Scholarships

UCD Graduate Studies Scholarships

Student excellence and achievement are recognised in UCD, through a variety of scholarships and awards. Students are advised to contact the UCD School in which they are interested in studying to ask about current funding possibilities.  

The Nano Nagle Newman Fellowship in Education

As part of its programme to provide post-doctoral research opportunities for scholars of proven academic excellence, University College Dublin invites applications for a prestigious Newman Fellowship in Education.

The Fellowship is designed for a scholar with proven ability in education research, and a demonstrable interest in research on gender and education in the Developing World. The ideal candidate will have a keen desire to work on research that will make an impact on teacher education for women in the Developing World, and an excellent knowledge of relevant research on the professional development and mentoring of women teachers.  They should have research training in both qualitative and quantitative methods and should have a strong understanding of research design and evaluation. 

The candidate should be able to provide evidence of excellent academic writing ability, and the capacity to work independently and in teams, to contribute to high-level research. A strong grasp of current debates around female education in the Developing World is required; the candidate should show a willingness to engage in, and further, such debate. A keen desire to undertake innovative and collaborative research in different parts of the globe is necessary. 

The Nano Nagle Newman Fellowship in Education is tenable for two years. The successful applicant will be based in the School of Education, University College Dublin. Renowned for its dedication to innovative research, the School is ranked No.1 for research by QS World Rankings 2018. 

University College Dublin is ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide, and it is ranked No.1 in Ireland for graduate employability, by QS World Rankings. 

Informal enquiries regarding this Fellowship may be directed to Professor Deirdre Raftery (deirdre.raftery@ucd.ie).

A completed Newman Fellowship Application Form, a copy of your CV and two copies of the Newman Fellowship Referee Form should be returned to:

UCD Graduate Studies

Tierney Building

Belfield, Dublin 4

T: 01 716 4047

E: graduatestudies@ucd.ie 

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday, 16th November 2018.

To find out more about the Newman Fellowship Programme, please visit: http://www.ucdfoundation.ie/newman-fellowship/

 

MEngSc (Research) - Attitude Determination and Control Systems (ADCS) Design for EIRSAT-1 Ireland's first Satellite

This research masters will focus on the development of Attitude Determination and Control Systems(ADCS)for EIRSAT-1, Ireland's first Satellite. The mission will test and compare two separate ADCS algorithms while in orbit. One off the shelf ADCS and a second novel control scheme developed in UCD. The CubeSat will utilise a 3-axis magnetorquer set up for actuation and a gyro/magnetometer/sun sensor arrangement for attitude determination.  These need to be tested and verified before launch, through simulation and hardware in the loop testing.

The role will have the following responsibilities:

  • Continued development of a space environment simulation for 2U CubeSat in low earth orbit
  • Controller implementation for satellite detumbling and pointing
  • Testing and verification of the ADCS through hardware in the loop testing
  • Create and maintain test plan and test specification documentation
  • Develop new ADCS hardware for future missions

Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in Engineering or Science
  • High standard of spoken and written English
  • Ability to work to deadlines and work as part of an interdisciplinary team

The successful applicant will join the Dynamics and Control Systems Group based in UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. The group has 8 years of experience working of projects with the European Space Agency controlling the flexibility in space structures ranging from launchers, to X-ray telescopes and robotics arms. EIRSAT-1 is a 2U CubeSat being built, tested and operated by University College Dublin as part of the European Space Agency’s Fly Your Satellite! programme.

For informal enquiries contact: Professor David J. Browne at david.mckeown@ucd.ie.

Interested applicants should send a CV, together with a cover letter to Professor David J. Browne at david.mckeown@ucd.ie.

Closing date for applications is November 2nd, 2018.

 

MEngSc (Research) - Design, Testing and Verification of a CubeSat antenna deployment module

This research masters will focus on the testing and verification of the Antenna Deployment Module (ADM) for EIRSAT-1, Ireland's first Satellite. The ADM stores two dipole antennae during launch and deploys the antennae upon reaching a safe from the international space station. Successful deployment allows communication to be established between the ground station and the satellite and is therefore a mission critical element of the design.

The ADM has been full designed and manufactured in UCD and requires through testing and verification, and possible redesign of the deployment mechanism, before flight.

The role will have the following responsibilities:

  • Oversee manufacturing the of Antenna Deployment Module
  • Assembly and integration of the ADM in a cleanroom environment
  • Design and build a test procedure and specification plan for the ADM
  • Low temperature testing of the ADM
  • Oversee the vibration test campaign
  • Create and maintain test plan and test specification documentation

Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in Engineering or Science
  • High standard of spoken and written English
  • Ability to work to deadlines and work as part of an interdisciplinary team

The successful applicant will join the Dynamics and Control Systems Group based in UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. The group has 8 years of experience working of projects with the European Space Agency controlling the flexibility in space structures ranging from launchers, to X-ray telescopes and robotics arms. EIRSAT-1 is a 2U CubeSat being built, tested and operated by University College Dublin as part of the European Space Agency’s Fly Your Satellite! Programme.

