Research Assistant positions available at ACIS

Attention all ECE and CISE PhD students.

The Advanced Computing and Information Systems (ACIS) Laboratory is looking for multiple highly skilled and motivated Ph.D. students to work as research assistants with Dr. José Fortes. This job will entail research work on one of the following projects funded by the National Science Foundation: iDigBio, or PRAGMA. These projects involve collaboration with US and international institutions, and students will have opportunities to interact with both UF and external researchers.

Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio,, the National Resource for Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC), is making data and images for millions of biological specimens available in electronic format for the research community, government agencies, students, educators, and the general public. In this project, the graduate assistant will develop, design, implement and test cloud-based infrastructure to organize, transform, search, and analyze the data.

The Pacific Rim Applications and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA -, explores the technical, organizational, and trust dimensions that enable small-to-medium-sized international networks of research scientists to address common scientific questions. The ACIS lab participates in several PRAGMA expeditions, and in particular, leads the efforts on establishing an international Software-Defined Network (SDN) testbed (PRAGMA-ENT). In this project, the graduate student will have access to state-of-the-art SDN systems, and will evaluate and develop technologies to manage, drive, and operate the SDN infrastructure.

Ideal candidates will: (1) have strong computer programming skills; (2) have a strong background in software engineering; (3) be able to work independently to solve problems; (4) have knowledge about virtualization technologies; (5) have background on computer networks and distributed computing; (6) have good foundation on database management concepts, (7) be proficient in UNIX environments; (8) be proficient in Web and online software development; and (9) have excellent writing skills.

If interested, please send the following information to
- A cover letter briefly (1 or 2 paragraphs) describing:
o Your study/career goals, department and program you are enrolled.
o Which of the two projects interests you the most? Which of the two projects interests you the least? Justify your answer.
- Resume.