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Research Associate

School of Computing

Location:  Canterbury
Salary:  £34,804 to £39,152 per annum
Grade:  Grade 7
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term - 24 Months
Release Date:  Wednesday 17 February 2021
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Sunday 18 April 2021  (unless otherwise stated)
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  CEMS-005-20-R

The School of Computing wishes to appoint a qualified and highly motivated researcher to work as a Research Associate. You will work on a project titled “CaMELot: Catching and Mitigating Event-Loop Concurrency Issues”, which is funded by an EPSRC UK grant and is led by Dr Stefan Marr.

Your role will be to develop lightweight techniques for detecting a wide range of concurrency issues as run time. One element of this work is to devise optimization strategies for a just-in-time compiled dynamic language. Another element is the development of tools that enable software developers to fix the bugs in their software. To ensure that this research solves relevant problems, we plan to engage with user groups and industrial partners to build a corpus of bugs to better understand the common issue and to enable an evaluation of this research.

You are encouraged to contact Stefan, the principal investigator by email ( if you have any further questions about this post, or if you would like a copy of the full project description.

Closing date 18 April 2021 (although this post may close sooner if sufficient applications are received). 

As a Research Associate you will:

  • develop lightweight race detection techniques based on recognizing heap-access patterns
  • develop techniques for low-overhead run-time mitigation
  • develop tooling to use run-time information for debugging
  • build a corpus of concurrency issues for the evaluation of the research and wider use
  • report the results in academic papers

To succeed in this role you will have:

  • PhD (completed or near completion prior to the start date) in Computer Science with an interest in programming language implementation or equivalent
  • background in programming languages, for instance interpreters, compilers, or virtual machines and/or experience with concurrency and concurrent programming, e.g., in form of shared memory or message passing concurrency

The School of Computing is a welcoming and diverse environment that has been recognised with a Bronze Athena SWAN award. Our staff and students come from all over the world, and we are proud of our friendly and inclusive culture. We support colleagues through a number of family-friendly policies, including a core hours’ policy and the right to apply for flexible working, and support for staff returning from periods of extended absence (for example, parental leave).

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact The Resourcing Team on quoting ref number: CEMS-005-20-R

We particularly welcome applications from female and black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented at this level in this area
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