Purpose of Position

This is an attractive opportunity for an innovative early career researcher to contribute to the EU-funded SMARDY project, a new multi-national Eureka R&D project

The SMARDY Consortium will develop a research data marketplace for technology transfer built as a software and Open Data carpentry, where academia, industry, and government can exchange curated datasets, technology, and tools to foster economic and social development. Further details are available from the SMARDY portal at: https://smardy-project.eu/  

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral Research Associate affiliated to the Cloud Competency Centre (CCC) of the National College of Ireland (https://www.ncirl.ie/cloud)—a research centre committed to bridging high-performance computing, distributed ledger technologies, data analytics, and parallel processing—and employed by DTSL, a leading SME with core strengths in up-skilling, competency enablement, and leadership development across all sectors of industry (https://digitaltechnologyskills.ie/ ). Both organisations are core partners in SMARDY.

The successful applicant will carry out analytical and coding work to design, develop, and empirically evaluate a traceable Open Data innovation model by deploying public distributed ledgers on cloud infrastructures in order to control access rights to datasets, with data models able to grant access according to policies completely kept under the control of the data owner/producer.

Reporting to:              

Head of the Cloud Competency Centre

Key Relationships: 

  • Head of Cloud Competency Centre.
  • SMARDY Consortium partners.
  • Vice President Academic Affairs and Research.
  • School of Computing staff.
  • Dean of School of Computing.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and carry out a work programme aligned with the objectives of the SMARDY project including developing and deploying code and writing project deliverables, conference papers, and journal articles.
  • Contribute to developing and enhancing the research profile of the Cloud Competency Centre.
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties that may be requested by the Head of the Cloud Competency Centre.
  • Proactively engage in writing research proposals for future funding
  • Collaborate in suitable SMARDY activities in Ireland and, when circumstances allow, abroad in subject-related areas.

Key Requirements:

  • PhD (or close to final thesis submission) in Computer Science, Data Science, or closely related discipline.
  • Evidence of publication track record in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and selective conferences in data-intensive computing, computational science, cloud computing, and/or software engineering.
  • Self-motivation, attention to detail, and ability to thrive in an international research team.
  • Relevant interpersonal skills and ability to develop productive working relationships with other researchers and senior staff with diverse cultural backgrounds in an international environment.
  • Capacity to balance the pressures of research tasks and competing deadlines within the project.
  • Strong coding skills in Python/R/Java/C and solid working knowledge and experience of Linux internals, distributed ledger technologies/blockchain, debugging, and software engineering principles. 


2 Year fixed term contract


€37,271 - €55,909 (Academic I Salary Band)

Annual Leave: 

34 Days per annum pro rata



National College of Ireland’s mission is to widen participation in higher education and unlock each student's potential. The College offers students the opportunity to acquire the skills and self-confidence to change their lives, contribute to a knowledge based economy and become responsible, active citizens. 

Application Process:

To apply, please e-mail your cover letter and CV both in PDF format ONLY, quoting reference number: NCI 100 to: recruitment@ncirl.ie by 5:00 pm, 12th August 2022.

Note: The functions and responsibilities assigned to the Open Data Research Associate are based on the current stated role and objectives of the College. These functions and responsibilities may alter in line with any change in the role and objectives of the College.

The successful applicant will be subject to Garda Vetting and must not have any convictions under the Sex Offenders Act 2001.

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In submitting a completed Curriculum Vitae and supporting documentation, candidates are declaring:

  • That all the particulars furnished in their application are true and correct without omission and that they are aware of the qualifications and particulars for this position.
  • That to the best of their knowledge that there is nothing in relation to their conduct, character or personal background of any nature that would adversely affect the position of trust in which they would be placed by virtue of this appointment.
  • Their irrevocable consent to NCI making such enquiries as deemed necessary in respect of their suitability for the post in respect of which their application is made.
  • Their acceptance and confirmation of the entitlement of NCI, as appropriate to, reject their application, or to terminate their employment (in the event of a contract of employment having been entered into on foot of this competition) if they have omitted to furnish NCI with any information relevant to their application or their continued employment or where they have made any false statement or misrepresentation relevant to this application or their continuing employment with the College. #

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