Job Information

University of Utah Post Doc Res Assoc in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 08/19/2022

Requisition Number PRN31935B

Job Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Working Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area President

Department 00810 - Scient Comp & Imag Instit-Oper

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range Up to $65,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary


The SCI Institute at the University of Utah is seeking a Postdoctoral researcher to lead research on edge computing for cyberinfrastructures. In addition to executing the research

agenda on urgent analytics, you will propose new, creative solutions for complex, nationwide computing platforms and create partnerships with domain scientists to carry out program goals.


With the advent of distributed infrastructures, the Cloud computing paradigm is progressively moving towards a full continuum from IoT devices and sensors to the centralized Cloud, with Edge (edge of the network) and Fog computing (core network) in between 1 .

Simultaneously, distributed applications also evolve: emerging AI/ML applications are based on multiple geo-distributed data sources and sophisticated data analytics. However, it is challenging to match user constraints (response time, quality, energy, etc.) with what is

feasible in a heterogeneous and dynamic computation environment coupled with uncertainty in the availability of data. This project puts a special focus on Urgent computing applications.

Urgent computing tackles services that require time-critical decisions that improve quality of life, monitor civil infrastructures, respond to natural disasters and extreme events, and accelerate science (e.g., autonomous cars, precision medicine, etc.).

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

The major duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Lead high quality research in areas related to urgent science, programming models, and edge computing

- Contribute to development of software abstractions and system architectures for middleware deployed across the Edge-to-Cloud Computing Continuum

- Collaborate with application scientists inside and outside of the laboratory to advance the scientific mission of the group, including collaborators from the SAGE platform 3 .

- Develop new research directions as a basis of continued funding and the overall health of the group.

- Write peer-reviewed papers, technical reports, and proposals both internal and external, and represent the organization by giving technical presentations in large public forums.

Basic Qualifications:

- Requires a Ph.D. in a field of study related to computing and computational sciences – Demonstrated competency and knowledge of Linux operating systems and containerization platforms such as Docker and Kubernetes;


1 Daniel Balouek-Thomert, Eduard Gibert Renart, Ali Reza Zamani, Anthony Simonet, and Manish Parashar. Towards a computing continuum : Enabling edge-to-cloud integration for data-driven workflows. The International Journal of High Performance Computing

Applications, 2019.

2 Daniel Balouek-Thomert, Ivan Rodero, and Manish Parashar. Harnessing the computing continuum for urgent science. SIGMETRICS Perform. Eval. Rev.,2020.

3 SAGE , a national-scale cyberinfrastructure at the edge –


Daniel Balouek-Thomert |

Manish Parashar |


Minimum Qualifications


Preferred Qualifications:

- Ability to develop architectures for federating scientific instruments and developing end-to-end data workflow

- Experience in distributed data architectures and machine learning

- Demonstrated ability to write research plans and proposals and to project a vision for future research relevant to automating research workflows or online processing of data streams.

- Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work independently, outstanding written and oral communication skills, good organizational skills

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.