[TYPES/announce] RA Position Available

Neil Ghani neil.ghani at strath.ac.uk
Tue Apr 16 17:21:14 EDT 2013

*         RA Position, 4 Years                                             *
*   Mathematically Structured Programming  Group   *
*        University of Strathclyde                                        *

Applications are invited for a 4 year fixed term RA position to work on the EPSRC funded grant "Logical Relations for Program Verification". Logical relations have been developed for core fragments of many modern programming languages and verification systems. But as languages and properties to be proved have become increasingly sophisticated and expressive, logical relations have struggled to keep pace. We aim to revolutionise the landscape of logical relations by providing framework for their development and use that is principled, conceptually simple, reusable, and uniform (rather than ad hoc). Our framework will be capable of both describing the wide array of logical relations already used in existing applications and prescribing new logical relations for future ones. It will be based on the mathematical concept of comprehension for a fibration. You will work with Dr Patricia Johann and Prof Neil Ghani who are the investigators on this project and also 2 of their PhD students working on similar topics. You will also work with project partners Prof A Simpson (Univ. Edinburgh), Dr R Atkey (Contemplate), Dr A Kennedy (Microsoft), Dr N Benton (Microsoft) and Dr C Schuermann (ITU Copenhagen).
As a Research Associate you will establish a personal research portfolio, plan research proposals, engage in relevant teaching, undertake professional and knowledge exchange activities, and input to administrative activities, with general support from senior colleagues. You will conduct individual and/or collaborative research, including determining appropriate research methods and contributing to the development of new research methods. You will write up research work for publication, individually or in collaboration with colleagues, and disseminate results as appropriate to the discipline by, for example, peer reviewed journal publications and presentation at conferences. You will join external networks to share information and ideas, inform the development of research objectives and identify potential sources of funding. You will also assist in the supervision of PhD students working on research related to the EPSRC grant.

You will be educated to a minimum of PhD level (or equivalent professional experience) in an appropriate discipline. You will have sufficient breadth or depth of knowledge in category theory, type theory and/or the semantics of programming languages. You will have a developing ability to conduct individual research work, to disseminate results and to prepare research papers and proposals and you will have an ability to plan and organise own workload effectively. You will have an ability to work within a team environment and you will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to listen, engage and persuade, and to present complex information in an accessible way to a range of audiences.

For further Details please contact Professor Neil Ghani using the email address ng at cis.strath.ac.uk 
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