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Two post-doctoral research associate positions on innovative middleware for high-assurance cloud applications in geographically distributed infrastructures
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Two post-doctoral research associate positions on innovative middleware for high-assurance cloud applications in geographically distributed infrastructures

Summary

  • 2 postdoc positions in Cloud and Large Scale Systems team @ UCLouvain
  • In a top research university in Belgium, just south of Brussels
  • Starting date 1/6/2019 or earlier
  • Both positions fully funded for up to two years
  • Topics: distributed systems, cloud platforms, microservices, adaptation
  • Please forward to potential candidates!

We invite applications for two fully-funded post-doctoral research associate positions at UCLouvain, Belgium. Both positions are for a duration of 2 years.

Context and objectives

Cloud infrastructures are undergoing an evolution from single-site data centers to a more distributed and heterogeneous infrastructure spanning multiple sites. We see the advent of novel micro data-centers and resources hosted closer to the edge of the network, complementing core data centers. There are multiple advantages to using these infrastructure. However, building applications that can leverage geographical spread and proximity to end users is a challenging task for application developers. This is particularly true when deployment conditions and workloads may change over time.

The objective of the research will be to enable efficient support of applications and their dynamic adaptation in multi-site cloud infrastructures. The research will target three complementary goals:

  • A first goal will be to offer novel storage services for cloud applications, enabling decoupled state management and guaranteeing consistency.
  • A second goal will be to allow the monitoring and adaptation at runtime of applications, allowing automated and transparent placement and scaling.
  • A third goal will be to build the support middleware allowing the orchestration and communication of distributed applications constituents, based on eventcentric and content-based communication.

The research will target modern cloud programming paradigms, and in particular micro-services paired with managed storage and communication services.

The two postdoc associates roles will be as follows:

Position 1. State management and dynamic placement

Your goal will be to develop distributed data management solutions based on existing cloud storage systems, allowing application programmers to access application state in a decoupled and consistent manner, and to design runtime mechanisms allowing automated decisions on placement and scaling of micro-services and their state.

Keywords: Cloud storage, Elasticity, Adaptation

Position 2. Support middleware for multi-site applications.

Your goal will be to design the cloud communication mechanisms for the orchestration of multi-site cloud applications based on efficient and dependable event-based communication, and the application of principles from domain-driven engineering adapted to micro-services applications (e.g. event sourcing).

Keywords: Cloud communication, Event-based systems, Dependability

Each postdoc will be in charge of leading and implementing the scientific aspects of her/his research objectives. It is also expected that the two postdocs collaborate, on common research but also for the construction and maintenance of open-source software artifacts. Research may also involve PhD and Masters students working together with the postdocs.

Working conditions

UCLouvain (Université catholique de Louvain) is a top-ranked research university in Belgium. The post-doctoral research associates will be integrated to the ICTEAM research institute and its INGI computer science department. INGI features 10 professors and more than 40 researchers active in various domains including cloud computing, networking, distributed systems, or security.

https://uclouvain.be/en/research-institutes/icteam

The working place will be Louvain-la-Neuve, a one-of-its-kind city and university campus located just south of Brussels, and home to more than 20.000 students. The two positions are funded by the Belgian/Wallonia research funding agency (FNRS) in the context of the DAPOCA fundamental research project.

Salaries includes full medical insurance and are highly competitive at the European level. They will take into account past experience of the research associates.

Expected profiles

We are looking for candidates with research interests and expertise in a combination of distributed systems, middleware, cloud computing and data management.

The candidates will be expected to have significant experience in developing distributed software and running large-scale evaluations. They should master state-of-the-art tools for software development and collaboration. Evidence of significant contribution to (open source) software is a clear plus.

Applicants must have a PhD in Computer Science at the time they start the position, be fluent in English, have good abilities to work in an international setting. French is not a requirement for the positions, but support will be given should a candidate would want to learn the language.

Selected candidates should commit to be available to travel to conferences worldwide to present research results, and participate to collective activities of the lab, which may include moderate teaching assistantship.

Application details

Both positions are expected to start on June 1, 2019 or earlier.

The call is open from January 25, 2019. Candidates screening and interviews (on Skype) will start from March 1, 2019. The positions will remain open until the appropriate candidates are selected.

Interested and potential candidates are warmly encouraged to contact Prof Riviere prior to sending a full application to discuss the details and objectives of the positions, and identify common research interests.

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to Prof Etienne Riviere (etienne.riviere@uclouvain.be), including:

  1. Curriculum vitae;
  2. List of 2-3 reference persons and their e-mail addresses (we ask for recommendation letters ourselves: letters sent by the candidates will be disregarded);
  3. Transcripts of graduate studies and PhD reports;
  4. Links to Masters and PhD thesis;
  5. List of publications and links to PDF (not behind a paywall). Please send both a comprehensive list of publications as well as the list of up to three ones that you consider the most important. For each of these important publications, give the detail of your personal contribution and involvement.
  6. Links to examples of personal software contributions.

All documents must be sent in pdf format.

Advisor

Prof Etienne Riviere

Cloud and Large Scale Computing Group

UCLouvain/ICTEAM

Louvain-la-Neuve

Belgium

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