2020 Research Demonstrator Competition - Funded PhD Opportunities

The Research demonstratorships will be available for up to 4 years full time PhD studies. They will be awarded competitively on academic merit. The start date for these opportunities is 1st September 2020.

The total value of the payment of the Research Demonstratorship programme is valued at €16,000  per annum (tax free) together with up to € 2,000 in travel allowance over the four years. This will include tutorial duties. Successful applicants who do not qualify for any external fee support will in addition be covered for 100% fees. 

The closing date for applications is April 3rd 2020 with the results anticipated by the end of May.  Applications should be made via e-mail to Marian Woods (smspostgrads@ucd.ie).  

An application should include as a single email attachment the following documents (in a single PDF) in order to be considered:

1. State up to three topics of interest. Scroll down to the list below for available topics. Please list them in order of preference.
2. A brief curriculum vitae.
3. A statement of mathematical interest (no more than 500 words).
4. Full copies of academic transcripts (translated to English where applicable).
5. Contact details of two academic references (name, telephone number and email address).

NOTE: After submitting their application, applicants are required to contact the supervisor(s) associated with their listed topic(s) of interest, communicating their interest in the proposed topic(s). However, decisions of acceptance are made by an independent panel.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to an interview that may be given over Skype. 

 Terms and Conditions 2020


Available Topics (Please note topics may be updated until and including Monday March 9th 2020)


Using Learning Analytics to Aid Student Success

Dr.Anthony Cronin


Self-Explanation Training in Linear Algebra

Dr.Anthony Cronin


Examining the STEM pipeline for under-represented groups

Dr.Anthony Cronin


The nonnegative inverse eigenvalue problem

Dr.Anthony Cronin


Matrices with Prescribed Spectral and Structural Constraints

Assoc.Prof. Helena Smigoc


Advances in latent space modelling of dynamic random graphs

Dr.Riccardo Rastelli


MultivariateDaubechies-type wavelets and PDE-Methods in Image Processing and Geometric Modelling

Dr.Hermann Render


Fischer Operators for Analytic Partial Differential Equations

Dr.Hermann Render


Quantum Knot Invariants and Modularity

Assoc.Prof. Robert Osburn


Linear Fractional Maps and Bounded Symmetric Domains

Assoc.Prof.Pauline Mellon


Investigating Problem Solving in the Irish Post-Primary Mathematics Classroom

Dr.Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain


Ergodic Theory and Complex Dynamics

Dr. Neil Dobbs


Quantum channels and non-commutative graphs

Dr Rupert Levene


Clustering and variable selection for high-dimensional complex data

Dr.Michael Fop


A Local-Global Principle for Weak Isotropy

Assoc.Professor Thomas Unger