Research Associate in Compilers and Applications for Event-Driven Hardware

Imperial College London - Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

2 x Research Associate in Compilers and Applications for Event-Driven Hardware

Fixed-term appointment for two years

Job summary
We are recruiting to the POETS research project, which is a 5 year EPSRC funded program grant investigating new techniques for building event-driven super-computers. The high-level goal is to build a system capable of supporting and using millions of concurrent asynchronous hardware threads. The project takes a vertical approach, so rather than trying to adapt existing languages and compilers to new hardware, we develop the entire stack together.

Duties and responsibilities
The work at Imperial is focused on developing techniques for expressing conventional problems and domains in an event-driven way, and then developing compilers and domain-specific languages for lowering domain-specific problems to the underlying event-driven hardware; the goal of this position is to add application, compiler or distributed systems expertise, such as:

  • creating new applications for POETS, such as creating chemistry or physics-based applications
  • adding new domain-specific or general-purpose front-ends to POETS
  • providing new underlying features to POETS, such as providing optimised services for reaching consensus or termination detection
  • developing the ability to statically reason POETS applications using formal modelling

Essential requirements
As well as being able to demonstrate skills and experience in one or more of the above areas, you should also be able to organise your own work with minimal supervision, work to deadlines and demonstrate willingness to work as part of a team.

To be appointed at Research Associate level, applicants must already hold a PhD (or equivalent).  We are also keen to talk to candidates who will soon receive their PhD in one of these areas. 

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380- £34,040 per annum.

Further information
Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please click ‘apply’ below or go to and search using reference number ENG00004

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Wiesia Hsissen at

About Imperial College London
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Additional information
Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people. 

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