Purpose of Position:

Applications are invited for two positions as Research Assistant in Computer Systems affiliated with the Cloud Competency Centre (CCC) at the National College of Ireland (https://www.ncirl.ie/cloud). The Research Assistant is expected to be registered to pursue a PhD degree alongside their research responsibilities. The salary associated with this position includes the PhD fees at EU Level.

The CCC is a prestigious research centre dedicated to bridging various areas such as high-performance computing, parallel processing, open data, distributed ledger technologies, and data analytics.

This is an attractive opportunity to significantly contribute to the EU-funded project DIGITAL4Security (https://www.digital4security.eu/). The 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 primary objective of these positions is to develop innovative concepts derived from functional and non-functional requirements, which will be obtained from canonical parallel patterns, resource constraints, and performance models. These concepts will then be experimentally validated as part of the PhD research.

Key Relationships:

  • PhD Supervisors
  • Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies 
  • Head of Cloud Competency Centre 
  • European DIGITAL4Security Consortium partners
  • Dean of School of Computing
  • School of Computing staff

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and carry out a comprehensive PhD research aligned with the objectives of the DIGITAL4Security project including code development and deployment, as well as writing project deliverables, conference papers and journal articles.
  • Collaborate and participate in suitable DIGITAL4Security activities in Ireland and, if circumstances require, abroad in subject-related areas.
  • Contribute to the development and enhancement of the research profile of the Cloud Competency Centre.
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties that may be requested by the DIGITAL4Security Principal investigators and the Head of the Cloud Competency Centre.
  • Engage proactively in writing research deliverables and proposals for future funding.

Qualifications and Experience required:

  • MSc in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Cloud Computing or closely related discipline. By exception, applications from candidates with a First Class Honours degree in relevant disciplines may be accepted.
  • Substantial programming experience using programming languages such as Python/Java/C and solid working knowledge and experience of Linux internals, debugging, and software engineering principles. Provide evidence of relevant projects such as GitHub repositories.
  • Possess self-motivation, attention to detail and the ability to thrive in an international team environment.
  • Balance the pressures of research and administrative demands and competing deadlines within the project.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Evidence of publication record in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and selective conferences in computer science is a plus.
  • A 2-page Original Research Proposal is required as part of the application for this position, identifying a significant research question, outlining the research methodology, describing potential outcomes, and demonstrating its relevance and importance. 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


36 months Full-Time Fixed Term Contract (to start on 1 st of September 2024 or immediately thereafter). The position is subject to a probationary period of up to 9 months pending the successful approval of the PhD’s annual progress report.


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Application Process:

To apply, please e-mail your cover letter, CV and 2-page Original Research Proposal explaining the candidate’s proposed PhD topic as a single PDF file ONLY, using the email subject “Research Assistant in Computer Systems with PhD studentship, NCI Reference No: NCI1023” to: recruitment-cdolan@ncirl.ie by 17:00 GMT on 7th of June 2024. Interviews are expected to be conducted on the week starting on 24th of June 2024. Successful candidate is expected to start on 1st of September 2024 or immediately thereafter.


Note: The functions and responsibilities assigned to the Research Assistant 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  NCI.

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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