Monday, 30 September 2013

Four open faculty positions at Stony Brook University

Dear Department Chair, As part of the inaugural mission of the new Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS) at Stony Brook University (SBU), we are advertising four new faculty positions: two endowed chairs and two junior faculty. For this search, each IACS faculty member will have a joint appointment with our institute and either the Computer Science or Applied Mathematics & Statistics departments at SBU. We would appreciate it if you could circulate the attached advertisement to all those you feel might be interested in and appropriate for the open positions. Of specific interest is research in, for example, programming models, algorithms, or numerical representations that advance scientific productivity or broaden the benefit and impact of high-performance and data-centric computing.

The IACS ( was established in 2012 with an endowment of $20M and the intent to make sustained advances in the fundamental techniques of computation and in high-impact applications including engineering and the physical, life, and social sciences. The current eight faculty members will double in number over the next few years to span all aspects of computation with the intent of creating a vibrant, multi-disciplinary program. Our goal is to generate ideas that will influence not only SBU but the state, the nation and our international research communities. We are looking for active, interdisciplinary thinkers who take intellectual risks and find excitement in developing and sharing ideas and technologies on a global stage. The selected candidates will have access to world-class facilities including those at nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Applications can be submitted directly through the Academic Jobs Online link found in the attached advertisement, which is also pasted here Thank you for your time.

Robert J. Harrison
Professor and Director
Institute for Advanced Computational Science
Stony Brook University

Friday, 27 September 2013

Full-Time Programming Opportunities with PDT Partners New York City

We are a quantitative research and algorithmic trading group that recently launched as an independent hedge fund manager – this allows us to offer a highly-collaborative, research and technology-oriented environment with the excitement of a startup.

We will be on campus on Thursday, October 3rd to interview for the following open roles:

Open roles for computer scientists and engineers:

  • Algo-Trading Monitoring Specialist (00214284)
  • Systems Administrator (Linux/Unix) (00214290)
  • Systems Programmer (00214258)

If you’re interested in any of these opportunities, apply now via JobMine.

DEADLINE: Friday, September 27th at Midnight!

Based on the belief that rigorous scientific investigation can unveil inefficiencies in financial markets, PDT was created to develop and systematically trade quantitative strategies. PDT was founded by Peter Muller in 1993 as a proprietary quantitative trading group within Morgan Stanley and became an independent investment manager in 2013, with offices in New York, London, and Hong Kong.

PDT is a fun and collaborative community of tech geeks, science fiction fans, Lord of the Rings aficionados, musicians, martial artists, extreme-sports enthusiasts and foodies who enjoy a non-hierarchical, professional environment. Our culture encourages and expects significant contribution from all members.

The group encourages new ideas and an entrepreneurial intensity from everyone. Each member of PDT enjoys an exciting work environment and a sense of ownership in the success of the group, and the culture of PDT remains very down-to-earth and collegial. New members work directly with more experienced colleagues in an atmosphere of respect and mentorship. Diversity of background, experience, and interests defines the group's vitality.

For more information, visit

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

CS Upper Year Course Information Session

·     Information on all fourth-year and optional third-year courses.
·     Differences among courses explained
·     Advice on preparation for upper-year specialization (e.g. what courses to choose to prepare for graphics, AI)

Monday, September 30
DC 1302

Refreshments will be provided

Monday, 23 September 2013

Next Waterloo ACM-style Programming Contest

The next Waterloo-local ACM-style programming contest will be held on Saturday, September 28 in MC 3022. All members of the UW community are invited to try their programming skill in Scheme, C, C++, Java, or Pascal.

For full details and online registration, please see:

The contest will run from 1 pm sharp until 4 pm, and will be followed by pizza. There will be a practice contest in the morning to allow contestants, especially those competing for the first time, to get their account setup and become familiar with the contest environment.

Contestants participating in the practice contest should arrive by 10:30 am in MC 3022. For out-of-town participants, it is possible to participate remotely using a web-based system, but local participants
are encouraged to attend in person if possible.

If you have any questions, please contact Troy Vasiga (

Thursday, 19 September 2013

The C3 Conference is here - Apply by Thursday Sep 26th, 11:59pm

Want to get involved in awesome new initiatives?

If so, the C3 Conference is for you!

The C3 Inspire Team is bringing together the brightest and most energetic students from all programs across UW and WLU for you to CONNECT, COLLABORATE and CREATE new business or social change ideas with. It doesn't matter if you have an idea or not, we are looking for awesome, passionate people like you to join us. The C3 Conference is completely FREE, and will be happening on Sunday, October 6th.