For informal enquiries contact: Professor David J. Browne at david.mckeown@ucd.ie.

Interested applicants should send a CV, together with a cover letter to Professor David J. Browne at david.mckeown@ucd.ie.

Closing date for applications is November 2nd, 2018.

 

2 x PhD Opportunities - Solidification of Metallic Alloys

4-year scholarships to cover PhD fees, stipend, and travel expenses. 2018 start. 

Two new PhD opportunities are immediately available for suitably qualified candidates. One is sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA), the other by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) as part of the I-Form Research Centre based at UCD.

1.     ESA project on alloy solidification in space

UCD has been involved over a number of years in ESA-funded research on the effects of gravity on alloy solidification – which is important in manufacturing processes such as casting, welding and additive manufacturing. In particular, funding is now available for a PhD student to work on a project (called XRMON) on X-Ray MONitoring of solidification processes in space. This will include design, execution and analysis of experiments on short-duration microgravity facilities like parabolic fights and sounding rockets, with plans currently being made for long-duration experiments on the International Space Station. It is envisaged that the student will have the opportunity to experience zero gravity directly and personally by participating in an ESA parabolic flight campaign.  

2.     I-Form project on Additive Manufacturing with Metals

The new I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, funded by Science Foundation Ireland and based at UCD, will draw together research expertise from academia and industry to deliver innovation in Additive Manufacturing (AM) techniques and processes. I-Form research combines novel metrology, materials science, computational modelling, data analytics and control theory to achieve significantly enhanced AM processing efficiency for metals and polymers.

For AM of metallic alloys, we will develop and validate new models for the simulation of powder flow, metal melting, melt flow, metal solidification, and microstructure evolution, as well as constitutive models of resulting mechanical properties. The overall goal is to deliver a process-structure-property through-process model for the first time. As part of this new research programme, Prof. David Browne is recruiting a PhD student to work on the computational modelling of the melting and solidification phenomena which occur layer-by-layer in 3D printing involving scanning a bed of metal alloy powder particles with laser or electron beams .

Expertise and Education required

Upper Honours Bachelors or Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, or Metallurgy. The candidate should have excellent communication skills – written and oral – in English, good mathematical, experimental and computer skills, and be capable of team-work.

Interested graduates, or current final year students, should send their CV, indicating preferred PhD project, along with a cover letter, to:

Professor David J. Browne

School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering

University College Dublin

Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland,

Tel. +353 1 716 1901                                    

preferably via email: david.browne@ucd.ie

 

PhD Positions in Active Distribution Systems Management, Distributed Energy Resources and associated Power Electronics.
Driven by concerns of climate change, the electricity industry is in the midst of a revolution with increasing connections of variable renewable generation. Much of this is being connected as distributed generation (DG) to the medium voltage (MV) or low voltage (LV) distribution network. At the same time, electricity consumers are encouraged to become producers (prosumers) and new energy resources such as electrical storage and active demand side management, are increasingly being proposed as solutions to offset variability. This also comes at a time when the electrification of transport and heating is poised to add significant new loads to the systems. All of these changes point to a radically new technical composition for the distribution grid with a proliferation of potentially new controllable, distributed energy resources (DER).
This aim of this research is to explore new approaches to the operation of the distribution network with a particular focus on exploiting the controllability of power electronics devices (e.g. DER smart Inverters, Smart Transformers) to aid in active management.
We are currently seeking excellent candidates to fill four PhD Positions in the following areas:

• 2 PhD positions in topics related to control of power electronics including smart inverters, power electronics transformers for network control, real time simulation with hardware in the loop. These positions are under the primary supervision of Assoc. Prof. Terence O’Donnell (terence.odonnell@ucd.ie )

• 2 PhD positions in topics related to active distribution system management, control of distributed energy resources, and system level integration and management of power electronics devices. These positions are under the primary supervision of Assoc. Prof. Andrew Keane (andrew.keane@ucd.ie )

Successful candidates will be part of a larger team of researchers based in the UCD Energy Institute and UCD School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The UCD Energy Institute is a multi-disciplinary energy institute with a focus on energy research and its translation to policies and impacts that address the challenge of decarbonisation.
The PhD positions will be for a duration of 4 years, with a stipend: of €18,500 per year.
Applicants should send their CV, including academic grades and a cover letter, outlining their motivation for pursuing a PhD, their particular interest in this research and any ideas they may have for specific research projects within this area.
CVs and cover letters should be sent to:
Assoc. Prof. Andrew Keane (andrew.keane@ucd.ie )
Assoc. Prof. Terence O’Donnell (terence.odonnell@ucd.ie )

 

Control and Optimization for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

One Ph.D. position is available at the Systems and Control Group within the School of Electric and Electronic Engineering of the University College Dublin. The Ph.D. student will work under the supervision of Dr. Giovanni Russo (email: giovanni.russo1@ucd.ie) and will be jointly supervised by Prof. Robert Shorten (robert.shorten@ucd.ie).

