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Postdoctoral Researcher, Confirm SFI Research Centre For Smart Manufacturing, Data Science Institute

National University of Ireland,Galway€38,632 - €43,410 per yearFull-timePart-timeTemporary

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed-term position Postdoctoral Researcher with the Confirm SFI Research Centre for Smart Manufacturing at the Data Science Institute in the National University of Ireland, Galway

The successful candidate will work in the area of data acquisition, data federation, data processing, machine learning, data analytics, and decision making with applied use cases in Smart Manufacturing/Industry 4.0. The selected candidate will work on a project to research, design and build intelligent manufacturing systems. The project team will have an opportunity to work closely with our third-level and industry partners to pursue goal-oriented research.

This position is funded by Science Foundation Ireland, and is available from the 1st October 2021 for one year, extendable up to 1.5 years subject to funding.

Job Description:

The successful candidate will be working with a team of approximately 10 researchers working closely with our third-level and industry partners on a range of topics including data analytics, data processing and acquisition, machine/deep learning, real-time data analytics, and decision support systems – ultimately aiming to design and develop cutting-edge technologies, algorithms, and system solutions for intelligent smart manufacturing.

The Confirm SFI Research Centre for Smart Manufacturing’s activities at NUI Galway are led by Professor John Breslin (Principal Investigator).


The successful candidate will:

  • Conduct research in the area of data science/engineering and AI for developing, testing and benchmarking various proposed solutions for Smart Manufacturing.
  • Support the Principal Investigator in the design and development of the specific research programme to attract research funding.
  • Liaise with third-level and industry partners to accomplish project deliverables and milestones.
  • Build proof-of-concept demonstrators showcasing research outcomes and deploy these solutions in real industrial settings.
  • Disseminate research results and activities through papers, tutorials where appropriate.
  • Engage in the wider research/scholarly activities of the Data Science Institute at NUI Galway.
  • Co-supervise and support PhD students.
  • Engage in or assist with teaching activities when appropriate.

Qualifications/Skills required:

Essential Requirements:

  • PhD in Computer Science, Engineering or related discipline
  • Demonstrated publication record
  • Strong programming skills in Java and/or at least one other programming language (C, C++, Python, Scala)
  • Knowledge of the broad area of data science and engineering for manufacturing systems
  • Ability to work in a team-based environment developing state-of-the-art software solutions on time and to specification
  • Motivated and proactive attitude, willing to take ownership and initiative in all work assignments
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written (English)

Desirable Requirements:

  • Proposal writing experience
  • Experience in working on data analytics for Smart Manufacturing
  • Knowledge of open source and distributed solutions and architectures for big data
  • Hands on experience of working on cloud infrastructures and micro-services
  • General understanding of machine learning techniques and state-of-the art tools
  • Experience of designing data visualisation tools e.g. mashups
  • Experience engaging in research collaborations with industry

Salary: €38,632 to €43,410 per annum pro rata for shorter and/or part-time contracts (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply).

Start date: Position is available from 1st October 2021.

Continuing Professional Development/Training:

Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans. NUI 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.

For information on moving to Ireland please see

Confirm is the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centre for Smart Manufacturing. Confirm benefits from expertise across nine core research performing organisations in Ireland and 16 international collaborations. Confirm has 42 industry partners across the MNC and SME sectors including: Johnson & Johnson, Analog Devices, Action Point, Modular Automation, SL Controls, United Technologies Research Centre Ireland, KUKA, Medtronic, and many others. The selected candidate will have a good opportunity to work with academia as well as closely collaborate with industry partners. The candidate will be based in Galway at the Data Science Institute in NUI Galway. 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.

Further information about the Confirm SFI Research Centre for Smart Manufacturing is available at

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 NUIG-RES-153-21 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm 21st August 2021

Optional: Interviews are planned to be held on 31st August 2021

Due to COVID-19 related restrictions, interviews may take place virtually and start dates may need to be delayed

We reserve the right to re-advertise or extend the closing date for this post.

National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment

The closing date for applications is Saturday the 21st of August 2021

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