You'll get a chance to hear 3 inspiring speakers, work on ideas in 3 breakout sessions led by experienced professionals, and have 3 chances to network with the other awesome delegates. You will be joined by successful young entrepreneurs who will share their experiences and offer their advice.

As you may have questions along the way, we have experts from various industries like Accounting, Telecom and eCommerce available for you to consult with.  We know that making an impact in society is hard work so lunch is on us because want to keep everyone at their best.

Space is limited, and you must apply through  to be considered.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact or visit the website

The deadline to apply is September 26th at 11:59pm EST.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Tech Opportunities with the D. E. Shaw group

There are some financial firms where technology doesn’t take a back seat.

Headquartered in New York City, the D. E. Shaw group is a highly successful investment and technology development firm with an international reputation. Students with strong technical backgrounds are often drawn to our approach, which combines insights from quantitative fields, software development, and finance. We offer a stimulating work environment and colleagues from the best science and engineering programs in the world. Our team includes Putnam Fellows, International Math Olympiad medalists, patent holders, and hundreds of people passionate about CS, EE, physics, and math. 

The work environment at the firm is incredibly stimulating and enriching, but surprisingly casual for the financial industry. Our culture doesn't fit the typical corporate mold: though we’re competitive people, we’re not competitive with each other; you’ll see more jeans than suits in our offices; and we value the academic environment that allows us to continually learn from our colleagues. 

Interested students should apply directly online:

We look forward to hearing from you, and best of luck with your studies.
Kind regards,
Valerie Valtz
Human Capital | Recruiting
The D. E. Shaw group

Google @ UWaterloo

Hello uWaterloo students!

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. It's an enormous goal to accomplish and we need great people to help us achieve it.

Come learn about Google and meet our Googlers at these exciting events!

Google Tech Lightning Talks
When: Fri Sept 20 from 11:30am-1pm
Where: TC 2218
What: uWaterloo Lightning Tech Talks: Come hear from three uWaterloo alumni at Google on the exciting technology and massive data scale they work with everyday. Our speakers will discuss Android development, cutting edge ad format development, and the Associate product manager role.
RSVP: Please sign up for the tech talk on this RSVP form.
We’ll have plenty of pizza, caffeine, and some *awesome* raffle prizes, so please don’t miss this event!

Ship Wars - limited spaces available
When: Thurs Sept 19 from 6pm-9:00pm
Where: Google Waterloo, 151 Charles Street W, Waterloo, Ontario N2G 1H6
What:  Feel the power as you program your own spaceship. Experience the thrill of maneuvering your craft in a virtual universe. Undergo challenges as you battle head-to-head with other participants. An intergalactic battle will ensue! Join us at Google Waterloo for this popular, invite-only uWaterloo student coding competition.

Please note: space is *extremely* limited and we expect this event to quickly fill up, so please  RSVP quickly.  We’ll be shutting down the registration form once capacity is met.

We are hiring!

You can also stay in touch with us by checking out the Google Students blog, following our Google+ Students Page, and viewing the student YouTube channel where you can learn more about the interview process.  

Thursday, 12 September 2013

WICS: Lunch with Mary Lou Soffa

On Friday, September 20th Mary Lou Soffa will be visiting the University
of Waterloo for our Distinguished Lecture Series. Her seminar will take place at 3:30pm and more information can be found at the following link

WICS is hosting a lunch with her on that day in MC 5158 from 12:00-2:00. You are all invited to attend. This is a great opportunity to both meet Prof. Soffa and enjoy lunch with other women from the school.

There is no need to RSVP. I hope to see you at the lunch!


Kate Larson
Associate Professor
Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON, Canada

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Waterloo DECA Kick-off Event

Interested in a career in business? Want to solidify your communication, teamwork, and presentation skills? UW DECA is a club that focuses on building students' "soft" skills to help them excel further in their pursuits. We aim to achieve this through various business case competitions and training events. Please see our website for more details! 

Next Wednesday, September 18th, we are hosting our club kick-off event and we would love to see you there! Learn more about our club, mingle with our executive team and enjoy free pizza.

UW DECA is also hiring Junior executives - please see if you are interested.

Best Wishes,

Waterloo DECA Executive Team

Seeking CS Students for Groupon, Zappos, Addepar Projects

I'm Aaron, the community manager at MindSumo. We help employers host skill-based projects for students, who can then compete for cash prizes and entry-level jobs/internships. Over 500 employers use MindSumo, and we have awarded over $100,000 in cash prizes to date.

Would you be willing to forward these 3 opportunities below to your computer science students?

Groupon Challenge: What is the best way to leverage HTML5 in our mobile apps?
Zappos Challenge: Write an application to help customers find the right price.
Addepar Challenge: Can your dev tool boost engineering productivity?

