Supported by Science Foundation Ireland, University of Galway wishes to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher/Research Fellow to grow our research programme in developing statistical models and algorithms to analyse high-dimensional, multivariate data measured using sensor technology. Such data are now routinely measured in diverse sectors including medicine, the automotive industry, sports, manufacturing and the Internet-of-Things. The development of interpretable, computationally efficient statistical models suitable for complex data of this type has become an important enabling technology, with multiple applications in both academic and industry-relevant questions. The central objectivesof the project are to develop new, robust statistical models to describe the behaviour and relationships between multivariate, high-throughput sensor data and their temporal derivatives (i.e. velocity and acceleration), develop innovative prediction models for multivariate sensor data, construct novel clustering algorithms to identify and summarise important structures in the data, and demonstrate increased computational efficiency, so that the methodology is applicable to modern, large-scale datasets.
- Contribute to the research programme under general guidance of a Principal Investigator.
- At Research Fellow level, the successful candidate is expected to:
- define research objectives and carry out original and significant research that supports research activity
- develop a growing reputation in the field of research and develop methods and techniques that add to the intellectual understanding of the field
- decide on research programmes and methodologies in collaboration with colleagues.
- play a leadership role for junior colleagues
- peer review manuscripts for publication and/or research bids
- provide expert advice on research issues to other colleagues.
- Define research objectives and proposals for own (or joint) research in line with research strategy.
- Determine appropriate methodologies for research, with advice and support as appropriate.
- Assess research findings for the need/scope for further investigations / commercial exploitation.
- Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity.
- Plan, co-ordinate and implement research project (this may include managing a small research team/co-ordinating other researcher activity).
- May identify sources of funding and pursue the process of securing funds.
- May work with PI to contribute to proposals for developmental purposes.
- Write up results from own research activity.
- Contribute to the research project’s dissemination, in whatever form (report, papers, chapters, book)
- Present information on research progress and outcomes e.g. to bodies supervising research; conferences, steering groups; other team members, as agreed with the PI / project leader.
- Where appropriate, work with PI to register patents to protect intellectual property.
- May act as co-supervisor or be a member of a supervision panel.
- May participate in limited teaching hours for own development. The extent of this must not adversely impact the primary research role.
- Legal requirements regarding data protection and confidentiality data protection requirements.
- PhD (completed, or in final stages of completion) in Statistics, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Data Science, or related discipline with significant statistical content.
- Demonstrable programming skills in, e.g., R, Matlab, Hadoop, SQL, Python.
- Strong communication skills and well-developed ability to communicate technical concepts to non-experts.
- Evidenced ability to collaborate with other researchers in the University and industry partners, and/or experience of participation in interdisciplinary research projects.
- For research fellow: 6 years research/industry experience post qualification.
- Knowledge of mixed effect models and/or functional data analysis methods.
- Experience of and/or publications in the statistical modelling of high-dimensional data.
- Excellent interpersonal, project management and people management skills.
- For Research fellow: Independent researcher with over 10 years of research experience.
- Postdoctoral Researcher Point 1 €41,209 to Point 10 €53,091 per annum pro rata for shorter and/or part-time contracts (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply)
- Research Fellow Point 1 €59,227 to Point 4 €64,537 per annum 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 February 2023
Continuing Professional Development/Training:
Researchers at University of Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans. University of 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 www.universityofgalway.ie/rdc for further information.
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NB: Gárda vetting is a requirement for this post
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 Dr. Andrew Simpkin firstname.lastname@example.org
Please put reference number University of Galway 337-22 in subject line of e-mail application.
Please include the following information in your application:
- Full title of PhD thesis
- Full list of publications including weblinks to publications
Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm 20th January 2023
We reserve the right to re-advertise or extend the closing date for this post.
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