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Research Assistant/Associate (PostDoc) in Program Parallelisation (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 32 months.

Research Assistant: £25,728-£29,799 or Research Associate: £31,604-£38,833.

* The Project * Applications are invited for a Research Assistant or Associate to work on program parallelisation.

Our research group focuses on schemes to extract parallelism from applications. This project seeks to extract thread-level parallelism from program binaries. We are developing schemes to identify, realise and exploit parallelism using static analysis and a dynamic binary optimiser. We seek candidates that will perform research in this area, including data dependence analysis, transactional memory, runtime optimisation, application profiling, just-in-time compilation and binary specialisation.

The successful candidate will complement our existing research in these directions. They will analyse, develop and implement features and optimisations that will improve the performance and utility of our software tools. They will pursue research into dynamic binary modification and translation alongside parallelisation approaches. The aim is to publish articles on the techniques developed and to open-source all software during the course of the project.

* Research Group * Our group is a growing team of PostDocs and PhD students investigating performance, reliability and energy-efficiency in future many-core systems. The position is within the Computer Architecture Research Group at the University of Cambridge Department of Computer Science and Technology in a joint project with Cancer Research UK and ARM. Collaboration with researchers at other universities and industry around the world is encouraged and there are strong links within the group with local companies.

* Candidates * We seek candidates with a strong background in Computer Science, with an interest in binary translation or just-in-time compilation. Knowledge of a related area would be advantageous. Candidates should provide evidence of relevant work, where possible, and must demonstrate a desire to perform internationally-leading research and to publish in the top conferences in the area. This position can be filled by an appropriate candidate at Research Assistant or Research Associate level, depending on relevant qualifications and experience. Appointment at research associate level is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience). Where a PhD has yet to be awarded appointment will initially be made as a research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded.

The funds are available for a start date as soon as possible but some flexibility on this can be arranged.

More information is available from Dr Timothy Jones, email

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

You will need to upload a full Curriculum Vitae (CV) and covering letter outlining your relevant past experience. If there are specific areas you would like to research, please indicate these in the letter. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference NR14507 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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