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Senior Research Associate: Data Science for Sustainable Computing

School of Computing and Communications
Salary:   £34,804 to £40,322
Closing Date:   Wednesday 30 June 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A3383

This post is available for 18 months starting from August 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.  

We are seeking candidates with expertise in Data Science or Sustainable Computing to analyze the manifestation and reasoning behind global ICT footprint growth at both processor-level and at national scale.

This post is part of an EPSRC Fellowship, a £1m UK-funded project with an exciting vision to revolutionize energy and sustainability research in computing to reduce overall energy consumption and global emissions from ICT. Large-scale ICT systems (Cloud datacenters, Machine Learning systems, IoT, network infrastructure) generate a substantial ICT footprint, and are a significant contributor to climate change. Conventional approaches in Computer Science tackle this problem via enhancing ICT energy-efficiency, however in many instances will increase the overall ICT footprint due higher demand and the Rebound Effect. This project aims to transform the research landscape in green computing by realigning focus on computer energy-efficiency, and instead towards computer exergy. Key duties of this post include: 

  • Conduct original research to analyze and model ICT footprint manifestation within large-scale ICT systems at both micro and macro-scale. 
  • Contribute to international reputation of the project through high quality and impactful publications. 
  • Provide mentorship and collaborative research with PhD students. 
  • Interact with academic and industry partners within the project.  

You will have a PhD in Computer Science, Mathematics, or equivalent and proven experience in Data Science or sustainable computing. You will be confident in conducting statistical analysis, handling large sets of heterogeneous data sources, and have a good programming background. Experience with qualitative research methods is desirable, however not essential.

For more information, candidates are strongly encouraged to first contact Dr. Peter Garraghan ( and visit EDS Lab (  

Lancaster University is a top-10 UK University. The School of Computing and Communications in which TAS-S is based was ranked 7th in the UK in terms of “world-leading and internationally excellent” research by the UK government’s REF2014 evaluation. Lancaster University is TEF Gold, Times/Sunday Times University of the Year (2018) and Times/Sunday Times International University of the Year (2020). Candidates would join the Evolving Distributed Systems Laboratory (EDS Lab) -- a rapidly expanding research group to design and engineer sustainable and resilient computing. Our lab contains state-of-the-art facilities including a 150-machine CPU & GPU datacenter with full environmental control dedicated entirely to experimentation, a wide selection of environmental sensor devices, and research supported by companies including Microsoft Research, Alibaba, and BT. 

You will join us on an indefinite contract. However, the role remains contingent on external funding which, for this position, will initially be for 18-months 

 We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognizes and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research. We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.  

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We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The University recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address all inequality in higher education.


We warmly welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their age, religion, gender identity or expression, race, disability or sexual orientation, and are committed to promoting diversity, and equality of opportunity.



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