NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Hello ACM-ers!

There is a workshop for students interested in applying for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Register online and review workshop requirements at: http://research.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=69079. The details of the workshop are below:

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Presentations

Hello world,

You are all invited to attend to this year’s summer research experience for undergraduates in applied intelligent systems presentations. Dont miss this opportunity to learn about all the cool projects that went on during the summer at our very own computer science department.

Where: CS Building, Rm. 308

When: Friday August 5th, 2011

Time: Noon

See you there!

Professional Development Workshop: Affinity Research Group (ARG) Fundamentals

Dear all,

On behalf of Dr. Gates, we are inviting you to the Professional Development Workshop: Affinity Research Group (ARG) Fundamentals.

Date: June 21, 2011
Time: 9 am – 12 pm (US Mountain Time)
Location: The University of Texas at El Paso
Cyber ShARE Visualization Laboratory
Classroom Building, Room 401

Please RSVP to Patricia Esparza by email (preyes5@miners.utep.edu) or by
phone at (915) 747-7958.

Pizza will be provided.

PhD Researcher Opportunity at the University of Twente (Enschede – The Netherlands): Formal Methods and Tools

The research group Formal Methods and Tools at the University of Twente (Enschede – The Netherlands) is looking for a PhD researcher (4 years) to work on the EU Strep project CARP (Correct and Efficient Accelerator Programming), funded by the European Union.

Within the context of the CARP project, the PhD student will work
in particular on:

– requirements analysis for accelerator programming
– the formal semantics of an intermediate programming language for
describing accelerator algorithms
– developing logic-based verification techniques for this intermediate
programming language, taking into account common accelerator programming
patterns
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Our research:
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In recent years, massively parallel accelerator processors, primarily
GPUs, have become widely available to end-users. Accelerators offer
tremendous compute power at a low cost, and tasks such as media
processing, simulation, medical imaging and eye-tracking can be
accelerated to beat CPU performance by orders of magnitude. Performance
is gained in energy efficiency and execution speed, allowing intensive
media processing software to run in low-power consumer devices.

Accelerators present a serious challenge for software developers. A
system may contain one or more of the plethora of accelerators on the
market, with many more products anticipated in the immediate future.
Applications must exhibit portable correctness, operating correctly on
any configuration of accelerators, and portable performance, exploiting
processing power and energy efficiency offered by a wide range of devices.

The overall aims of CARP are to design techniques and tools for correct
and efficient accelerator programming:
– Novel & attractive methods for constructing system-independent
accelerator programs
– Advanced code generation techniques to produce highly optimised
system-specific code from system-independent programs
– Scalable static techniques for analysing system-independent and
system-specific accelerator programs, both qualitatively and quantitatively

The PhD candidate we are looking for is expected to work on the
development of tools and techniques for correct accelerator programming.
Within the consortium an intermediate programming language for
accelerator programming will be developed. The PhD candidate is expected
to develop a solid formal semantics for this language, together with
appropriate verification techniques. An important focus of the
verification work is that it will focus on bug finding, without too many
false negatives, rather than on developing full correctness proofs. For
the verification, it is expected that the logical basis will be
permission-based concurrent separation logic. Sometimes the intermediate
programming language will not provide the required efficiency, and
programs will be written in a low-level language as OpenCL. Therefore,
the verification techniques also will be extended to this lower level.

We seek:
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An enthusiastic PhD student with an MSc degree in Computer Science (or
an equivalent qualification). The candidate should have a thorough
theoretical background, a demonstrable interest in program semantics and
verification, and some knowledge about multithreaded programming (in
Java/C/C++).

We are looking for a researcher with an independent mind who is willing
to cooperate in our team. It is understood that he or she works on the
topics listed above, and contributes to the expected deliverables for
the project.  Further we ask for good communicative and good
collaboration skills. Candidates should be prepared to prove their
English language skills.

As a research outcome we expect publications, (prototype) tools, and a
PhD thesis.

Starting date of the position: December 1st, 2011, or as soon as
possible thereafter.

We offer:
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– A PhD position for four years (38 hrs/week)
– A stimulating scientific environment
– Gross salary ranging from EUR 2042 tot E 2612 (4th yr) per month
– Holiday allowance (8%), end-of-year bonus (8.3%)
– Good secondary conditions, in accordance with the collective labour
agreement CAO-NU for Dutch universities
– A green Campus with lots of sports facilities

You will be a member of the Twente Graduate School in the research
programme ‘Dependable and Secure Computing’ under the leadership of Prof
Dr Jaco van de Pol. The research programme offers advanced courses to
deepen your scientific knowledge in preparation to your future career
(within or outside academia). We provide our PhD students with excellent
opportunities to broaden their personal knowledge and to professionalise
their academic skills. Participation in national and/or international
summer schools and workshops, and visits to other prestigious research
institutes and universities can be part of this programme.

