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Position: PhD Student Position in Bridging Clouds and HPC
Institution: University of Luxembourg
Location: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Duties: the joint Research/Teaching programme between LuxProvide and the University of Luxembourg, that aims to investigate, design, develop and roll out a set of functionalities related to the use of high-performance computing (HPC), high-performance data analytics (HPDA) and artificial intelligence (AI) applications on the MeluXina supercomputer using a web-based tool for bridging Clouds and HPC
Requirements: The candidate should possess an MSc degree or equivalent in computer science, computer engineering, or applied mathematics. Experience: The ideal candidate should have some knowledge and experience in a number of the following topics: Optimisation; Algorithmics; Parallel/Distributed batch computing; AI/Machine learning; Big Data storage; Language Skills: Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English are required. Knowledge of French, German or Luxembourgish is welcome
   
Text: UOL04598 31-Dec-2099 About the SnT SnT is a leading international research and innovation centre in secure, reliable and trustworthy ICT systems and services. We play an instrumental role in Luxembourg by fueling innovation through research partnerships with industry, boosting R&D investments leading to economic growth, and attracting highly qualified talent. The Parallel Computing and Optimisation Group ( PCOG ) is led by Prof. Pascal Bouvry and Dr. Grégoire Danoy as deputy head. PCOG conducts research on parallel computing and optimization techniques, in particular how different species may co-evolve taking local decisions while ensuring global objectives, to tackle large and difficult problems. The main application domains are security, trust and reliability; reliable scheduling and routing on new generations of networks; sustainable development and systems biomedicine; Unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAV), Smart Cities. Detailed information about the group is available at http://pcog.uni.lu/ LuxProvide ( https://luxprovide.lu/ ) is the national supercomputer HPC organisation in charge of the planning, installation and long-term operation of the MeluXina machine. The mission of LuxProvide is to facilitate access to the use of the computational capabilities of MeluXina by setting up a competence centre in collaboration with Luxinnovation and the University of Luxembourg providing dedicated support to companies in their high-performance computing projects. We’re looking for people driven by excellence, excited about innovation, and looking to make a difference. If this sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place! Your Role This is a fully funded position for 3 years (extendable to an additional 4 th year) within the joint Research/Teaching programme between LuxProvide and the University of Luxembourg, that aims to investigate, design, develop and roll out a set of functionalities related to the use of high-performance computing (HPC), high-performance data analytics (HPDA) and artificial intelligence (AI) applications on the MeluXina supercomputer ( https://luxprovide.lu/ ) using a web-based tool for bridging Clouds and HPC. Ergonomics, high-performance, rich functionality, flexibility, automation, and intuitiveness are key differentiators which constitute a unique value proposition of the proposed HPC access system. To meet this broad range of features, the project will study state of the art of the design, architecture, and functionality of most used HPC systems in comparison with MeluXina, understanding typical patterns of interactions with HPC by different users, define and design a set of requirements for the bridging of Clouds and HPC platform (work done in collaboration with LuxProvide), identify the core issues at the core of the requirements and core research challenges. Focus will be put on high-performance, jobs interoperability, Data/AI workflow exchanges, ease of use and architectural implications. Through friendly user interfaces and APIs, users will navigate and leverage computation and storage resources while real-time monitoring will be used in order to give visibility into security threats and act for ensuring secure access to the HPC resources. The successful candidates will join a strong and motivated research team led by Prof. Pascal Bouvry in order to carry out research to pursue a PhD on the challenging topic of bridging Clouds and HPC. The position holder will be required to perform the following tasks: Carrying out research in one of the predefined areas; Participation in all phases from understanding state of the art to defining requirements and proposing, implementing and validating new high-performance architectures for bridging Clouds and HPC; Disseminating results in top scientific venues. Your Profile Qualification: The candidate should possess an MSc degree or equivalent in computer science, computer engineering, or applied mathematics. Experience: The ideal candidate should have some knowledge and experience in a number of the following topics: Optimisation; Algorithmics; Parallel/Distributed batch computing; AI/Machine learning; Big Data storage; Language Skills: Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English are required. Knowledge of French, German or Luxembourgish is welcome. Here’s what awaits you at SnT A stimulating learning environment. Here post-docs and professors outnumber PhD students. That translates into access and close collaborations with some of the brightest ICT researchers, giving you solid guidance Exciting infrastructures and unique labs. At SnT’s two campuses, our researchers can take a walk on the moon at the LunaLab, build a nanosatellite, or help make autonomous vehicles even better The right place for IMPACT. SnT researchers engage in demand-driven projects. Through our Partnership Programme, we work on projects with more than 45 industry partners Multiple funding sources for your ideas . The University supports researchers to acquire funding from national, European and private sources Competitive salary package . The University offers a 12 month-salary package, over six weeks of paid time off, health insurance and subsidised living and eating Be part of a multicultural family . At SnT we have more than 60 nationalities. Throughout the year, we organise team-building events, networking activities and more But wait, there’s more! Complete picture of the perks we offer Discover our Partnership Programme Download the brochure: Why choose SnT for your PhD? Students can take advantage of several opportunities for growth and career development, from free language classes to career resources and extracurricular activities. In Short Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 36 Month - extendable up to 48 months if required Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week Employee and student status Location: Belval Job Reference: UOL04598 Further Information Applications should be submitted online and include: Full CV, including list of publications and contact details (name, email) of three referees; Transcript of all modules and results from university level courses taken the last 2 years; Research statement and topics of particular interest to the candidate (300 words). All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. Early application is highly encouraged, as the applications will be processed upon reception. Please apply formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered. The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff. About the University of Luxembourg University of Luxembourg is an international research university with a distinctly multilingual and interdisciplinary character. The University was founded in 2003 and counts more than 6,700 students and more than 2,000 employees from around the world. The University’s faculties and interdisciplinary centres focus on research in the areas of Computer Science and ICT Security, Materials Science, European and International Law, Finance and Financial Innovation, Education, Contemporary and Digital History. In addition, the University focuses on cross-disciplinary research in the areas of Data Modelling and Simulation as well as Health and System Biomedicine. Times Higher Education ranks the University of Luxembourg #3 worldwide for its “international outlook,” #20 in the Young University Ranking 2021 and among the top 250 universities worldwide. Further information For further information, please contact pascal.bouvry@uni.lu or ovidiu-cristian.marcu@uni.lu
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