UCD Ad Astra Fellows

The Ad Astra Fellowship scheme is an initiative to bring some of the best early career academics from around the world to UCD. It is part of an ambitious plan to increase faculty numbers by 500 over five years. Seventy early career academics have already joined our thriving academic community via this route and we are now recruiting a further 30 over a range of disciplines including computer science. 

If you share our values of excellence, creativity, integrity, collegiality, engagement and diversity, and you want to build your career in an ambitious research-intensive university in one of Europe’s most friendly and exciting cities, then please take this opportunity to find out more and apply.

About Our School

The School of Computer Science in UCD is a leading centre for computer and data science and plays an important role in supporting Ireland’s burgeoning ICT sector. We currently host more than 140 PhD students, ~40% female, from 30 different countries, in addition to more than 1,000 students studying on a variety of taught undergraduate and graduate courses. Our school continues to be instrumental in the creation and development of a number of large-scale, on-going research and education initiatives, from the SFI Insight Centre for Data Analytics to the Centre for Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Investigation to ML-Labs, the SFI Centre for Research and Training in Machine Learning

Our teaching and research activities cover a broad range of topics, including AI, Software Engineering, Distributed Systems, Human-Computer Interaction, Digital Health, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Multimedia Systems, Computer Science Education, and Foundations of Computing. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching, the impact of our research, and our history of interdisciplinary collaboration. For more information on some of the recent developments in the School, please read the News section on our web site and download the School newsletter, CS News

Position Summary

The Ad Astra Fellow’s programme is a key initiative for the further development of our school. It offers a 5-year, full-time contract to early-career researchers (Assistant Professorship, tenure-track). The School of Computer Science will also offer its successful candidates funding for a full-time PhD student (4 years) and a reduced teaching load. 

UCD is committed to creating an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated, and everyone is afforded equality of opportunity. Diversity is highlighted in the university’s strategic plan as one of the core values of UCD, and its EDI commitment is further demonstrated through the strategic objective relating to the attraction, retention, and development of an excellent and diverse cohort of students, faculty and staff. The university adheres to a range of equality, diversity and inclusion policies and we encourage applicants to consult UCD’s equality, diversity and inclusion policies here https://www.ucd.ie/equality/.

In line with our recent Athena Swan Bronze Award application, the school of Computer Science continues its commitment to developing a more inclusive, collaborative, gender balanced and diverse working environment. We welcome applications from everyone, including those who identify with any of the protected characteristics that are set out in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy. 

Application Procedure

To apply to the School of Computer Science click here

Applications will consist of a cover letter, in which the applicant will describe how their academic and research profile aligns with one or more of the UCD strategic themes (1. Creating a Sustainable Global Society, 2. Transforming through Digital Technology, 3. Building a Healthy World, 4. Empowering Humanity), a complete CV including all research publications and research grants to date together with any publications submitted for publication but not yet published, and the names and the contact details of three potential referees. 

Further details on the UCD strategic themes can be found at the following link http://www.ucd.ie/adastrafellows/

Closing Date 14th February 2022