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Research Associate (3 years post) – Adaptive Brokerage for the Cloud

School of Computing and Communications
Salary:   £27,285 to £31,604
Closing Date:   Monday 04 December 2017
Interview Date:   Thursday 07 December 2017
Reference:  A2083

A 3-year post-doctoral Research Associate post is available, linked to the EPSRC-funded “Adaptive Brokerage for the Cloud (ABC)” project, a collaboration between Lancaster University and the University of St Andrews. The post is full-time, is available for a start on 2-Jan-2018, and will end on 31-Dec-2020.

Cloud computing has quickly become the de facto means of deploying large-scale systems in a robust and cost-effective manner. In the public cloud computing market, there is a large set of competing companies offering what appear on the surface to be very similar services. Application developers must manually decide where, when and how to deploy, manage and scale a cloud-based application. Subsequently, there is a need for automated tools to simplify and support such decision making process in an adaptive manner.

The ABC project focuses on developing an adaptive cloud brokerage framework to act as an intermediary between end users and cloud service providers in order to enhance service delivery and value. Such brokerage will open up an entirely new multi-cloud marketplace, allowing applications to be simply deployed to the optimal provider and resource type, reducing complexity, vendor lock-in, and computational running costs.

You will be responsible for researching, and engineering a scalable, maintainable multi-cloud brokerage framework. This will involve research on topics including cloud infrastructure and container-based systems, benchmarking, machine learning and predictive modelling. 

You will be based in the MetaLab Group at the School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University, UK. MetaLab is an internationally renowned distributed systems research group with research in domains such as middleware, cloud computing, and fog computing. You will also be integrated into the wider School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University, and will work closely with our partners in the University of St Andrews. You will also lead dissemination activities and will be expected to publish software solutions and system evaluation in high impact distributed systems and cloud computing journals and conferences, e.g., Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, Transactions on Cloud Computing, European Conference on Computer Systems (EuroSys), etc.

This is a unique opportunity to work at the cutting edge of cloud-computing research and to engineer tools that will have immediate application with industrial partners. Come join us in Lancaster. For informal enquiries, you are encouraged to contact Professor Gordon Blair ( and Dr Yehia Elkhatib (

We particularly welcome applications from women and black and minority ethnic people for this role in order to increase our staff diversity in this part of the University

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

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