Research Assistant – Stairway to AI: Ease the Engagement of Low-Tech users to the AI-on-Demand platform through AI
Posted : 8 March 2021
Closes : 6 April 2021
Location : University College Cork

Position Summary

Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant to join the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics, based at the School of Computer Science & I.T., University College Cork, Ireland. The position holder will work on the H2020 project StairwAI (Stairway to AI: Ease the Engagement of Low-Tech users to the AI-on-Demand platform through AI).

The position holder will have responsibility for executing the communications activities, under the management of the PI representing UCC’s role, in the H2020 funded project StairwAI. The role consists of contributing to the management and execution of tasks in the work-package focused on ‘Outreach activities and the long-term sustainability’ of the project. The role also includes responsibility for workload administration. An important aspect of the role is the development of productive relationships with key internal and external partners. Furthermore, a close cooperation will be required to cooperate with other team members working on the related H2020, in order to facilitate the progress of the StairwAI project, maximising the outcomes for the group. This post will involve travel nationally and throughout Europe to project events and consortia meetings.

About StairwAI

The StairwAI project targets low-tech users with the goal of facilitating their engagement on the AI on-demand Platform ( This will be achieved through a new service layer enriching the functionalities of the on-demand platform and containing: (1) a multi-lingual interaction layer enabling conversations with the Platform in the user’s own language, (2) a horizontal matchmaking service for the automatic discovery of AI assets (tools, data sets, AI experts, consultants, papers, courses etc.) meeting the user business needs and, (3) a vertical matchmaking service that will dimension and provision hardware resources through a proper hardware provider (HPC, Cloud and Edge infrastructures).
These services are designed and implemented by using techniques in an AI for AI fashion. The AI techniques deployed in the development of the services are natural language processing for the multi-lingual interaction, constraint solving, optimization and machine learning for horizontal and vertical matchmaking, knowledge representation for organizing the platform AI assets, reputation and fairness mechanisms to improve the matching results.
StairwAI will have a tremendous impact on the sustainability, collaboration opportunities, accessibility and fairness of the AI on-demand Platform, enabling the definition of proper business models for the uptake of AI bringing new value for EU industry. (

About Insight

The Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics ( is an SFI funded Research Centre that brings together researchers from University College Dublin, NUI Galway, University College Cork, and Dublin City University, as well as other partner institutions, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University of Limerick (UL), Maynooth University (MU) and Tyndall National Institute. It creates a critical mass of more than 400 researchers from Ireland’s leading ICT clusters to carry out research on a new generation of data analytics technologies in a number of key application domain areas, such as Health and Human Performance, Smart Communities, Internet of Things, Enterprise and Services and Sustainability and Operations.

Post Duration: 18 Months

Salary: €23,061 – €35,922 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Project: StairwAI

For an information package including further details of the post see

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Mr. Shaun Gavigan, EU Programme Manager, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, School of Computer Science & I.T. Email:

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title and project name.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 26 March 2021. No late applications will be accepted.


Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

Job ID : 043656
Closing Date : 26-Mar-2021 12:00