Smart DCU Project Officer
Posted : 3 May 2024
Closes : 23 May 2024
Location : DCU
Applications are now invited for the position of #002527 Smart DCU Project Officer, Fixed Term Contract Until December 2025
Background & Role
Smart DCU is one of the five Smart Dublin districts. Initially launched in July 2019 and supported by Dublin City Council, DCU Alpha and DCU Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Smart DCU is located across Dublin City University’s campus.
The rationale behind choosing the university’s campus as the prime location stems from the fact that it encapsulates a microcosm of urban life. Essentially, it encompasses all the elements that constitute a city, be it roads, retail establishments, accommodations, entertainment hubs, and more, albeit on a smaller scale. This controlled and secure living environment serves as an ideal Living Lab, facilitating the seamless piloting of innovative Smart City initiatives.
The wealth of research and start-up expertise within the University makes DCU an ideal Smart District, in particular the expertise of Smart DCU’s partners. Enable is a leading IoT research centre with a presence in eight universities, while Insight is one of Europe’s largest data analytics research organisations, and DCU Alpha is a commercial innovation campus that promotes the growth of research-intensive businesses.
In previous years, Bentley Systems, an American multinational company, partnered with Dublin City Council and Smart DCU to develop a digital twin of the university campus. The intersection of real time data analytics, digital twins, and AR/VR technologies. This is a very successful collaboration and Bentley has described Smart DCU as “The World’s Smartest Sandbox is in the Heart of Dublin” 
The development of digital twins forms the bedrock of the future, facilitated by the deployment of IoT sensing devices across the campus. These devices monitor factors like environmental, waste management, campus occupancy and pedestrian footfall, generating extensive data that can be integrated with the digital twin. This integration offers improved oversight, identifies information gaps, pinpoints challenges, streamlines resource allocation, and empowers operational teams to be proactive.
Due to the success to date, the Smart DCU initiative is being extended for an additional period.  The objective now is to identify, build and galvanize the local network of students and staff to leverage the existing success and expertise of the Smart DCU initiative.
This job description describes the principal purpose and main elements of the job.  It is a guide to the nature and key responsibilities of the job but is not intended as a wholly comprehensive or permanent description.
Parking and secure bicycle storage is available on campus. The DCU Glasnevin campus is well serviced by public transport:
Duties and Responsibilities
Please refer to the job description for a list of duties and responsibilities associated with the role.
Qualifications and Experience
Please refer to the job description for full details on the qualifications and experience required for this role.
Essential Training
The postholder will be required to undertake the following essential compliance training: Orientation, Health & Safety, Data Protection (GDPR) and all Cyber Security Awareness Training.  Other training may need to be undertaken when required.
Salary Scale:
Professional 4 – €41,814 – €61,550
Appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and in line with current Government pay policy.
Closing date: Thursday 23rd May 2024
Additional Information
Please note this role does not meet criteria for a Critical Skills permit as stipulated by the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment.
Pilot Remote Working Policy
DCU is currently operating a pilot remote working policy for staff which consists of 1 day a week and 2 days a week for a period of up to 21 weeks per year. Such weeks are determined by the Head of each Unit in conjunction with HR and will take cognisance of the academic calendar, business needs and the service provision of the particular area. The terms of the pilot remote working policy will apply.
For more information on the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics, please visit:  
Informal Enquiries in relation to this role should be directed to:
Professor Tomás Ward, Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics and School of Computing, Dublin City University.
Phone + 353 (0)1 700 6076
Please do not send applications to this email address, instead apply as described below.
Application Procedure:
Please submit your application through the online system. In order to be considered for the role to which you are applying for, you must upload:
1)  Curriculum Vitae
2)  Cover Letter
3)  Completed application form (blank forms can be downloaded from the bottom of the Vacancy).
Please note, if all items are not uploaded, the application will be deemed incomplete, and will not be processed.
Dublin City University is an equal opportunities employer. In line with the Employment Equality Acts 1998 – 2015, the University is committed to equality of treatment for all those who engage with its recruitment, selection and appointment processes. The University’s Athena SWAN Bronze Award signifies the University’s commitment to promoting gender equality and addressing any gender pay gaps. Information on a range of university policies aimed at creating a supportive and flexible work environment are available in the  DCU Policy Starter Packs