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From Simon Metson <>
Subject Job working with CouchDB in Bristol, UK
Date Mon, 26 Jul 2010 17:34:41 GMT
Hi All,
	Sorry for the slightly spammy nature of this email. We've got some  
funding to do a project with some colleagues in Geography. They have  
some clever landslide modelling software that is used in St. Lucia and  
they would like to run it at higher scales (e.g. run 1000 simulations  
of a slope instead of 1) and they've teamed up with us to do that (the  
Bristol particle physics group is heavily involved in computing for  
the LHC, so this is small fry ;)). They're looking at about 5TB data/ 
year, so nothing too hairy. If they get other funding from the World  
Bank this could balloon significantly.

One of the requirements is that the simulation results can be  
replicated from Bristol to St. Lucia, and on to engineers mobile  
devices, since when a tropical storm hits they often loose network  
connection to the outside world, and it's at these times that the  
simulations are most useful. To me CouchDB (and/or geocouch) is the  
perfect fit for this, and some initial work agrees.

If this sounds interesting to you get in touch with me off list, or go  
to The job advert  
is below.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant: Grid Computing for Landslide Modelling
£29,853 - £33,600

This project will establish large-scale resource provisioning and
sophisticated data mining for landslide modelling for use in risk  
It will couple Grid software, developed for the Large Hadron Collider,  
proven, cutting-edge software in the field of slope hydrology and

You will develop the current proof of principle system. The new system  
include the following features: transparent use of large scale computing
resources; secure, transparent storage and access to data and  
authentication and authorisation mechanisms with auditing, accounting  
charging mechanisms.

You will have experience of the Python scripting language, as well as
experience of Grid or Cloud computing. You will also have good  
knowledge of
metadata management and proven ability to deliver sustainable software  
in an
agile development environment.

The project will be carried out as a partnership between Particle  
in the University of Bristol Department of Physics, and academics  
within the
School of Geographical Sciences.

If successful, you may be appointed either on a fixed term or a  
contract depending on the extent of your previous relevant research
experience. Further information can be found at

For informal enquiries please contact Professor N.H Brook on (0117)  
954 6877
or e-mail:
Further details and application form can be found at
Alternatively you can e-mail or telephone  
0117 954
6947, quoting reference number 15582.
The closing date for applications is 9.00am, Tuesday 24 August 2010.
Interviews date: week commencing Monday 6 September 2010.
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