[TYPES/announce] PhD studentship on ABCD

Philip Wadler wadler at inf.ed.ac.uk
Wed Nov 20 07:02:51 EST 2013

We are recruiting for one PhD student to work on design and implementation
of programming languages. The post is on the project "From Data Types to
Session Types: A Basis for Concurrency and Distribution".

The project has particular emphasis on putting theory into practice,
embedding session types in a range of programming languages and applying
them to realistic case studies. The research programme is joint between the
University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, and Imperial College
London, and includes collaboration with Amazon, Cognizant, Red Hat, VMware,
and the Ocean Observatories Initiative. We have a programme grant funded by
EPSRC for five years from 20 May 2013.

The successful candidate will join a team responsible for extending the
functional web programming language Links with session types to support
concurrency and distribution. We will test our techniques by providing a
library to access Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing infrastructure,
and perform empirical experiments to assess how our language design impacts
the performance of programmers.

You should possess an undergraduate degree in a relevant area, or being
nearing completion of same, or have comparable experience. You should have
evidence of ability to undertake research and communicate well. You should
have a background in programming languages, including type systems, and
programming and software engineering skills.

It is desirable for candidates to also have one or more of the following: a
combination of theoretical and practical skills; experience of web
programming or cloud programming; knowledge of the theory or practice of
concurrent and distributed systems; knowledge of linear logic; or training
in empirical measurement of programming tasks. We especially welcome
applications from women and minorities.

We seek applicants at an international level of excellence. The School of
Informatics at Edinburgh is among the strongest in the world, and Edinburgh
is known as a cultural centre providing a high quality of life.

The successful candidate will receive a studentship covering tuition and
subsistence. Students from the UK or EU are preferred, but studentships may
be available for overseas students with strong qualifications. Applications
should be received by 13 December to be eligible for the full range of
scholarships. Consult the University of Edinburgh website for details of how
to apply<http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/informatics/postgraduate/apply/overview>.

Enquiries can be addressed to: Prof. Philip Wadler (wadler at inf.ed.ac.uk),
Principal Investigator of the ABCD project.
.\ Philip Wadler, Professor of Theoretical Computer Science
./\ School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
/  \ http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/wadler/
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