Ad Astra Fellowship Scheme – Information for Applicants to Computer Science


The School of Computer Science is looking for expressions of interest from exceptional candidates to join our School faculty as Ad Astra Fellows. These positions 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 120 PhD students and over 1,000 students on undergraduate and taught graduate programmes. The School is keen to recruit academic staff to teach on these programmes and to augment our existing research expertise.

The relevant research areas are:

  • Machine Learning & Data Analytics
  • Information Security
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Networks
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bioinformatics
  • Digital Humanities

For full details of the Ad Astra scheme and application process, please see.

Interested applicants should contact the Head of School, Pádraig Cunningham 


Research at UCD School of Computer Science

Research at UCD Computer Science encompasses all areas where the use of computers might 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 National University of Ireland at GalwayUniversity College Cork, and Dublin City University. Insight was established in 2013 by Science Foundation Ireland with funding of €75m.  [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.

Many of our education programmes can be taken entirely online, with the student only attending for exams each year. Taking the part-time option allows participants to fit their study around family and work commitments. To date participants from 42 countries have benefited from this uniquely flexible approach to cybercrime education. [more]


CeADAR - Centre for Applied Data Analytics

The primary outputs of the CeADAR centre are 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  members. [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 a SFI Centre for Research Training in Machine Learning. It will address 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 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. [more]


Other Centres with CS membership

LERO The Irish Software Research Centre




I-Form, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

Systems Biology Ireland



Energy Systems Integration Partnership Programme (ESIPP)

D-REAL - The SFI Centre for Research Training in Digitally-Enhanced Reality

For a full list of our academic staff and their research interests, please see here.

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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 the School is currently undergoing assessment for its own award. All of 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.