Further information:
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– FMT group: http://fmt.cs.utwente.nl/
– Dr. Marieke Huisman (Marieke.Huisman@ewi.utwente.nl)

Application:
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Please submit your application before 1st of July, 2011 via
http://www.utwente.nl/vacatures/en/.  We strongly encourage interested
applicants to send in their applications as soon as possible.

Your application should consist of:

– a cover letter (explain your specific interest and qualifications);
– a full Curriculum Vitae, including a list of all courses + marks, and
a short description of your MSc thesis; and
– references (contact information) of two scientific staff members.

Human Factors Research Group at UTEP is Hiring

Hello ACMers, the human factors research group is looking for undergraduate and graduate students interested in doing research!
Think this is for you, click on the flyers to enlarge for additional information, or contact Dr. Arunkumar at apennathur@utep.edu before May 15th. Have your resume ready.

Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) Summer Research Internships

Dear Students,

For your information: The Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) has summer research internships for undergraduates, graduate students and recent postgraduates.

The Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) is a virtual organization dedicated to providing open, persistent, robust, and secure access to biodiversity and environmental data, supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation. DataONE is pleased to announce the availability of summer research internships for undergraduates, graduate students and recent postgraduates.


Program Structure
Up to eight interns will be accepted in 2011, each paired with one primary mentor and, in some cases, secondary mentors. Interns need not necessarily be at the same location or institution as their mentor(s). Interns and mentors are expected to have a face-to-face meeting at the beginning of the summer, and interns are encouraged to attend the DataONE All-Hands Meeting in the fall to present the results of their work. DataONE will pay all necessary travel expenses.
Schedule

*   March 15 – Application period opens
*   April 8 – Deadline for receipt of applications at midnight Pacific time
*   April 15 – Notification of acceptance. Scheduling of face-to-face kickoff meetings based on availability of interns and mentors
*   May 23 – Program begins*
*   June 27 – Midterm evaluations
*   July 29 – Program concludes
*   October 18-20 – DataONE All-Hands-Meeting, New Mexico (attendance encouraged)

* Allowance will be made for students who are unavailable during these date due to their school calendar.
Eligibility
The program is open to all undergraduate students, graduate students, and postgraduates who have received their masters or doctorate within the past five years. Given the broad range of projects, there are no restrictions on academic backgrounds or field of study. Interns must be at least 18 years of age by the program start date, must be currently enrolled or employed at a university or other research institution and must currently reside in, and be eligible to work in, the United States. Interns are expected to be available approximately 40 hours/week during the internship period (noted below) with significant availability during the normal business hours. Interns from previous years are eligible to participate.
Financial Support
Interns will receive a stipend of $4,500 for participation, paid in two installments (one at the midterm and one at the conclusion of the program). In addition, required travel expenses will be borne by DataONE. Participation in the program after the mid-term is contingent on satisfactory performance. The University of New Mexico will administer funds. Interns will need to supply their own computing equipment and Internet connection. For students who are not US citizens or permanent residents, complete visa information will be required, and it may be necessary for the funds to be paid through the student’s university or research institution. In such cases, the student will need to provide the necessary contact information for their organization.
Project Ideas
Projects cover a range of topic areas and vary in the extent and type of prior background required of the intern. The interests and expertise of the applicants will, in part, determine which projects will be selected for the program. Off-list projects are also eligible, in which case potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the organizers and/or potential mentors with their ideas prior to applying. The titles of this year’s projects (see below for more detailed descriptions) are:
1. DATA MANAGEMENT: Best practices of data management for public participation in science and research
2. DATA MANAGEMENT: Online learning modules related to best practices throughout the data lifecycle
3. EDUCATION: Accessing and analyzing environmental data in the classroom
4. SOCIOLOGY OF SCIENCE: Understanding how scientists analyze data
5. DATA SCIENCE: How much ecological data is out there?
6. DATA SCIENCE: Tracking the reuse of 1000 datasets
7. PROGRAMMING: Subsetting and publishing “dynamic” scientific datasets
8. PROGRAMMING: Scientific workflow provenance repository and publishing toolkit
9. PROGRAMMING: Integrating loosely structured data into the Linked Open Data cloud
10. SCIENCE COMMUNICATION: Developing video animations for DataONE community engagement

Please visit http://www.dataone.org/content/2011-summer-internship-program for details!

