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Ad Astra Fellows - Applications to Computer Science

Ad Astra Fellowship Scheme - Information for Applicants to Computer Science

The School of Computer Science is seeking applications from exceptional candidates to join our School's faculty as Ad Astra Fellows. These Fellows will initially be appointed for five years, with a performance-based permanency review in year 4.

Computer Science in UCD is undergoing a period of growth and development because of the burgeoning ICT sector and the demand for graduates with computing skills. UCD CS has over 50 academic staff, 120 PhD students and 1,000 students on our undergraduate and taught graduate programmes. The School is keen to recruit academic staff to complement and enhance our existing research expertise and to teach on these programmes.

Our academic staff are active in the following research areas:

  • Computer Security
  • Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Digital Health
  • Foundations of Computing
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Information Systems
  • Intelligent Sensing
  • Software Engineering and Distributed Systems
  • and Emerging Topics such as Sustainabilility or Machine Ethics

For a list of our academic staff, please see (opens in a new window)here 

For details of the Ad Astra scheme and application process, please see http://www.ucd.ie/adastrafellows/

Interested applicants should contact the Head of School, (opens in a new window)Chris Bleakley 

Research at UCD School of Computer Science

Research at UCD Computer Science encompasses areas where the use of computers can efficiently and accurately automate tasks. Many of our researchers are interdisciplinary, and our School leads five major research centres:

Insight - Centre for Data Analytics

We live in a data rich world, where almost everything we do results in a data record being created and stored somewhere. Our vision is to create a healthier, safer, more productive world by empowering a data-driven society to enable better decisions by individuals, communities, business and governments.

The Insight Centre for Data Analytics was created to realise this vision. Insight is a joint initiative between University College Dublin, the (opens in a new window)National University of Ireland at Galway(opens in a new window)University College Cork, and (opens in a new window)Dublin City University. Insight was established in 2013 by Science Foundation Ireland with funding of €75m.  [(opens in a new window)More]

UCD CCI - Centre for Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Investigation

UCD Centre for Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Investigation (CCI) is a unique, world-class education and research centre with strong and well-established collaborative relationships with law enforcement and industry. 

We work in the areas of educationtrainingresearch and tool development.

To date participants from 42 countries have benefited from our uniquely flexible approach to cybercrime education. [more]

CeADAR - Centre for Applied Data Analytics

The primary outputs of the CeADAR centre are (opens in a new window)industry prototypes and demonstrators along with state-of-the-art reviews of data analytics technology, tools, best practice methodologies and processes.

The Centre has an extensive catalogue of technology demonstrators, IP and big data analytics technology reviews, which are all immediately available for evaluation by CeADAR members. [(opens in a new window)more]


CONSUS is a collaborative research partnership between UCD and Origin Enterprises PLC that is supported by SFI, which investigates digital, precision agriculture and crop science. Building on UCD's strengths as a centre for agricultural science and data analytics, UCD has partnered with Origin Enterprises plc to develop digital tools for farmers and agronomists.  [more]

ML Labs

ML Labs is an SFI Centre for Research Training in Machine Learning. It addresses the urgent industry demand for Machine Learning talent through the delivery of over 100 PhDs in the next 7 years. The centre is a joint initiative between UCD, DCU and TUD and brings together leaders in their field to supervise and train PhD students. Students will benefit from world-class, inter-institutional programmes, led by active researchers as part of a mature interdisciplinary environment that emphasises cutting-edge research with an industry-relevant and entrepreneurial focus. [(opens in a new window)more]

Other Centres with CS membership:

(opens in a new window)LERO The Irish Software Research Centre

(opens in a new window)ADAPT

(opens in a new window)VistaMilk

(opens in a new window)FutureNeuro

(opens in a new window)I-Form, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

Systems Biology Ireland

(opens in a new window)Swim

(opens in a new window)Acclimatize

(opens in a new window)Energy Systems Integration Partnership Programme (ESIPP)

(opens in a new window)D-REAL - The SFI Centre for Research Training in Digitally-Enhanced Reality

Taught Programmes:

(opens in a new window)http://www.csi.ucd.ie/Undergraduate/

(opens in a new window)http://www.csi.ucd.ie/Postgraduate/

Diversity Statement

UCD Computer Science is committed to creating an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated, and everyone is afforded equality of opportunity. UCD was awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award in 2017, and all our staff are expected to contribute to fostering an inclusive environment and a level of awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion. Applications are encouraged from everyone, including those who identify with any of the protected characteristics that are set out in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.


UCD School of Computer Science

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland, D04 V1W8.
T: +353 1 716 2483 | E: computerscience@ucd.ie | Location Map(opens in a new window)