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From Simon Metson <>
Subject Re: Job working with CouchDB in Bristol, UK
Date Wed, 18 Aug 2010 13:27:28 GMT
	Just a reminder, the closing date for this is next week (9am on the  

On 26 Jul 2010, at 18:34, Simon Metson wrote:

> 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.
> Cheers
> Simon
> 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  
> reduction.
> It will couple Grid software, developed for the Large Hadron  
> Collider, with
> proven, cutting-edge software in the field of slope hydrology and
> geotechnics.
> You will develop the current proof of principle system. The new  
> system will
> include the following features: transparent use of large scale  
> computing
> resources; secure, transparent storage and access to data and  
> appropriate
> authentication and authorisation mechanisms with auditing,  
> accounting and
> 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  
> Physicists
> 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  
> permanent
> 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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