Postdoctoral Researcher, Gaitkeeper Project

Dublin, Ireland
03 Aug 2020
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05 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Centre: Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics
Level on the Framework: Level 1
Post Duration: FTC Up to 2 months

As part of this role the researcher will be required to participate in the DCU Research Career Framework. This framework is designed to provide significant professional development opportunities to Researchers and offer the best opportunities in terms of a wider career path. The role may include teaching duties to assist with module delivery.


Dublin City University (www.dcu.ie) is a research intensive, globally engaged, dynamic institution which has developed its own research specialists, established internationally recognized centres of excellence that have substantive collaborative links with leading universities and industrial partners. DCU is distinguished both by the quality and impact of its graduates and by its focus on the translation of knowledge into societal and economic benefit. Through its mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation DCU acts as an agent of social, cultural and economic progress. DCU is Ireland’s fastest growing university and now hosts more than 17,000 students across its three academic campuses: DCU Glasnevin Campus, DCU St Patrick’s Campus and CU All hallows campus. DCU has a strong track record in attracting both Irish and European Union research funding under Horizon 2020 (and all previous Framework Programmes), Marie Curie Actions and Erasmus. We offer a dynamic and internationally-focused environment in which to advance your academic career.

The Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics (http://www.Insight-centre.org) is an SFI funded Research Centre which brings together researchers from University College Dublin, NUI Galway, University College Cork, and Dublin City University, as well as other partner institutions, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University of Limerick (UL), Maynooth University (MU) and Tyndall National Institute. It creates a critical mass of more than 400 researchers from Ireland's leading ICT clusters to carry out research on a new generation of data analytics technologies in a number of key application domain areas, such as Health and Human Performance, Smart Communities, Internet of Things, Enterprise and Services and Sustainability and Operations.

The €150m Centre is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and a wide range of industry and European Union partners. Insight's research focus encompasses a broad range of data analytics technologies from machine learning, decision analytics and social network analysis to linked data, recommender systems and the sensor web. Together, with more than 220 partner companies, Insight researchers are solving critical challenges in the areas of Connected Health and the Discovery Economy.

The Project

The GaitKeeper project is building the world’s first system to deliver gait analysis as a service. Using novel AI and AR technologies, GaitKeeper allows clinicians to use a mobile application to record gait tests, upload the recordings to the GaitKeeper cloud and within minutes receive quantitative gait profile data. The GaitKeeper team are accountable for building the end to end system, performing comparative testing with other Gait analysis approaches and assisting end users.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to his/her Principal Investigator the duties and responsibilities of the Postdoctoral Researcher will include:

Specific duties include:

  • Conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of the Principal Investigator focused on deep learning for processing video, machine learning and data analytics.
  • Provide assistance and advice to PhD students working on similar topics.
  • Assist the Principal Investigators (PIs) in identifying and developing future research and funding initiatives.
  • Produce top quality journal and conference publications, in collaboration with the PIs.
  • Participate in Insight Centre activities, including industry showcases, annual reviews and industry and agency visits to the Insight labs.
  • Carry out administrative work associated with the programme of research as necessary
  • Other tasks relevant to successfully implementing the assigned research programme.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience Required

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in Computer Science, Engineering or a related discipline with strong software and programming skills and relevant experience in computer vision, deep learning, or collaborative filtering.

In addition, the ideal candidate should possess;

  • Python, OpenCV, Matplotlib, numpy and sciplot development experience
  • Excellent knowledge of full-stack web/mobile development using Node.js/webRTC with Java, Objective C and/or Python.
  • MongoDB database management and integration experience.
  • Deep Learning API development experience.
  • Docker experience would be welcomed.
  • Proven ability to prioritize workload and work to strict deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a team and to take responsibility to contribute to the overall success of the team.
  • Strong problem solving skills

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 students

Mandatory Training

The post holder will be required to undertake the following mandatory compliance training: Orientation, Health and Safety, Research Integrity and Intellectual Property and Data Protection training. Other training may need to be undertaken when required.