For this position, we are seeking candidates for our mobility work with the Science Foundation Ireland Research Center Lero (https://www.sfi.ie/sfi-research-centres/lero/). The project seeks to develop closed loop strategies, leveraging Distributed Ledger Technology, for the control of autonomous and connected vehicles. The work will be aimed at developing novel tools from nonlinear dynamics, distributed optimization and AI to design collaborative services within vehicles. The research will have both a theoretical and applied, hands-on, aspect.

The ideal candidate should have a background in:
1. nonlinear dynamics and complex systems;
2. intelligent transportation;
3. optimization;
4. statistics.

To apply:
Send a cover letter stating your interest in the position and your CV to giovanni.russo1@ucd.ie. Pre-applications and informal inquiries can be made to Dr Giovanni Russo.

 

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

A. Sharing Economy Systems

We are seeking excellent candidates to work in the following areas as part of a sharing economy project. Currently we have 5 Ph.D. positions and one Postdoc position available in the following areas.

1. Dimensioning and control of Sharing Economy System

2. Congestion management and behavioural analytics for Sharing Economy Systems

3. Human-in-the-loop data-science

4. Blockchain and DAGS for high frequency sharing economy micropayments

5. Design of Cyber-Physical Systems

The positions will involve the development of theory at the interface of control theory, statistics, economics, and computer science, as well as the realisation of a number of practical (mobility based) demonstrators. Some of the research will be conducted in collaboration with IBM Research, with potential for significant interaction with other industrial companies.

B. Advanced Manufacturing

We have one Ph.D.  position in the area of cyber-physical systems for 3D manufacturing applications. The focus of the positions will be in the area of cooperative control involving humans and machines, as well as cognitive computing with a focus of operator-machine optimisation. This is part of the new I-FORM centre. 

C. Automotive 

We are also seeking candidates for our mobility work in the context of the Enable-S3 project and for our work with Lero. The project seeks to develop tools to test and evaluate autonomous vehicles, and to develop distributed control/optimization algorithms for connected car projects. As part of both of these projects we will also explore closed loop design of recommender systems.

To apply

Applications should be submitted to robert.shorten@ucd.ie, to be received by June 15th. Applicants should submit a CV and the names of 3 referees. All Ph.D. candidates will be expected to fulfil the English language requirements for admission to the Ph.D. programme at University College Dublin.

For further information, please contact robert.shorten@ucd.ie or refer to https://robertshorten.com/vacancies/. All positions are funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

 

PhD in Expert system modelling of cattle disease management in modern livestock populations, in the context of an Irish IBR eradication programme

The UCD Centre for Veterinary Epidemiology and Risk Analysis, in collaboration with Animal Health Ireland and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, Germany, seeks a PhD candidate for a position within their extant collaboration.

The PhD studentship will be registered with the University of Leipzig and based at the UFZ in Leipzig in Germany, and the candidate will join a vibrant team of about 50 modellers in life science, including the EcoEpi lab which specialises in modelling for animal health. The candidate will develop the Irish IBR model from basic farm level towards a regional complex system model with fine-scale network interactions and social decision components.

Applicants are required to hold an excellent Master’s Degree or equivalent university degree in life science, geography, physics, social sciences, computer science or related fields, among other skills outlined in the IBR PhD Ad.

Stipend:  €18,000 in year 1, rising by €500 per annum to €20,000 in year 4.

Registration fees in the University of Leipzig and project-related travel expenses are included in addition to this stipend.

Applications must include the following:

(i)       A covering letter detailing their interest and reasons for applying for this position

(ii)      A CV (including contact details of 2 referees)

(iii)     A summary of any relevant research experience

(iv)     A reference ‘PhD Studentship IBR’ on the subject line.

To apply, and for further information, please contact: nmorgan@animalhealthireland.ie

  

Universities Ireland North/South Postgraduate Scholarships

The aim of this scheme is to encourage outstanding students from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to cross the border to undertake postgraduate study and experience life in the other Irish jurisdiction.  Each year, Universities Ireland offers four scholarships, each worth €15,000, to students who have been accepted to undertake a recognised Master’s Degree or are entering the first year of a PhD programme at a university in the island of Ireland that is not in the same jurisdiction as the university where they have previously studied.

Application forms are available on the Universities Ireland website. Contact Details: crossborder@qub.ac.uk

More Information can be found here. Strict eligibility rules apply – please read the Guidance for Applicants carefully.

 

Intel Masters Student Scholarships

This sponsorship programme sees up to 16 UCD students selected each year each to receive a monetary grant as well as ongoing support and mentor provision by Intel. The eligible students are those beginning full time Masters programmes in Science and Engineering related disciplines. The programme provides each participant with €3000 to support their academic studies and also ensures that students have the opportunity to experience practical learning which is aligned to the needs of industry. The provision of employee mentors by Intel provides students with a direct relationship to the world of work.

More Information can be found here.