Research Associate: Stragglers - Complex Failures in Internet-scale Cloud Data Centres

Lancaster University - School of Computing and Communications

This is a full time, fixed-term position for 12 months.

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate to work on the EPSRC project titled “Pin the Tail: Understanding Straggler Manifestation in Internet-based Distributed Systems” focused on studying straggler manifestation within internet-based distributed systems. The aim of this project is to conduct in-depth analysis and modelling of Internet-based distributed systems (Cloud computing, datacentres, clusters) to quantify the precise relationship between straggler occurrence and system operational conditions (resource contention, failures, data skew, temperature, etc.). This project will involve collaboration with numerous external partners including Microsoft Research, STFC, and CIATEQ.

We invite applications from enthusiastic individuals who have a PhD in Computer Science. Ideally, you must be able to demonstrate a research background in the areas of failure analysis for computing systems, modelling complex distributed system behaviour, and conducting data-driven experiments and simulation. The role will require you to engage with external partners and stakeholders, as well as support the technical management of project work packages. Therefore, strong communication skills and experience working on collaborative projects is strongly desired. We would also value your ability to rapidly learn new techniques beyond current skills and abilities. Experience in studying and mitigating stragglers within distributed systems is desirable, but not compulsory.

The School of Computing and Communications offers a highly collegiate and stimulating environment for research career development. You will join an ambitious research group that is internationally recognised, and you will be expected to contribute to the strong profile of the group through participation in the development and publication of research results.

Informal enquiries to Dr Peter Garraghan, email: or telephone +44 1524 510306.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

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