Research Associate / Senior Research Associate (3 positions)

University of Bristol
Bristol, United Kingdom
£34,304 - £43,434
Closing date
May 19, 2022

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Science, Computer Science and IT, Computer Science
Full Time
Organization Type
University and College
Jobseeker Type
Academic (e.g. 'Lecturer')
The role

Three positions at levels from Research Associate to Senior Research Associate are available in the High-Performance Computing research group at the University of Bristol. These positions are associated with the EPSRC-funded ASiMoV prosperity partnership project. ASiMoV is an exciting collaboration between Rolls-Royce and the universities of Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford and Warwick. ASiMoV's ambition is to enable, for the first time, fully virtual, simulation-based jet engine design, at high enough fidelity to enable virtual certification before production. This is an extremely exciting and challenging computational goal, which we expect to require Exascale levels of performance to achieve. Meeting these goals will also require multiple breakthroughs in multi-physics solvers, algorithms, mini-apps, code generation, optimisation, scientific software and computer architecture. ASiMoV will rely on exploiting future computer architectures in order to deliver the performance required within realistic monetary and power budgets.

The Bristol HPC research group is an internationally leading team, with award-winning research into challenges such as performance portability, parallel programming languages, and advanced computer architectures. We collaborate with exciting academic and industrial partners around the world, and will be exposed to other innovative projects we contribute too, including: the Isambard Arm-based supercomputer service; our Arm centre of excellence; ExCALIBUR, the UK's Exascale software and algorithms initiative, and many more.

What will you be doing?

Based in the Computer Science department, you will carry out research in one or more relevant areas involving developing and applying advanced computer architectures to solve Exascale multi-physics problems relevant to ASiMoV's science goals. The first area would involve contributing to the development of Exascale applications and mini-applications, such as MiniCombust. The second research area focuses on developing the SimEng fast cycle-level processor simulator, to enable design space exploration of future architectures. These fixed-term, 2 year roles will also explore emerging architectures such as GPUs from NVIDIA, AMD and Intel, ray-tracing hardware as potential accelerators for particle tracking within combustion simulation, and the latest vector and matrix engines being added to CPUs from Intel and Arm. These architectures will be applied to a range of multi-physics simulations, including combustion, CFD, electromagnetics, thermomechanics, and contact and friction. These roles may also contribute to porting and optimisation of the mini-apps and science codes to a broad range of relevant architectures, and benchmarking of real and simulated processors.

You should apply if

You will have a background in high performance computing, with demonstrable experience in one or more areas of advanced computer architectures, scientific software, or mini-app development. The ideal candidates would have a strong track record of publications in international-quality venues such as IJHPCA, IPDPS, IEEE/ACM SuperComputing, ISC etc. In addition, you will have excellent written and spoken communication skills including the ability to explain and share deep concepts.

Applicants are required to have at least a Masters degree in Computer Science or a closely related area. PhDs are preferred but not essential.

The posts are offered on a full time, open ended contracts with fixed funding for 2 years in the first instance.

Additional information

Please Note: This is a rolling advert with a nominal close date only. Applications are welcome at any time and the timing of the selection process will be dependent on the applications received.

There is no formal closing date, but the start date for each post is flexible dependent on the circumstances of the successful candidates.

For informal enquiries, please contact Prof. Simon McIntosh-Smith: simoncs at or Dr Tom Deakin: .

To find out more about what it's like to work in the Faculty of Engineering, and how the Faculty supports people to achieve their potential, please see our staff blog:

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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