Postdoctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) for Smarter Data management in Earth-Science
University of Reading Department of Computer Science
United Kingdom

Location: Reading
Salary: £30,395 to £39,609 per annum (Grade 6)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 19th July 2019
Closes: 20th August 2019
Job Ref: SRF29662

Interview date: 29/08/19

Hours per week: 1.00FTE


The efficient processing of massive amounts of data is challenging for scientists. We are seeking for a PostDoc that continues our effort for smarter Data management for Earth-Science by contributing to a EU project.

Developing the research work on the project ESiWACE2, the Centre of Excellence in Climate and Weather.

This is a postdoctoral research role to contribute to and develop the research work on the project ESiWACE2, the Centre of Excellence in Simulation of Weather and Climate in Europe. The main goal of the ESiWACE project are to:

Enable leading European weather and climate models to leverage the available performance of pre-exascale systems with regard to both compute and data capacity.
Prepare the weather and climate community to be able to make use of exascale systems when they become available.
Efficient data management is a key for the effective simulation and the main concern of this job offer.

In the project, we will develop and extend data management tools that provide an efficient usage of a heterogeneous storage landscape and deploy them on production systems.

As part of the first phase of the project, we have researched and developed a middleware to manage data more intelligently, this RD&E is continued as part of this job.

You will have:
A PhD (or soon obtain a PhD) in Computer science or a natural science
Good programming skills in the C programming language
Experience with a Linux environment
Some knowledge aof storage systems or data management
We welcome candidates that:

Have a strong background of storage systems or middleware (e.g., NetCDF)
Are knowledgable in High-Performance Computing.
Understand a scientific domain, particularly in Climate/Weather
Are experienced in working on research projects
Informal contact details

Contact role: Project PI
Contact name: Julian Kunkel
Contact phone: +44 118 378 8218
Contact email:

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role: Project PI
Contact name: Bryan Lawrence
Contact phone: +44 118 378 6507
Contact email:

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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