[ESIP-all] Fwd: [University-WG] Fwd: [Dbworld] PhD Position in Array Databases

David Arctur darctur at opengeospatial.org
Fri Oct 29 13:57:07 EDT 2010


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From: Peter Baumann <p.baumann at jacobs-university.de>
Date: October 29, 2010 12:19:09 PM CDT
Cc: <university-wg at lists.opengeospatial.org>
Subject: [University-WG] Fwd: [Dbworld] PhD Position in Array Databases

! PhD Position in Array Databases

The Large-Scale Scientific Information Systems group [1] is seeking excellent graduate students interested in pursuing a PhD in Computer Science in the area of array databases.

Array databases extend (relational) database models with query and storage support for large multi-dimensional arrays. These occur, e.g., in the geo sciences as 1-D sensor time series, 2-D satellite maps, 3-D x/y/t image time series and x/y/z seismic data, and 4-D x/y/z/t climate / ocean modelling data. But also Life Sciences need array support, e.g., for 3-D/4-D brain images and gene expression data. "Large" in this context means Terabyte, Petabyte, and in future Exabyte sizes per single object.

Jacobs University has a strong reputation and leading position in array databases. Topics addressed in our research group encompass all aspects of array databases, such as theory (e.g., array algebrae), query languages, optimization, architectures (e.g., hw/sw parallelism, tape robot integration), benchmarking, and applications (e.g., geo, life science, astrophyics, Grid). Our research platform is rasdaman ("raster data manager") [2,3], the first and "most comprehensive" [Rona Machlin, ACM PoDS 2007] implementation of an array DBMS. Collaborations exist with geo and life science researchers worldwide. In the Open GeoSpatial Consortium we help shaping interoperable geo service standards [4].

Students will be funded for three years, in which they are expected to complete their PhD. Additional funding - e.g., for conference trips - is available for students who achieve and maintain excellent performance.

Requirements: A strong background in computer science, willingness to work hard, and interest in research are all must-haves. A solid knowledge in Web/databases (including substantial programming experience) is also essential. Strong GRE scores and (if English is not a native language) good TOEFL scores are a plus.

Interested candidates should contact Peter BAUMANN by emailing their material, including at least one reference.

Jacobs University Bremen is an international research university located in the North of Germany, close to the sea. In an all-english environment students from 91 nations experience an optimal teacher/student ratio of about 1:10-1:12. Not the least, there is a vibrant social life with manifold student clubs and activities on and off campus. Jacobs University has been termed "elite university" by the New York Times in 2006. The Computer Science Department has been ranked top 10 by karriere.de in May 2005, and recently with a top position in the CHE ranking 2010.

[1] https://www.jacobs-university.de/lsis
[2] www.rasdaman.org
[3] www.earthlook.org
[4] wwww.opengeospatial.org/standards/wcs

Dr. Peter Baumann
- Professor of Computer Science, Jacobs University Bremen
  mail: p.baumann at jacobs-university.de
  tel: +49-421-200-3178, fax: +49-421-200-493178
- Executive Director, rasdaman GmbH Bremen (HRB 147737)
  www.rasdaman.com, mail: baumann at rasdaman.com
  tel: 0800-rasdaman, fax: 0800-rasdafax, mobile: +49-173-5837882
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