Research Assistant/Associate in Compilers and Architectures for Reliable Microprocessors

University of Cambridge

Research Assistant: £27,116 - £31,406 or Research Associate £33,309 - £40,927

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months.

The Project

Applications are invited for a Research Associate (PostDoc) to work on hardware and the compilation toolchain for improving reliability in general-purpose computer architectures.

Our research group has developed a number of approaches for increasing the reliability of applications through a novel use of parallelisation. Building on the success of the ParaMedic and ParaDox hardware schemes, we seek to co-design architectures and toolchains that can exploit parallelism within hardware and software to enhance the reliability of future microprocessors. We wish to implement critical system components in hardware whilst retaining flexibility through the use of modifications to the application software (for example, by emulating certain instructions or checking the execution of one processor with another that uses a totally different instruction set). The successful candidate will develop novel hardware for reliability and schemes within a compiler, linker or binary translator to take advantage of it. They will work closely with a team of PostDocs and PhD students, as well as an industrial project partner.

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 Computer Laboratory, a vibrant and internationally leading environment. Collaboration with researchers at other universities and industry around the world is encouraged and there are strong links within the group with local, national and international companies.


We seek candidates with a strong background in Computer Science with a particular interest in computer architectures, compilers or binary translators. It is essential to have experience developing schemes within tools such as gem5, LLVM or DynamoRIO, 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 reliability at the microprocessor level would be useful.

Applicants should hold a PhD or have equivalent experience, though those who are close to submitting a PhD will be considered. 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 January 2022 but some flexibility on this can be arranged. Funds are available for two years in the first instance.

Further details may be obtained from Dr Timothy Jones, email

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Please provide a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter outlining your relevant past experience, drawing particular attention to relevant hardware or software 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 NR28810 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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