Job reference: SAE-021525
Salary: £35,308 to £43,155 (Research Associate) and £44,414 to £54,421 (Research Fellow) per annum, depending on relevant experience
Faculty/Organisational Unit: Science and Engineering
Location: Oxford Road
Employment type: Fixed Term
Division/Team: Department of Computer Science
Hours Per Week: Full time
Closing date: 30/09/2023
Contract Duration: available from 1 Sept 2023 (16 months) with the potential for extension dependent on future funding
School/Directorate: School of Engineering

Job Description

The  MOJO and the Soteria projects are UK Research and Innovation funded collaboration between THG plc (THG), the University of Manchester and the University of Oxford.

The partnership will develop demonstrations of managed runtime systems using OpenJDK, Graal and Truffle to work with Arm’s prototype Morello SOC, previously awarded UKRI funding. We are working to demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of running e-commerce application software stacks on Morello’s Capability Hardware Enhanced ISA.

The Soteria project will demonstrate e-commerce applications benefiting from the enhanced security instruction set of Arm’s Morello microprocessor. The MoatE project is an extension and enhancement of this effort, to deliver an OpenJDK17 based environment with support for advanced Just-in-time compilation (using Graal), support for guest languages such as JavaScript and Python (using Truffle) and modern garbage collector algorithms (such as G1/Shenandoah and research implementations using mmtk).

The overall purpose is to investigate how to improve the security of the Hotspot JVM and managed languages in general by taking advantage of the Arm Morello architecture. Thus, the job involves helping to complete the port of Hotspot JVM, Graal, Truffle and modern garbage collection algorithms to the Arm Morello architecture as well as prototyping research ideas, evaluate them and write research papers based on the research. ​​​​​​​

The School/Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School/Department holds a Bronze Award for their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a god work-life balance. We positively welcome applications from women for this post. All appointments will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit: (insert website hyperlink)

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Blended working arrangements may be considered     

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