Purpose of Position:

The National College of Ireland is seeking two innovative early career researchers to join the Cloud Competency Centre and contribute to the EU-funded DIGITAL4Security project (https://www.digital4security.eu) and DIGITAL4Business project (https://www.digital4business.eu) respectively.

The DIGITAL4Security project aims to equip European SMEs and Companies across multiple sectors with the cybersecurity management, regulatory, and technical skills they need to prevent and respond to existing and emerging cybersecurity threats, helping to safeguard European industries from cyber-attack. The NCI DIGITAL4Security Principal Investigator is Adriana E. Chis.

The DIGITAL4Business project aims to enable Sustainable Digital Transformation for European businesses by focusing on computer systems and advanced digital skills. The NCI DIGITAL4Business Principal Investigator is Horacio González-Vélez. 


The successful candidates will be affiliated with the Cloud Competency Centre, a research centre dedicated to bridging high-performance computing, parallel processing, open data, and computer security. The post holders will perform novel research and innovation on computer systems broadly encompassing operating systems, systems architecture, distributed systems, optimising compilers, and secure software development.

At the CCC, we recognise the evolving landscape of work and understand the importance of providing a work environment that accommodates the needs and preferences of our diverse team. We firmly believe that offering flexible working conditions is essential for attracting leading researchers.

Here at the CCC, we understand that individuals have different working styles, rhythms, and personal commitments. As such, we encourage flexible work hours, enabling our team members to adapt their schedules to suit their individual needs, as long as the required outcomes and deadlines are met. This flexibility ensures that you have the autonomy to structure your workday effectively, allowing for optimal productivity and personal well-being.

Key Relationships:

  • NCI EU-funded Project Principal Investigator 
  • Head of Cloud Competency Centre
  • NCI EU-funded Project Staff and European partners
  • Vice President Academic Affairs and Research
  • Dean of the School of Computing
  • Other staff members in the School of Computing

Key Responsibilities:

The Postdoctoral Researcher will have the following responsibilities:

  • Develop a comprehensive research programme and conduct high-quality research aligned with the objectives of the specific EU-funded Project such as:
    • develop and deploy code;
    • design postgraduate modules and training materials;
    • assemble project deliverables; 
    • write and present conference papers; and, 
    • write journal articles.
  • Contribute to developing and enhancing the research profile of the Cloud Competency Centre.
  • Collaborate and participate in suitable project-related activities in Ireland and, when circumstances require, abroad in subject-related areas.
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties that may be requested by the Principal Investigator.
  • Engage proactively in writing research proposals for future funding.
  • Assist the Principal Investigator in overseeing software and system development for various projects in Computer Systems at TRL 4 to TRL 7.
  • Participate in the CCC’s activities including showcases, annual reporting, academic accreditations, and EU reviews.

Qualifications and Experience required:

  • A PhD in Computer Science or a closely related discipline.
  • Evidence of publication record in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and selective conferences in computer systems, cloud computing, high-performance computing and/or software engineering. Filed Patents will be a plus.
  • Substantial programming experience using programming languages such as Python/Java/C++/C; solid working knowledge and experience of Linux internals and debugging; familiarity with Cloud/HPC platforms; and extensive knowledge of software engineering principles.
  • 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 EU-funded project.
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • A 2-page Original Research Statement is required as part of the application for this position. The Research Statement should concisely outline the candidate's research interests, previous work, and proposed research including methodology and expected outcomes within the context of computer systems. Note that in the case where Large Language Models have been used to make important changes ("polishing"), such as rewriting whole paragraphs, content and/or code generation it needs to be disclosed accurately, including which sections are concerned.



Annual Leave: 

34 days




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Application Process:

To apply, please e-mail your cover letter, CV and Research Statement as a single PDF file ONLY, using the email subject “Postdoctoral Researcher in Computer Systems, NCI Reference No:  NCI1024” to: recruitment@ncirl.ie by 17:00 GMT on 31st of May 2024. Interviews are expected to be conducted on the week starting on 17th of June 2024. Successful candidate is expected to start on 1st of July 2024 or immediately thereafter.


Note: The functions and responsibilities assigned to the Postdoctoral Researchers 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 institutional objectives.

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

National College of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.

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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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