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From: Joe Wells <>
Date: 14 May 2003 15:38:05 +0100
Subject: Research Job: Compositional Reasoning & Analysis for Software Systems @ Heriot-Watt U., Scotland, UK

                                                          Research Position

        Useful Logics, Types, Rewriting, and their Automation (ULTRA) Group
                                                Computer Science Department
                                School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
                                                      Heriot-Watt University
                                                    Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

The HTML version of this job posting can be found at:

Description of the Position

      A research position is available working on modular reasoning and
      compositional analysis for software at Heriot-Watt University working
      with Joe Wells. The position is in the ULTRA (Useful Logics, Types,
      Rewriting, and their Automation) group in the Computer Science
      Department in the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at
      Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. The
      position involves close collaboration with both the EC-funded DART
      (Dynamic Assembly, Reconfiguration, and Type-checking) project
      (members: Genova Univ., Heriot-Watt Univ., Imperial Coll., and Torino
      Univ.) and the EC, EPSRC, NATO, and NSF-funded Church Project
      (members: Boston Coll., Boston Univ., Heriot-Watt Univ., Wellesley
      Coll., etc.).

      It will be helpful if the researcher is competent in 1 or more of the
      following knowledge areas which are likely to be used in the project.

          * Formal calculi for reasoning about the meaning of computer systems
              (including computer programs), especially those with aspects of
              (a) modules, linking, and loading, (b) concurrency, (c) mobility,
              (d) staged compilation, (e) resource usage, (f) classes and
              objects, etc.
          * Analysis of systems represented in formal calculi.
          * Constraint solving and unification.
          * Type systems, especially those with intersection and union types.
          * Programming languages used for any of the above.

      The duration of the position is from 6 months to 1.5 years, depending
      on the circumstances of the researcher, with extensions possible
      depending on salary, experience, performance, and funding.
      Applications to spend a shorter period (e.g., the sabbatical leave of
      an established academic) will be considered. The initial salary will
      be commensurate with qualifications and experience in the range from
      20311 GBP to 27339 GBP per year. The position is available as soon as
      2003-07-16 with the ideal start date being 2003-08-01. It is preferred
      that before starting the researcher will have completed a Ph.D. in a
      relevant discipline within Computer Science. Very good Ph.D. students
      elsewhere who want to spend part of their studies visiting Heriot-Watt
      will be considered. Applicants from outside the European Economic Area
      (EEA) will be considered.

      The researcher will probably collaborate on 1 or more of the following
      activities. The specific activities will be matched to the strengths
      of the researcher.

          * Designing new type systems for compositional (modular) analysis of
              systems that may involve one or more aspects of concurrency,
              mobility, modularity, objects, run-time code generation, etc.
          * Designing analysis algorithms for the new type systems.
          * Designing theories (e.g., "calculi") for reasoning about the
              meaning of dynamic software assembly, i.e., doing in a
              non-traditional order one or more of type checking, code
              generation, linking, loading, etc.
          * Making software systems incorporating the new type systems,
              algorithms, and calculi.
          * Writing scientific reports on the work done.

Contact Information

      Informal inquiries should be directed to Joe Wells at:

      fax: +44 131 449 3834

      Formal applications should be directed to the Heriot-Watt Personnel
      Office at:

      e-mail: (responses will usually be by paper
                                mail, telephone, or fax)
      voice mail: +44 131 451 3475
      fax: +44 131 451 3475
      minicom: +44 131 451 8212
      post: The Personnel Office
                                Lord Balerno Building
                                Heriot-Watt University
                                EH14 4AS
                                GREAT BRITAIN

Applying for the Position

      Please use the reference code 59/03/L to help prevent your application
      from getting mixed up. Please convert Microsoft Word documents to a
      public, standard, and non-proprietary format. The best format is PDF,
      because some of our staff will encounter difficulties with HTML or

      To formally apply for this position, please do as many as possible of
      the items in the following list by 2003-06-13. The first 2 are
      absolutely necessary and the 3rd is quite important. If you expect
      trouble meeting the deadline, please ask Joe Wells what to do.

          * Cause 3 reference letters to be sent. (If someone tells you the
              letters are not needed yet or that less than 3 are needed, this is
              a mistake. We want to see the letters before choosing who to
          * Send the following yourself:
                    + your complete curriculum vitae, and
                    + contact details for the people writing your reference
          * Get the Heriot-Watt Personnel Office to send you an "application
              pack". (This contains an application form, an equal opportunities
              monitoring form, information for applicants with disabilities, and
              some additional information about Heriot-Watt and the position.)
              Fill out and return the application form and the equal
              opportunities monitoring form. If your curriculum vitae is well
              constructed, then some information requested will be redundant, so
              just write "see c.v." in those blanks, but please return the
              application form anyway.
          * Optionally, also send either of the following:
                    + a brief statement about why your research accomplishments and
                        interests are a good match for the position, and
                    + up to 3 relevant publications of yours.
          * It is helpful to inform Joe Wells that you are applying so that he
              knows to ask our personnel office for your application materials.
          * Anyone who might need a work permit if hired (usually someone who
              is not a citizen of an EEA country) should also do the following.
              In addition to possibly being e-mailed or faxed, each letter of
              reference should also be sent by post on official-looking headed
              stationery paper and should include details on your whereabouts
              over the last two years. A work permit application also needs
              copies of any degree certificates, so it is a good idea to send
              those also at the same time as you send the rest of your
              application. Work permit applications can take quite some time for
              the UK's Home Office to process, so please avoid delays.

      For your information, the standard solicitation for a reference letter
      by Heriot-Watt Personnel Office asks the letter writer for details of:

          * the capacity in which they know the candidate,
          * the candidate's skills, abilities and performance in relation to
              the post applied for,
          * the candidate's employment record including details of the
              candidate's role and service dates,
          * their view of the candidate's suitability for the post as a whole,
              in light of the attached details and their knowledge of the
              candidate's experience and abilities,
          * any further relevant information which would assist us in making
              an appointment.

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