Research Assistant/Associate in Compiler-Directed Parallelism

University of Cambridge

16 Jun 2023
Job Information

University of Cambridge
Research Field
Computer science » Computer architecture
Researcher Profile
Recognised Researcher (R2)
Leading Researcher (R4)
First Stage Researcher (R1)
Established Researcher (R3)
United Kingdom
Application Deadline
1 Jul 2023 – 00:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract
To be defined
Job Status
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description


1 Research Associate / PostDoc in Compiler-Directed Parallelism

The University of Cambridge

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The Project

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant or Associate (PostDoc) to work on compilation for extracting program parallelism for novel computer architectures .

Our research group has developed a number of approaches for increasing the performance of applications through parallelisation. Building on the success of the HELIX automatic parallelising compiler , and the more recent Janus binary parallelisation framework , we seek to develop compiler analyses and transformations within the LLVM toolset to extract parallelism for future microprocessors. We wish to identify opportunities for task-level parallelism during compilation, extracting parallelism for the most beneficial parts of the code, and dealing with cross-task data dependences via speculation or synchronisation. The successful candidate will develop new analyses and transformations that can realise this system, working closely with a team of PostDocs and PhD students, as well as project partner, Arm.

Research Group

Our group consists of PostDocs and PhD students investigating performance, reliability and security in future many-core systems. The position is within the Computer Architecture Research Group at the University of Cambridge Department of Computer Science and Technology in a joint project with Arm ; there will be frequent interaction with Arm and the ability to work in Arm’s offices in Cambridge for durations of the project. Collaboration with researchers at other universities and industry around the world is encouraged and there are strong links within the group with other local companies.


We seek candidates with a strong background in Computer Science with a particular interest in compilers. It is essential to have experience writing compiler optimisations in LLVM or another tool, and to have familiarity with working in teams with robust engineering practices (version control, continuous integration, automated testing). An awareness of the challenges and potential solutions to parallelism extraction would be useful.

This position can be filled by an appropriate candidate at research assistant or research associate level, depending on relevant qualifications and experience. Appointment at research associate level is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience). Where a PhD has yet to be awarded, appointment will initially be made as a research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded. Knowledge of a related area would be advantageous but not essential. Candidates should provide evidence of relevant work, where possible, and must demonstrate a desire to perform internationally-leading research and to publish in the top conferences in the area.

More Information

The funds are available for a start date of the 1st September 2023 but some flexibility on this can be arranged. Funds are available until July 2025 in the first instance.

Please provide a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter outlining your relevant past experience, drawing particular attention to relevant compiler experience and published papers, and linking to one or more examples of code written (e.g. a GitHub handle). If there are specific areas you would like to research, please indicate these in the letter. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference NR36961on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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