To Apply
Application materials should be sent to internship@dataone.org<mailto:internship@dataone.org> by 11:59 PM (Pacific time) on April 8th, and should include a cover letter, resume and letter of reference all in PDF format. The applicant should send the cover letter and resume, while the letter of reference should be sent directly by its author.

1.  The cover letter should address the following questions:
*   What DataONE Summer Internship projects are you most interested in and why?
*   What contributions do you expect to be able to make to the project(s)?
*   What background do you have which is relevant to the project(s)?
*   What do you expect to learn and/or achieve by participating?
*   What are your thoughts and ideas about the project, including particular suggestions for ways of achieving the project objectives?
*   How will participation in this program help you achieve your educational and career objectives?
*   Are there any factors that would affect your ability to participate, including other summer employment, university schedules, and other commitments?
2.  The resume should include the applicant’s educational history, current position, any publications or honors, and full contact information (including phone number, e-mail address, and mailing address).
3.  The letter of reference should be sent directly to internship@dataone.org<mailto:internship@dataone.org> and should be from a professor, supervisor, or mentor.

Evaluation of applications
Applications will be judged by the following criteria:

*   The academic and technical qualifications of the applicant.
*   Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills.
*   The extent to which the applicant can provide substantive contributions to one or more projects, including the applicant’s ideas for project implementation.
*   The extent to which the internship would be of value to the career development of the applicant
*   The availability of the applicant during the period of the internship.

Intellectual Property
DataONE is predicated on openness and universal access. Software is developed under one of several open source licenses, and copyrightable content produced during the course of the project will made available under a Creative Commons (CC-BY 3.0) license. Where appropriate, projects may result in published articles and conference presentations, on which the intern is expected to make a substantive contribution, and receive credit for that contribution.
Funding acknowledgement
The Summer Internships are supported by The National Science Foundation: “INTEROP: Creation of an International Virtual Data Center for the Biodiversity, Ecological and Environmental Sciences” (NSF Award 0753138) and “DataNet Full Proposal: DataNetONE (Observation Network for Earth)” (NSF Award 0830944).
For more information
If you have further questions or problems about the application process or internship program in general, please send e-mail to internship@dataone.org<mailto:internship@dataone.org>.


Google group on “Workflows”, http://groups.google.com/group/workflows.
Supported by Technical Area in IEEE TCSC on “Workflow Management in Scalable Computing Environments”, http://www.swinflow.org/tcsc/wmsce.htm.

Post-Doc Research Associate, STEM Education, MSU

Are you an Engineering Education Ph.D. graduate looking for a post-doc opportunity?

Here is a great opportunity from Michigan State University!

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

STEM Education

Michigan State University

Posting # 4474

The Automated Analysis of Constructed Response (AACR) Research Group (http://aacr.crcstl.msu.edu) at Michigan State University seeks two candidates to fill two one-year (with a possible second year) Research Associate positions in the field of college science / engineering teaching and learning. We are an interdisciplinary team (from Biology, Genetics, Geology, Education, Engineering, Statistics, and Linguistics) exploring computerized analysis of students’ writing in large enrollment undergraduate Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses to model students’ thinking.

We are expanding our collaborations on these projects with STEM education researchers across the country. The selected Research Associates will participate in NSF-funded research projects in collaboration with MSU faculty in the Colleges of Natural Science, Engineering, and the MSU Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL).

Applicants should have completed a doctoral degree in a natural science, engineering, or STEM education. You should have a strong commitment to undergraduate science / engineering education and interest in working with a leading group of interdisciplinary STEM educators. Successful candidates will have a mix of some set of the following skills, which will enable the Research Associates to make unique contributions to the project team: disciplinary expertise in a STEM discipline, experience publishing and presenting research findings, STEM education research, assessment of learning, computational linguistics, natural language processing, statistics/computer modeling, database management, or web site development. Excellent communication and organizational skills are required. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. The salary is commensurate with education and experience.

A complete application package consists of a cover letter, cv, copy of transcripts, two samples of scholarly writing and names and email addresses of three references. Review of application materials will begin April 30, 2011 and continue until the positions are filled. Position start date by August 15, 2011.

Apply online http://jobs.msu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=55983

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

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