The University of Edinburgh: HiGHS Senior Optimization Solver Developer

HiGHS Senior Optimization Solver Developer

United Kingdom (100% On-campus)



  • Job Identification8647
  • Job CategoryTechnical
  • Posting Date10/05/2023, 06:36 AM
  • Apply Before10/19/2023, 06:59 PM
  • Job ScheduleFull time
  • Locations James Clerk Maxwell Building, Edinburgh, EH9 3FD, GB (100% On-campus)
  • Health and Safety RequirementsNo key hazards identified for this post
  • Criminal Record CheckNo criminal record check required
  • Contract TypeFixed Term


HiGHS Senior Optimization Solver Developer

UE08 £45,585 - £54,395 per annum

School of Mathematics

Full time, 35 hours per week

Fixed term, 3 years

This position offers the opportunity to join the team developing the HiGHS open-source linear optimization software in a key role. The tools in HiGHS where there is a clear need for development work are the interior point and MIP solvers. Over the past four years, HiGHS has established itself as a leader amongst software of its kind across the world, and its advent has been welcomed with great enthusiasm by users and developers of modelling systems and solver interfaces. Thus, by contributing much-needed core solver technology to HiGHS, the work of the post-holder is guaranteed to have a high profile and lasting impact. In any optimization software team, retention of its key developers is of great value, so it is the aim of the HiGHS team for this position to become open-ended.

Your skills and attributes for success:

As the main developer for HiGHS, the postholder will contribute significantly to the profile of HiGHS in the world of open-source optimization software. The fulfillment of support and consultancy services consistent with the position will also be part of the role.

You will have completed the relevant qualifications in Mathematical Sciences involving the efficient and robust implementation of algorithms for the solution of large scale, sparse problems in linear optimization or numerical linear algebra, and be fluent in the use of C++.

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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.

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The 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.

Informal enquiries can be made by contacting Dr Julian Hall, email

Key dates to note:

We anticipate that interviews will be held within three weeks of the application deadline.

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