Postdoctoral Researcher/Research Fellow – Civil Engineering and Computer Science
Insight SFI Research Centre, Data Science Institute
Ref. No. University of Galway 239-23
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Fellow with the Insight Centre, located within the Data Science Institute, University of Galway, Ireland.
This position is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and Ward & Burke Construction Ltd and is available from 22 September 2023 for 2 years.
The Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics is one of the largest data analytics centres in Europe. It undertakes high-impact research, seeks to derive value from Big Data and provides innovative technology solutions for industry and society by enabling better decision-making. Insight is one of the largest data analytics centres in Europe. It undertakes high-impact research, seeks to derive value from Big Data and provides innovative technology solutions for industry and society by enabling better decision-making. See https://www.insight-centre.org/.
At the Data Science Institute (DSI), we research technologies at the convergence of Computer Science, Web Science and Artificial Intelligence to build a fundamental understanding of how information and knowledge are increasingly driving society through digital processes, and of the tools, techniques and principles supporting a data-enhanced world. See https://www.universityofgalway.ie/dsi.
The successful candidate will be part of a project team with substantial expertise and ongoing research in this area: 2 PIs and 1 PhD student in the University of Galway, and collaborators in Ward & Burke Construction Ltd and in University of Cambridge, UK.
The research programme will be in Machine Learning (ML) for Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Operation and will include literature review, coding of simulations and experiments, visiting WWTP locations, installing data-gathering equipment onsite and collecting data from it (in collaboration with Ward & Burke Construction Ltd. employees onsite), publication and dissemination.
The research programme includes collecting data from WWTPs, including time on-site at some WWTPs and in interaction with Ward & Burke Construction Ltd; using statistical ML such as regression modelling and Bayesian ML to deal with missing and anomalous data; developing ML models for fault detection and diagnosis and predictive maintenance of WWTPs and for real-time control of WWTPs.
Depending on the candidate’s experience they may be hired at Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Fellow level with differing duties as follows.
Duties (if hired at the Post-doctoral Researcher level):
Duties (if hired at the Research Fellow level):
If hired at the Research Fellow level, requirements additionally include:
Salary: Postdoctoral Researcher salary scale €42,032 – €54,153 per annum; Research Fellow salary scale €60,412 – €78,863 per annum, (subject to the project’s funding limitations), and pro rata for shorter and/or part-time contracts.
The default position for all new public sector appointments is the 1st point of the salary scale. This may be reviewed, and consideration afforded to appointment at a higher point on the payscale, (subject to the project’s funding limitations), where evidence of prior years’ equivalent experience is accepted in determining placement on the scale above point 1, subject to the maximum of the scale.
Start date: Position is available immediately.
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Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Dr James McDermott email@example.com.
Please put reference number University of Galway 239-23 in subject line of e-mail application.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm (Irish Time) 6th October 2023
We reserve the right to re-advertise or extend the closing date for this post.
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