decision-making.
  • Analyse and understand requirements for the next generation of data storage and query processing engines.
  • Explore the latest database system frameworks for Huawei/Huawei devices.
  • Involve in tracking the latest technology achievements in the related fields through international conferences, publications and business exhibitions, etc.
  • Organize seminars and workshops in related fields and maintain regular technical exchanges with academic and business partners.

This job description is only an outline of the tasks, responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. The jobholder will carry out any other duties as may be reasonably required by his/her line manager. The job description and personal specification may be reviewed on an ongoing basis in accordance with the changing needs of Huawei Research and Development UK Limited.


  • Have a solid computer science background.
  • Be comfortable with research methodology.
  • Be comfortable with system design and implementation.
  • Be data-driven.
  • Be proficient in one or more system-level programming languages (C/C++, Rust, etc.).
  • Be proficient in one or more of the areas specified in above Job Summary.
  • Proficient in English or Mandarin, include verbal and writing and ambition to deliver outstanding results.
  • Have participated in the implementation of (aspects of) a database management system or systems of a similar low-level nature (e.g., operating systems, compilers etc.).


  • Have published papers at top peer-reviewed conferences or journals in fields related to the above (desired but not essential).
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