Posted : 7 March 2023
Closes : 24 April 2023
Location : Galway




Ref. No. University of Galway 061-23

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed-term position as a Research Associate with the Data Science Institute at the University of Galway’s College of Science and Engineering.

The University now wishes to recruit outstanding individuals to a full-time one-year contract research position within the Data Science Institute, to contribute to a research programme called Data2Sustain being undertaken from 2023 to 2026. This position is co-funded by Ireland’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (the EU’s Recovery and Resilience Facility), the Digital Europe Programme, and the Government of Ireland, and is available from 15th May 2023 for one year.

The successful candidate will manage the “Test Before Invest” workpackage, as part of the Data2Sustain project, funded as a European Digital Innovation Hub. This will include leading work on transfer/dissemination of applied technology innovation skills and know-how from our project partners to companies around Ireland. The appointed candidate will be expected to lead the University of Galway’s activities around the provision of technology skills and know-how for adoption by the EDIH’s company clients, as well as working on the administrative, marketing and outreach activities for the Data2Sustain project.

A demonstrated ability and substantial experience of technology adoption in industry and innovation in research organisations and an excellent understanding of the core topics as regards emerging technologies are essential for this post. Candidates with relevant academic and industry experience are especially encouraged to apply. The appointees must have good interpersonal skills and be prepared to collaborate with his/her colleagues within the College, University, nationally and internationally.

Successful candidates will also engage in research at the Data Science Institute as part of this role. Candidates should have a track record of research and writing technical reports or publications. They are expected to work with colleagues towards acquiring related national and international research funding, and will be expected to develop national and international collaborations between the Data Science Institute and academia/industry.

Applications are invited from those with a primary degree/Master of Computing, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Technology Management or related area, and over four years of post-qualification experience.


The successful candidates will:

  • Conduct a specified programme of research and scholarship in the areas of technology adoption in companies under the supervision and direction of the Director and Principal Investigators at the Data Science Institute
  • Engage in project management, administrative duties associated with the research programme
  • Support the Director, Principal Investigators and others in the Data Science Institute with the design and development of the research programme
  • Support the development of proposals for research funding
  • Disseminate research results and activities through technical papers, reports, tutorials and seminars where appropriate
  • Engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the Data Science Institute and the University of Galway
  • Co-supervise, mentor and support students in the University of Galway where appropriate
  • Engage in or assist with other teaching activities when appropriate

Qualifications/Skills required:

 Essential Requirements:

 A primary degree/Master of Computing, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Technology Management or related area, and over four years of relevant post-qualification experience

  • Knowledge of applied, innovation in companies and corporates, R&D environments
  • Ability to work in a team-based environment developing and delivering solutions on time and to specification
  • Motivated and proactive attitude, willing to take ownership and initiative in all work assignments
  • Excellent analysis and problem solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written (English)
  • Creative thinking
  • Technical experience and skills to transfer ideas into reality
  • Excellent interpersonal communicator and good team player
  • Ability to identify and fulfil the academic writing requirements for target publications

Desirable Requirements:

 Knowledge of IP arrangements, technology management and adoption, innovation strategies (Disciplined Entrepreneurship, Lean Startup, Business Model Canvas)

  • Understanding of technology innovations and state-of-the-art ICT frameworks
  • Experience of working in large EU/other research projects
  • Research project management experience
  • Experience of website creation and maintenance, newsletters, social media dissemination techniques
  • Experience engaging in research collaborations with industry

Salary: €41,209 to €53,091 per annum.

Start date: Position is available from 21st May 2023.

Continuing Professional Development/Training:

Researchers at the University of 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 the University of Galway is available on Research at University of Galway

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Galway is located on the beautiful west coast of Ireland, ‘between’ Europe and the US, making it an ideal hub for national, European and international research. Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Professor John Breslin.

To Apply:

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 Professor John Breslin,

Please put reference number University of Galway 061-23 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm 24th April 2023

Interviews are planned to be held on 28th April 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

The University of Galway provides continuing professional development supports for all researchers seeking to build their own career pathways either within or beyond academia.  Researchers are encouraged to engage with our Researcher Development Centre (RDC) upon commencing employment – see for further information.’