Senior Research Associate: Sustainable Computing

Lancaster University

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£37,386 to £43,155

Closing Date:  

Friday 30 June 2023

Interview Date:  

Wednesday 05 July 2023



We are seeking candidates to design the next generation of sustainable computing.

This post is part of a multi-year EPSRC Fellowship, a £1m UK-funded project with an exciting vision to revolutionize energy and sustainability research in computing to reduce overall energy consumption and global emissions from ICT. Large-scale ICT systems (Cloud datacenters, Machine Learning systems, IoT, network infrastructure) generate a substantial ICT footprint, and are a significant contributor to climate change. Conventional approaches in Computer Science tackle this problem via enhancing ICT energy-efficiency, however in many instances will increase the overall ICT footprint due higher demand and the Rebound Effect. This is particularly important given the rise of AI and Machine Learning technologies.

This project in collaboration with BT aims to transform the research landscape in green computing by shifting away from computer energy-efficiency, and towards alternative designs. 

Key duties of this post include: 

  • Conduct original research to analyze and model ICT footprint within large-scale ICT infrastructure and AI systems at both micro and macro-scale. 
  • Contribute to international reputation of the project through high quality and impactful publications. 
  • Provide mentorship and collaborative research with PhD students. 
  • Interact with academic and industry partners within the project. 

You will have a PhD in Computer Science, Mathematics, or equivalent with experience in distributed systems, sustainable computing, or data science. You will be confident in conducting statistical analysis, handling large sets of heterogeneous data sources, and have a good programming background. Experience with qualitative research methods is desirable, however not essential.

For more information, candidates are strongly encouraged to first contact Dr. Peter Garraghan ([email protected] ) and visit EDS Lab ( ).  

The School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University offers a highly inclusive and stimulating environment for career development, and you will be exposed to a range of further opportunities over the course of this post. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research. 

You would join the Experimental Distributed Systems Laboratory (EDS Lab) — a large research group to design and engineer sustainable and secure computing. Our lab contains state-of-the-art facilities including a 150-machine CPU & GPU datacenter with full environmental control dedicated entirely to experimentation, a wide selection of environmental sensor devices, and research supported by companies including Microsoft Research, Alibaba, and BT.

You will join us on an indefinite contract. However, the role remains contingent on external funding which, for this position, will end 31st May 2025

This is a full-time position expected to start September 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter. 

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of wellbeing for all our colleagues. We have a range of support networks available for our employees, and more information on these can be found on the ‘Working at Lancaster’ information page.

We are committed to family-friendly and flexible
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celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address all inequality in
higher education.

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community regardless of their age, religion, gender identity or expression,
race, disability or sexual orientation, and are 
committed to promoting
diversity, and equality of opportunity.

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