Postdoctoral Researcher in Cloud Based Architectures for Advance Mobility

Leinster, Ireland
13 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
26 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time





The Irish Software Research Centre Lero (http://www.lero.ie) brings together leading software research teams from Universities and Institutes of Technology in a coordinated centre of research excellence with a strong industry focus. Lero has raised the level and profile of Irish software research with such effect that it is now one of the best known and highly regarded software research centres in the world. Lero specifically focuses on the key challenges of Evolving Critical Systems.

The Project

A vacancy exists for the positions of postdoctoral researchers who will be involved in undertaking research relating to the development of a Cloud Based architecture and testing its feasibility in form of a data market design for a selected use case on “advanced mobility”. The use case is provided by our company partner Tributech and focuses on the optimization of battery charging and exchange processes for public transport. The researchers will be based in the School of Computing at DCU and will work under the supervision of Dr. Markus Helfert. The researchers will join a team of Lero PhD students and Postdoctoral researchers as well as researchers and developers in partner companies.

The ideal candidates will have research experience in the area of Cloud-Based Architectures, Smart City Concepts with a particular focus on mobility concepts or a related field. Experience in collaborative research together with companies would also be an advantage.

The objective of this research project is to investigate and develop a feasible cloud based architecture for public transportation. The project provides the opportunity to test the approach of an open-sourcing data platform. Previously acquired knowledge of Business Process Modelling and IT/Enterprise Architecture would be beneficial.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to his/her project coordinator, the Postdoctoral Researcher main duties will include:

To contribute to literature reviews and the development of the research design To collect and collate the research data

To analyse and support the interpretation of the research data To maintain accurate project records and project confidentiality

To contribute to academic articles, conference papers and other publications

To engage and support other researchers working on projects affiliated to the Centre’s research programme

Research Career Framework

As part of this role the researcher will be required to participate in the DCU Research Career Framework http://dcu.ie/hr/ResearchersFramework/index.shtml . This framework is designed to provide significant professional development opportunities to researchers and offer the best opportunities in terms of a wider career path.


Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant discipline, evidence of strong empirical research skills and a knowledge of some of the relevant academic literature on software architecture and analysis. In addition, it is desirable that the candidate has experience in the respective application domains smart cities and cloud computing.

Candidates should have skills in the design, management and conduct of research, a high level of interpersonal skills, team working skills, report writing, time management skills and ability to work to deadlines. Desirable attributes include experience in industry-led research, presentation skills and academic article writing skills.

Salary Scales:

*Postdoctoral Researcher:      €36,854- €47,728*

* Appointments will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and will be made on the appropriate point of the salary scales, in line with current Government pay policy

Closing Date: 26th September 2018.

Candidates will be assessed on the following competencies:

Discipline knowledge and Research skills – Demonstrates knowledge of a research discipline and the ability to conduct a specific programme of research within that discipline.

Understanding the Research Environment – Demonstrates an awareness of the research environment (for example funding bodies) and the ability to contribute to grant applications.

Communicating Research Demonstrates the ability to communicate their research with their peers and the wider research community (for example presenting at conferences and publishing research in relevant journals) and the potential to teach and tutor students.

Managing & Leadership skills - Demonstrates the potential to manage a research project including the supervision of undergraduate/postgraduate students.

Informal Enquiries to:

Dr. Markus Helfert, DCU School of Computing - Email: markus.helfert@dcu.ie, Tel: +353 (0)1 700 5620

Please do not send applications to this email address, instead apply as described below.

Application Procedure:

Application forms are available from the DCU Current Vacancies (Open Competitions) website at http://www4.dcu.ie/hr/vacancies/current.shtml and also from the Human Resources Department, Dublin City University, Dublin 9. Tel: +353 (0)1 700 5149.

Please clearly state the role that you are applying for in your application and email subject line: Job Ref: #951 Postdoctoral Researcher, Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre.

Applications should be submitted by email to hr.applications@dcu.ie or by Fax: +353 (0) 1 7005500 or by post to the Human Resources Department, Dublin City University, Dublin 9.

Dublin City University is an equal opportunities employer