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Research Associate in Just-in-Time Domain-Specific Compiler Optimisations for Data Analytics at Imperial College London
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Imperial College London
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Salary in the range: £36,800 - £40,840 per annum*Full time, fixed term appointment up to 30th June 2019 to start on 1st April 2018 or as soon as possible thereafterWe are seeking to hire a postdoctoral researcher interested in working on novel compiler technology to support usability and performance in interactive data analytics. The successful candidate will work jointly with the Software Performance Optimisation group and the Data Science Institute, under the direction of Prof Paul Kelly and Dr David Birch, in a collaborative project with Filigree Ltd, a startup in this field.The research will focus on delivering domain-specific performance optimisation, including unboxing, loop fusion, tiling, parallelisation and GPU acceleration through JIT using LLVM.This technology will enable optimisation, model analysis and design space exploration and put these tools in the hands of everyday people.The goal of the research is to explore how just-in-time code generation can be used to achieve a seamless and immediate user experience that scales from small desktop data exploration up to cloud-based execution of complex analytics.The research will involve performance optimisation in code generation and loop nest restructuring on table-based data.There are also research challenges in optimising the time spent compiling, for example through management of a cache of compiled code fragments, and in achieving seamless offload onto cloud-based resources.While the project as a whole has clear deliverables, this position provides significant freedom to the postdoctoral researcher to shape the course of the research.To apply, you will need to have:A strong computer systems and software engineering background, ideally with experience in compiler design and implementation.Candidates are also expected to have a proven research record and publications in the relevant areas.Applicants must have either a PhD (or equivalent) in an area pertinent to the subject area, orhave demonstrated relevant experience involving research-level expertise. Excellent pre-doctoral candidates wishing to undertake doctoral studies in this research area will also be considered.Candidates will have excellent communication skills and be able to organise their own work with minimal supervision and prioritise work to meet deadlines. All applicants must be fluent in spoken and writtenEnglish.* Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 - £34,040 per annum.For informal inquiries about this position please contact Prof Paul H J Kelly ().How to apply:For further details on this opportunity visit our Jobs website and search using vacancy reference number ENG00214. In addition to completing the online application, candidates should attach:A full CV including a publicationlist.A two-page research statement indicating what you see are interesting research issues relating to the above post and why your expertise isrelevant.Transcripts of all higher-education degreeresults.The names and contact information of at least two referees who can provide letters ofrecommendation.Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Georgina Tennant: Closing Date: 15th March 2018 (midnight) Imperial Managers lead by example.Committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Two Ticks Employer, and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people
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