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Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) for Smarter Data management in Earth-Science
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF26777

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 17/02/2019

Job live date: 09/01/2019

Salary: £31,302 - £35,211 pro rata per annum

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of Mathematical Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Computer Science

Hours per week: 1.0 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full-Time, Fixed Term

The efficient processing of massive amounts of data is challenging for scientists. We are seeking a PostDoc that continues our effort for smarter Data management for Earth-Science by contributing to a EU project.

Developing the research work on the project ESiWACE, the Centre of Excellence in Simulation of Weather and Climate in Europe

This is a post-doctoral research role to contribute to and develop the research work on the project ESiWACE, the Centre of Excellence in Simulation of Weather and Climate in Europe. The main goal of the ESiWACE project are to:

(1) Enable leading European weather and climate models to leverage the available performance of pre-exascale systems with regard to both compute and data capacity in 2021.

(2) Prepare the weather and climate community to be able to make use of exascale systems when they become available.

Efficient data management is a key for the effective simulation and the main concern of this job offer. In the project, we will develop and extend data management tools that provide an efficient usage of a heterogeneous storage landscape and deploy them on production systems.

This is a 5 month contract beginning in March 2019.

As part of the project, we have started to build a middleware to manage data more intelligently, this RD&E is continued as part of this job. Note that the second phase of EsiWACE will be funded as a follow up of this project, which will allow the candidate to apply for a follow up position. 

You will have:

  • A PhD (or working towards completion) in Computer science or a natural science

  • Good programming skills in the C programming language

  • Experience with a Linux environment

  • Some knowledge of storage systems or data management

We welcome candidates that

  • Have a strong background of storage systems or middleware (NetCDF, HDF5)

  • Are knowledgeable in High-Performance Computing

  • Understand a scientific domain, particularly in Climate/Weather

  • Are experienced in working on research projects

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Project PI

Contact role:

Project PI

Contact name:

Julian Kunkel

Contact name:

Bryan Lawrence

Contact phone:

+44 118 378 8218

Contact phone:

+44 118 378 6507

Contact email:

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Interview date TBC

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN.  Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.


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