We are pleased to announce three multi-annual Postdoctoral positions in the Computer Science Department at the University of Limerick (UL) in Ireland. The successful candidates will become part of the Biocomputing and Developmental Systems (BDS) group in UL; the BDS group is made up of 20 funded doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and is the birthplace of the popular Grammatical Evolution (GE) automatic programming system. 


The candidates will work on a project with twelve funded researchers (four postdocs and eight PhD students), three faculty members (in Computer Science and Electronic Engineering) and industrial collaborators including Intel, S3Group and Emdahlo, building the next generation of Automated Design Tools.
These are senior positions within the team and these postdocs will have much time to pursue other academic interests as well as the opportunity to co-supervise doctoral students and MSc students from Ireland’s largest MSc in Artificial Intelligence.


Applications are encouraged from candidates with a PhD in one of Computer Science, Machine Learning, Electronic Engineering, Evolutionary Computation and Digital Circuit Design, and interested candidates are encouraged to mail Prof. Conor Ryan (Conor.Ryan@ul.ie) for informal discussions. There are two separate competitions due to funding agency considerations; candidates are encouraged to apply for both competitions if they match the criteria for each. All three successful candidates will be based at the University of Limerick.


Descriptions of the two positions are included below and applications are handled centrally by the University’s HR department:


http://www.ul.ie/hrvacancies



COMPETITION 1
TITLE OF POST: Post Doctoral Researcher in Machine Learning Applied Electronics LOCATION: University of Limerick REPORTS TO: Project Leader CONTRACT TYPE: Specific Purpose SALARY SCALE: €37,223 – €48,205 p.a. pro rata (maximum starting salary €37,223 p.a. pro rata) WEBLINK TO SCHOOL/DEPARTMENT:http://ulsites.ul.ie/csis/WEBLINK TO RESEARCH CENTRE:www.lero.ieWEBLINK TO PI’s RIS/RESEARCHGATE PROFILE:http://www.ul.ie/research/node/561 JOB DESCRIPTION QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • A doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) in electrical or electronic engineering, computer science, machine learning, data analytics, program synthesis or software engineering (completed or near completion, please give date of Viva)

 OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB: The successful candidate will be a senior team member within the Biocomputing and Developmental Systems (BDS) group within Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Institute at the University of Limerick. This project, Automatic Design of Digital Circuits (ADDC), is concerned with using Machine Learning (ML), specifically automatic programming techniques such as Grammatical Evolution (GE) and Program Synthesis approaches such as SMT to automatically design and create digital circuits. The project is supported by the Science Foundation of Ireland’s Investigator Programme fund and industry collaborators include Intel, S3Group and Emdalo. This is the second intake of staff for the project, and the team will grow to fifteen people (four postdoctoral researchers, eight PhD students and three faculty members) within six months. The successful candidates will play key roles in developing the existing GE software so that it can be applied to this problem, as well as designing grammars to tackle the problems. There will be much scope for basic research in machine learning, evolutionary computation and automatic programming during the lifetime of the project. The successful applicants will be key members of a cross-disciplinary research team, with specific responsibilities for being a senior member of a research team. This work will involve design of experiments for the project, construction of software for the experiments, writing scientific papers, involvement with grant applications, interacting with both academic and industrial partners, meeting with postgraduates, and meeting with undergraduates. It is expected that this work will achieve the following: 

  • The further development of the existing GE cod
  • Publication of scientific papers
  • Possibility of co-supervision of PhD candidates
  • Some interaction with undergraduates (limited teaching hours)

 The successful candidates will contribute to the research by: 

  • Expanding the existing GE code
  • Building a fully automated test system for automatically generating circuits
  • Developing an evolutionary computation based tool to automate the process of test benches
  • Collaborating with the Principal Investigator in team teaching activities
  • Interacting on a senior level with our collaborators and spending time with our industrial partners

 Potential candidates are encouraged to contact Conor Ryan (Conor.Ryan@ul.ie) informally to discuss the positions. Please refer to “Postdoc ADDC” in the subject of your e-mail. DESCRIPTION:Essential Criteria 

  • A doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) in electrical or electronic engineering, computer science, machine learning, data analytics, program synthesis or software engineering (completed or near completion, please give date of Viva)
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience with some hardware description language such as Verilog, VHDL, SystemVerilog etc.
  • Publication track record (Please give details of 3 publications)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Desirable Criteria 

  • Experience working on individual and/or collaborative research projects in a variety of settings (laboratory, creative performance, field, clinical setting)
  • Experience with machine learning or data mining
  • Experience of working with industry

Please include the following information in your application:

  • Full title of PhD thesis
  • Full list of publications including weblinks to publications

 COMPETITION 2
TITLE OF POST: Post Doctoral Researcher in Machine Learning (2 positions) LOCATION: University of Limerick REPORTS TO: Project Leader CONTRACT TYPE: Specific Purpose SALARY SCALE: €37,223 – €48,205 p.a. pro rata (maximum starting salary €37,223 p.a. pro rata)  JOB DESCRIPTIONQUALIFICATIONS: 

  • A doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) in computer science, machine learning, data analytics, software engineering, or a closely related discipline. (Completed or near completion, please give date of Viva).

 OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB: The successful candidates will be senior team members within the Biocomputing and Developmental Systems (BDS) Group within Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Institute at the University of Limerick. This project, Automatic Design of Digital Circuits (ADDC), is concerned with using Machine Learning (ML), specifically automatic programming techniques such as Grammatical Evolution (GE) and Program Synthesis approaches such as SMT to automatically design and create digital circuits. The Science Foundation of Ireland’s Investigator Programme Fund supports the project and industry collaborators include Intel, S3Group and Emdalo. This is the second intake of staff for the project, and the team will grow to fifteen people (four post doctoral researchers, eight PhD students and three faculty members) within six months. The successful candidates will play key roles in developing the existing GE software so that it can be applied to this problem, as well as designing grammars to tackle the problems. There will be much scope for basic research in machine learning, evolutionary computation and automatic programming during the lifetime of the project. The successful applicants will be key members of a cross-disciplinary research team, with specific responsibilities for being a senior member of a research team. This work will involve design of experiments for the project, construction of software for the experiments, writing scientific papers, involvement with grant applications, interacting with both academic and industrial partners, meeting with postgraduates, meeting with undergraduates. It is expected that this work will achieve the following:

  • The further development of the existing GE code.
  • Publication of scientific papers.
  • Possibility of co-supervision of PhD candidates.
  • Some interaction with undergraduates (limited teaching hours).

 The successful candidates will contribute to the research by

  • Expanding the existing GE code.
  • Building a fully automated test system for automatically generating circuits.
  • Developing an evolutionary computation based tool to automate the process of test benches.
  • Using machine learning and automatic programming tools to build data fusers.
  • Collaborating with the Principal Investigator in team teaching activities.
  • Interacting on a senior level with our collaborators and spending time with our industrial partners.

 Potential candidates are encouraged to contact Conor Ryan (Conor.Ryan@ul.ie) informally to discuss the positions. Please refer to “Postdoc ADDC” in the subject of your e-mail.  DESCRIPTION:Essential Criteria

  • A doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) in computer science, machine learning, data analytics, software engineering, or a closely related discipline. (Completed or near completion, please give date of Viva).
  • Strong programming skills.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience with one or more of the following topics:
  • Machine learning
  • Automatic programming
  • Data analytics
  • Electronics
  • Publication track record (3 publications minimum, please give details).
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Desirable Criteria 

  • Experience working on individual and/or collaborative research projects in a variety of settings (laboratory, creative performance, field, clinical setting).
  • Experience of working with industry.

Please include the following information in your application:

  • Full title of PhD thesis
  • Full list of publications including weblinks to publications

 Further Information for Candidates: Recruitment Procedures used atthe University of Limerick (UL) The University of Limerick is committed to the Open, Transparent and Merit-Based Recruitment (OTM-R) of Researchers as detailed in our Recruitment/Appointment Procedures for Research Staff The University of Limerick generally uses a three stage recruitment procedure: screening, shortlisting and interview.  Screening: Initially applications for an advertised position are screened to determine if applicants have met the ‘Essential Criteria’ as outlined in the advertised job description.  Only candidates who meet the ‘Essential Criteria’ will progress beyond this stage.  Shortlisting: Depending on the number of applications remaining, it may not be possible to interview every candidate who has passed the screening process.  Therefore, at this stage the Selection Board for this position may review the applications which have passed screening and will select a final shortlist of candidates who in their view were most closely aligned to the post as advertised.  Interview: Once a shortlist has been finalised, all applicants will be notified of the status of their application.  The final shortlist of candidates will then be invited to interview.  We aim to provide at least one week’s notice to all candidates.  The interview process may take the format of a standard interview and may also include a presentation – if so, you will be provided with details of this in your invitation to interview letter.  Candidates may interview in person or also via our Video Conferencing facilities. GeneralRecruitmentTimelines Please note that applications for all vacancies must be submitted online at www.ul.ie/hrvacancies in advance of 12 noon Irish Standard Time on the advertised closing date.  We aim to complete the screening process within one week of the closing date, and the shortlisting process within a further week.  Therefore we aim to be in touch with all candidates within one month of the closing date.    Please note these timelines may vary based on various factors including the number of applications received. Benefits at the University of LimerickEmployees of the University of Limerick receive a variety of benefits including:

Equal opportunities at the University of LimerickThe University of Limerick is an equal opportunities employer, is committed to selection on merit and to the developing and maintaining a positive working environment, in which all employees are treated with dignity & respect. In pursuit of this, it is the policy of the University to provide all employees with an environment, which is free from bullying, harassment or victimisation of any form.  You can read more about this in the University’s Equality and Diversity Policy  The UL strategic plan Broadening Horizons 2015-2019 clearly states that UL seeks to exemplify gender equality best practice in all aspects of its activities, reinforcing UL’s position as the leading university in Ireland in terms of female representation in senior academic roles, 31% of women in UL are at full professorial level, compared to the national average of 19%. UL is the proud holder of the prestigious Bronze Institution Athena SWAN Award, the first university in Ireland with Trinity College, Dublin to achieve the award.  The AS charter recognises higher education institutions, academic departments, and research institutes that put in place initiatives to address gender inequality, including initiatives aimed at changing culture and attitudes.  The UL strategy explicitly commits the institution to the Athena SWAN process. Further details available on www.ul.ie/hr/athena-swan-ul.  Development opportunities at the University of LimerickA key objective of the University’s Strategic Plan 2015-2019 is to support staff development. In the context of this objective the University is committed to progressive development programmes and opportunities to enable all employees to fully develop their potential.  Further information is available here. The University of Limerick is also has a ‘Performance and Development Review System’ which employees may avail of.  Additional Links:Link to Human Resources:                                             www.ul.ie/hr/  Link to the University of Limerick’s                                  Research Staff Role Profiles Link to the University of Limerick’s Strategic Plan;           ‘Broadening Horizons’

    

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