Friday, 6 September 2013

IBM Research-Austin hiring multiple mobile researchers

IBM recently unveiled MobileFirst, a major initiative to develop mobile-related technologies and products that include security, analytics, mobile app development, and cloud-based backend services.  MobileFirst is already causing dramatic shifts in the focus of our product and research teams, and the Austin Research lab has been asked to lead key portions of IBM's mobile research agenda.

IBM Research-Austin has multiple openings for systems researchers who can help us drive IBM's mobile research agenda.  We are helping develop IBM's mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) platform, and exploring topics related to runtimes for mobile backend services, mobile analytics, and mobile services (e.g., location, identity, data with varying consistency and availability requirements, and security).  We are also building novel mobile applications and services for industries such as healthcare, energy, education, and agriculture.

Ideal candidates will have experience performing world-class research on mobile apps or backends, but we are happy to provide an opportunity for skilled researchers who want to shift their focus to this new mobile world. Talented researchers, fresh or experienced, from most areas of software systems research are welcome, e.g., distributed systems, OS, storage, networking, and runtimes.

On a less technical note, Austin is a booming tech center with many tech behemoths (IBM, Apple, Qualcomm, ...) and born-on-the-web up-and-comers (HomeAway, VRBO, RetailMeNot, ...).  We are the "Live Music Capital of the World" thanks to SXSW, Austin City Limits, and hundreds of live music venues.  Austin pops up on most Top Ten Places to Live / Work and has a cost of living roughly 60% of Silicon Valley or NYC.  In short, Austin is a great place to live and work.

If you are interested in these positions, you can find more details below.  To apply, send me email with your CV and background material you think would be useful.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


Dr. John Carter <>, Senior Manager (Future Systems), IBM Research - Austin
IBM Research-Austin has multiple positions (permanent and postdoc, fresh PhD or experienced professional) for world class researchers in the following research areas:

  • Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS): Mobile devices are rapidly becoming the primary way that people access internet content and services.  This shift is changing not only user experiences, but also the way that back end services in the data center are built and managed.  Our lab is exploring novel ways to build the mobile backend software stack of the future.  This effort includes both the core MBaaS design, as well as services tailored for mobile apps, e.g., location, identity, data, and security.  Research areas pertinent to this work include distributed systems, middleware services, cloud computing environments, security, and language runtimes.
  • Mobile Applications: At the core of the mobile revolution is the explosion in mobile apps.  As any good systems researcher knows, using the right workload is critical to evaluate and optimize a system.  To drive the work described above, we are partnering with both internal (IBM) and external mobile software developers.  To augment these partnerships, we are looking for researchers with experience building, scaling, and evaluating mobile applications.

Successful candidates will have deep knowledge related to one or more of the above areas and the demonstrated ability to carry their ideas through to the prototype and implementation level.  Candidates should have a substantial track record of publishing research results in top research conferences and/or journals.  Applicants who have implemented substantial projects are preferred.  Experience with mobile systems is preferred, but not required.  Creative thinking and the ability to work in a team are required.  Successful researchers must disseminate the results of their research through papers, patent disclosures, conference presentations, and the like, so strong communication skills are important.  New hires will contribute to existing projects, but also be given the freedom to initiate new projects relevant to IBM.

IBM Research-Austin is one of 12 IBM research laboratories worldwide.  Our lab focuses on systems research that pushes the limits of emerging technologies.  We are working on mobile systems, software-defined networking, power management, workload-optimized systems for Big Data (analytics), OpenPOWER (scale-out POWER), and Smarter Planet (water management and cancer treatment).  Our work is highly collaborative, both within the lab and beyond.  And Austin is an awesome place to live!


Palantir Lobby Day

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Palantir Technologies Information Session

Thursday, September 19th
Tatham Centre 2218 A and B 
Food will be catered by Burrito Boyz
Enter raffle to win a prize! 
Please join Palantir Technologies, to learn how we are revolutionizing the analysis of hard and important problems that face our world today. We build the technology that allows people at the world's most critical institutions to make sense of their data.We solve the technical problems, so they can solve the human ones. Combating terrorism. Tracking disease outbreaks. Finding missing and exploited children. We believe that with the right technology and enough data, people can still solve hard problems and change the world for the better.
View a live demo of our data fusion platforms, and learn how you can be a part of our mission.

Information Session on Graduate Studies

Thursday, September 19
4:30 – 6:00 pm
(Information session on scholarships at 2:45 pm in DC1302)

Second, third and fourth year students are invited to learn about graduate studies in Computer Science and other math programs by attending this information session led by our faculty members.

Scholarship information will be presented at 2:45 pm.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Contact for more information.

Heather Steinmetz
Recruitment Coordinator
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo
519-888-4567, ext. 35144