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Data Scientist Postdoctoral position: Insight Centre @ NUI Galway

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term position as a Postdoctoral researcher at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, National University of Ireland, Galway.   This position may be extended depending on project success and future funding acquisition.

At Insight we offer a stimulating, dynamic, multi-cultural research environment and a great research infrastructure, with excellent ties to both leading research groups and industries worldwide. The successful candidate will be expected to integrate into the existing research unit on Information Mining and Retrieval. They will be working in collaboration with researchers and PhD students at the leading edge of those fields, and will be expected to progressively develop their own research trajectory as contribution to the strategic research direction of the centre, in particular through establishing both academic and industrial collaborations.

Job Description:

The successful candidate will be expected to work with the research unit head  in research, supervision and research group management. They will work with the unit head in supervising a team focusing on key research challenges in  the following (overlapping) areas:

Network and graph data analytics, including network science, graph/network analytics and graph databases, web-mining, web-science, (relational) machine learning and knowledge discovery, adaptive/explorative search and recommender systems, novel applications of linked-data

This position is funded by the current Insight Centre SFI Grant  until June 2019. The position may be extended depending on project success and future funding acquisition. The Insight Centre at NUI Galway is part of the broader Insight Centre network, comprising more than 400 researchers in Data Science and Analytics. The successful candidate(s) will have the opportunity to supervise and co-supervise Master and PhD students, as well as to possibly contribute to teaching in the College of Engineering’s MSc in Computer Science (Data Analytics). The candidate(s) will contribute to ongoing research on a collaborative basis with other research units within the Insight Centre.



The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Carry out their own research, demonstrate leadership through collaboration with junior researchers, and develop their own academic career.

  • Assist the head of unit in the supervision and development of the research group

  • Actively support the acquisition of additional funding for the group and the institute

  • Contribute to the dissemination of the group’s and centre’s research activities

  • Make significant contribution to the on-going initiatives within the Insight centre and the College of Engineering and Informatics

  • Collaborate extensively with relevant units and projects within Insight

  • Collaborate with industry as part of industry research partnerships and with international networks

  • Participate as a member of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics Galway team in a collegial way, assisting in the definition and realisation of the scientific goals and vision of the institute.

  • When required, support technology transfer into the community and businesses through demonstrators and international co-operations

  • Support the unit leadership and institute directorship with administrative and unit/institute development tasks.

Essential Skills: 
  • A PhD in Computer Science/Engineering or relevant field in topics relevant to the position
  • Demonstrated ability to execute and  publish high quality research in topic-ranked conferences and/or journals 
  • Demonstrated ability to express a clear research vision on one of those topics
  • Proven technical ability to realise/develop/implement such a vision
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation communication skills
  • Excellent skills in problem-solving, data analytics and programming.
  • Willingness and ability to supervise students and junior researchers

Desirable Requirements

  • Understanding and initial track record of raising research funding
  • Organisational skills, especially through contribution to the organisation of scientific events such as workshops and tutorials
  • Experience and understanding in external, non-expert communication, including through media and social media
  • Strong technical expertise in large scale data processing platform

Continuing Professional Development/Training:  Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.   

Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway 

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Further information about Insight Centre for Data Analytics is available at

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm on Wednesday  31st January 2018. 

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment.
To Apply:  Applications to include a letter of introduction, a CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in PDF only) to   Please put reference number UIMR-1-2018 in subject line of e-mail application.  


Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to:

Application End Date: 
Wednesday, 31 January, 2018