Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Computer Sciences

Sydney, Australia
$105,350 - $140,586 + 17% superannuation
28 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
29 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time, fixed term for two years
  • Be part of the Adaptive Key-value Store for Future Extreme Heterogeneous Systems project
  • Base Salary $105,350 - $140,586 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

Established as the first computer science department in Australia, the School of Computer Science (SCS) is research intensive and has a strong tradition of research-led teaching. The School offers undergraduate majors in computer science, information systems, data science, and software development within its flagship Bachelor of Advanced Computing degree and combined degree programs with commerce and science. SCS also offers postgraduate coursework degrees in Information Technology and Information Technology Management, Data Science, and the Master of Health Technology Innovation. SCS is one of the six schools in the Faculty of Engineering, which has a strong position within Australia and worldwide. To learn more about the School click here

We are currently seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate/Research Fellow to be part of a team working on a research project "Adaptive Key-value Store for Future Extreme Heterogeneous Systems", funded as an Australian Research Council Discovery Project. The project looks to design key-value stores to effectively exploit diverse modern hardware configurations, including computation accelerators and storage technologies, with a goal to then help choose a suitable design based on the workload characteristics and the available hardware.

As the Postdoctoral Research Associate your key responsibilities will be to:

  • contribute to the design of key-value stores that exploit modern hardware
  • lead implementation work, involving details of concurrency and data management internals
  • evaluate collect measurements, and diagnose bottlenecks which you will then rectify
  • contribute to writing academic papers and publishing results
  • mentor research students.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who has:

  • a PhD in computer science, computer engineering or a relevant field (or equivalent experience; we will also consider applicants whose thesis will be submitted before they start work on the project, even if thesis examination has not been completed by then)
  • considerable experience in implementation at system level, working carefully with details of concurrency, memory allocation/deallocation, etc
  • experience in evaluating performance, including collecting measurements with benchmark suites, and analysing/interpreting results
  • an understanding of performance characteristics of a variety of modern hardware components
  • the ability to express ideas clearly in writing
  • experience in working collaboratively as part of a team

To be appointed at level B you will need the following experience in addition to the above

  • an awarded PhD plus some additional experience
  • experience in taking initiative in designing systems-level components, and/or in designing experimental evaluation
  • experience in guiding research activities of others

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Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

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Applications Close

Sunday 29 October 2023 11:59 PM

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