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Senior Research Associate/Research Associate: Computational Environment Science (Models in the Cloud)

Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary:   £26,537 to £37,768
Closing Date:   Thursday 30 June 2016
Interview Date:   Monday 25 July 2016
Reference:  A1550

An exciting opportunity exists for a research position in computational environmental science, working on a cross-disciplinary research project investigating the support offered by cloud computing for the execution of potentially complex environmental models.

This is an area of huge significance, with environmental modelling being the key tool to evaluate uncertainty, risk assessment, and mitigation strategies around flood/drought, food security and the impact of climate change. You would be joining part of a growing team looking at digital technology and its impact on understanding and managing the natural environment (with external funding of £3.35m).

In the project, we particularly focus on the principles and techniques in the key area of Platform as a Service (or PaaS), effectively the middleware for cloud computing. The central insight is that services at the PaaS level need to be more carefully tailored to the needs of key application domains, in our case for the execution of complex environmental models.  We advocate a novel approach based on a combination of model-driven engineering coupled with software frameworks and argue that this enables a paradigm shift in terms of the flexible and tailored support offered by cloud computing for given application domains.

Our partners include people in charge of developing CESM and UKESM, providing an opportunity to influence the next generation of world-class Earth System Models, as well as key players involved in floor risk assessment modelling.

For this particular position, we are seeking a domain expert in the area of environmental modelling. Ideally you will have experience of different areas of modelling, as well as a desire to develop research interests in the computational aspects of the models, including their cloud execution. Experience of designing simulations for model experiments would be an advantage. We are also particularly interested in applicants who are excited by the potential of working at the interface between disciplines.

A PhD or equivalent degree in environmental science/computer science or a closely-related field is required to be eligible for these positions.  You will have a track record of high-quality publications in areas of relevance to the project and the willingness to undertake ambitious and challenging research. 

This position is being advertised together with a research position in distributed systems and middleware (A1548), and a research position in software engineering (A1547).

All positions fixed term contracts for 36 months.

Interested candidates should contact Prof. Gordon Blair for informal inquiries (g.blair@lancaster.ac.uk).

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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