Database Senior Engineer/Principal Engineer

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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 more than 194,000 employees, and we operate in more than 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. The company’s commitment to investment in R&D in the UK, through university partnerships or bespoke facilities such as the photonics centre in Ipswich, will keep the country at the forefront of global digital innovation. And through this commitment, the UK will play an increasingly significant role in helping Huawei 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 centres around the globe. In the UK, we already have design centres in Cambridge, London, Edinburgh, Ipswich and Bristol. 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

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. 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 Database 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 to the Database team, 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:

  • Perform systems research and empirical science on current and future data management and processing systems.
  • Analyse and understand requirements for the next generation of database storage and query processing engines.
  • Design, implement, and deploy key technical building blocks for the next generation of data management and processing systems.
  • Explore and advance the latest data management and processing frameworks for both Huawei Cloud and Huawei devices.


  • 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.
  • 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).

What we offer

  • 33 days annual leave entitlement per year (including UK public holidays)
  • Group Personal Pension
  • Life insurance
  • Private medical insurance
  • Medical expense claim scheme
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Company sports club and social events
  • Corporate retail discounts
  • Flexible working
  • Additional time off for learning and development
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