Uppsala University PhD position in Scientific Computing in Sweden

Uppsala University hereby declares the following position to be open for application:
PhD position in Scientific Computing
Parallelism in event-based models for stochastic chemical kinetics

at the Department of Information Technology, Division of Scientific Computing (TDB).

The Department of Information Technology holds a leading position in research as well as teaching at all levels. The Department has about 200 employees, including 80 senior faculty and 80 PhD students. More than 3000 students are enrolled in one or more courses annually. More info: www.it.uu.se. The work will be carried out within the Linnaeus center of excellence Uppsala Programming for Multicore Architectures Research Center (UPMARC, www.upmarc.se) and carried out in the Application performance group.

Description of the subject area: Inside living cells, biochemical processes are often described with inherent randomness in order to account for a noisy microscopic environment. A common approach for simulating such models is to perform updates to some state-variable whenever certain events happen. These typically include reaction events and molecular movements.

The holder of the position will be involved with advancing methods for efficient simulation of event-based models on modern multicore architectures. This includes, but are not limited to, aspects of high-performance computing, a certain amount of software flexibility, and numerically approximate algorithms. The research will initially be centered around the numerical software “URDME” (see www.urdme.org), freely available under the GPL-license. This software simulates a quite general event-based stochastic model such that the results are of general interest in computational physics. More information about the research at TDB can be found at the web-page www.it.uu.se/research/scicomp.

Qualifications required: Candidates should have a Master of Science in Scientific Computing, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or equivalent. Experience in software development, parallel programming, programming GPUs, and performance evaluation is important.

The position is for a maximum of five years and includes departmental duties at a level of at most 20% (typically teaching) as well as course studies. You will be expected to teach in Swedish or English. Excellent skills in spoken and written English are an absolute requirement.

Contact: For further information about the position please contact Dr. Stefan Engblom, Ph. +46 18 4712754, stefan.engblom@it.uu.se. Representatives of the trade unions are: Anders Grundström, Saco-rådet, Ph. +4618-471 5380, Carin Söderhäll, TCO/ST, Ph. +4618-471 1996, Stefan Djurström, Seko, +4618-471 3315.

Working in Sweden: Sweden is a fantastic place for living and working. Swedes are friendly and speak excellent English. The quality of life is high, with a strong emphasis on outdoor activities. The Swedish working climate emphasizes an open atmosphere, with active discussions involving both junior and senior employees. As a PhD student you are regarded as a regular employee, which entitles you to at five weeks of paid holiday. Healthcare is free after a small co-pay and the university subsidizes athletic costs, such as a gym membership. The parental benefits in Sweden are among the best in the world, including extensive parental leave (for both parents), paid time off to care for sick children, and affordable daycare.

The application should include a description of research interests and past experience, CV, degrees and grades, a copy of Master thesis (or a draft thereof), publications, and the relevant documents. Candidates should include a statement describing their reasons for wanting to become a PhD student and their earliest feasible starting date. Letter(s) of recommendation and contact information for references should be provided directly by the references through the online application system. The department is striving to achieve a more equal gender balance and female candidates are particularly invited to apply.

You are welcome to submit your application no later than December 1st 2011, UFV-PA 2011/2786. Click the link below to submit your application.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 1 December 2011

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