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Research Fellow in Coupled Agent-based Simulations- 12830

Brunel University London

Location: Uxbridge
Salary: £35,365 to £41,775 per annum including London Allowance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 18th January 2019
Closes: 21st February 2019
Job Ref: 375967

Salary (Grade): (R1) £35,365 to £41,775 per annum including London Allowance

Full-time Fixed-term 24 months

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to work with Dr Derek Groen in the Computer Science Department at Brunel University London. The successful candidate will join a newly established research group and will work, collaboratively, on designing and developing agent-based simulations of refugees escaping violent events. The main purpose of these simulations is to help organizations such as governments, the UN and NGOs in allocating their humanitarian support as effectively as possible.

The work will be performed as part of the HiDALGO (HPC and Big Data Technologies for Global Systems) project, a €8M EU-funded Centre of Excellence which includes a range of high profile institutional partners across Europe, and through which we have established an informal collaboration with the UNHCR.

These simulations will be coupled, that is comprising of different solvers such as agent-based models, data-driven models and weather forecast simulations. Although the postholder may spend some effort on enhancing existing single models, the primary challenge will be to effectively combine these models to create a coupled simulation that is (a) sufficiently detailed, (b) highly performant and, (c) in line with the needs of key stakeholders in the project such as UNHCR and NGOs. The postholder will be expected to help disseminate new scientific findings and computational breakthroughs by preparing top journal publications, and contribute to other deliverables of the HiDALGO project.

The postholder will build up expertise in coupling existing simulations, and help optimize the coupled approach for existing and emerging high performance computing architectures. In addition, the postholder will help to orchestrate development efforts on the application by other partners (e.g. in terms of performance optimization, visualization, and integration with data sources), and provide support with other activities in the HiDALGO project, such as organizing meetings with stakeholders and ensuring synergy with the work performed by other research fellows in our group.

Key Requirements:

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree in an appropriate discipline, and have a clear understanding of high performance computing and agent-based simulations, both in theory and in practice. In addition, they have substantial experience in Python programming, and demonstrable experience with modifying existing scientific codes.

Further details:

Please include a publication list along with CV.

Closing date for applications: 21 February 2019

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