Postdoctoral Researcher (x2) – Foundation Models and Machine Learning
Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics, Data Science Institute
Ref. No. University of Galway 276-23
Applications are invited from suitable candidates for two full-time, fixed-term, 18-month contract positions as Postdoctoral researchers with the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics at the University of Galway.
This position is part-funded through the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Adra-e (https://adra-e.eu/), and DSSC (https://dssc.eu/) projects funded by the European Union. The position is available from 1st January 2023 to 30th June 2025. This position is highly interdisciplinary as it supports the advancement of Foundation Model and AI in Europe on an unprecedented scale with a European approach to data sharing and AI that optimizes economic benefits combined with European values.
The postdoctoral researchers will be expected to perform research and development in the area of Foundation Models, data space, and AI within an established group of researchers and PhD students with expertise in data and knowledge engineering, data analytics and large-scale data processing, as well as a long tradition of applying this expertise in various domains, including healthcare, education, sustainability, smart cities, privacy and digital humanities.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape the data and AI landscape within Europe, research the design and development of Foundation Models for data spaces, neuro-symbolic AI and support stakeholder awareness and education. You will participate in cross-consortium meetings with academic and industry project partners and engage within external events with stakeholders in the European Data and AI Ecosystems.
The successful candidates will be based in the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics at the University of Galway. The candidates will be supported in their professional development, be able to avail of a range of career level focussed training opportunities, have the potential to publish research findings in leading journals and international events.
The successful candidates will be expected to:
Salary: Postdoctoral Researcher pay scale €42,783 – €54,965 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 pay scale (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 from January 1, 2024.
Continuing Professional Development/Training:
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Insight is the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centre for Data Analytics. It is one of the largest data analytics centres in Europe. It seeks to derive value from Big Data and provides innovative technology solutions for industry and society by enabling better decision-making. It supports 450 researchers across the country in areas such as the Fundamentals of Data Science, Sensing and Actuation, Scaling Algorithms, Model Building, Multi Modal Analysis, Data Engineering and Governance, Decision Making and Trustworthy AI. More information on the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics is available at www.insight-centre.org
Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to:
Christiane Leahy-Coen email@example.com and
Rafiqul Haque, firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
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 Rafiqul Haque, firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Please put reference number University of Galway 276-23 in subject line of e-mail application.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm (Irish Time) November 23, 2023.
Interview is planned to be held in December 2023
We reserve the right to re-advertise or extend the closing date for this post.
The University of Galway is an equal opportunities employer.
All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment.