Route Monkey Ltd and Heriot-Watt University


Optimization Software Developers

Salary 26,000 to 36,000, depending on qualifications and experience


Full time, to start 1st March 2015 (or asap thereafter)


Two posts are available:

Associate 1: 36 months;

Associate 2: 24 months

Route Monkey Ltd develop software that specialises in solving complex mobility problems, by optimising various assets (such as vehicles, storage, drivers), using intelligent algorithms and unique applications. Route Monkey Ltd and Heriot-Watt University are undertaking a collaborative project to develop new, scalable, and flexible techniques, based on the latest academic research, for solving logistics optimisation problems in the vehicle/fleet scheduling and routing sector. Two talented and ambitious developers are sought to help drive this project, to work with academic and industry specialists to build effective new logistics software systems.


Both Associates will be located in the offices of Route Monkey Ltd, Livingston, and will be employees of Heriot-Watt University, with desk-space and full access to appropriate resources (such as library and computing) at HWU in Edinburrgh. As KTP Associates, the post-holders will benefit from an enhanced professional development package.

Key duties and responsibilities

Each postholder will be responsible for managing and delivering their specific project, which, broadly speaking, will include: (i)Developing new logistics optimization software for a specified type of problem; (ii) integrating that software with existing systems; (iii) testing and documentation; (iv) development of user guides, marketing, and associated material.

Person specification

Candidates should ideally have an MSc in numerate areas, with both qualifications involving significant software development. e.g. BSc in Computer Science, MSc in Artificial Intelligence. A working knowledge of optimization algorithms and experience with software development is essential. It will also be desirable if the candidates have prior knowledge of operations research, multi-criteria optimization, and/or heuristics. Candidates must be comfortable working to tight deadlines, working with a team, and able to communicate complex ideas effectively in person and in writing.

How to apply

In the first instance, send an email expressing your interest in to Prof David Corne (

Closing date for applications will be the 14th February 2015, and successful candidates will be expected to begin work on 1st March 2015 or asap thereafter.