National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway
Established Professor of Computer Science
National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway
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Application deadline: Oct 20
Location: Galway, Ireland
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Established Professor of Computer Science

Applications are invited for an appointment as Established Professor of Computer Science at NUI Galway. 

The National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway), seeks to appoint an academic leader and scholar to become the Established Chair of Computer Science.


The Chair of Computer Science is a key academic position at the University, given the critical importance of the information technology and computer science domain at the University in teaching and in research. “Informatics, Data Analytics, Physical and Computational Sciences” is one of the five priority thematic areas for the University in the current strategic plan University Vision 2020 NUI Galway Strategic Plan 2015-2020. The new professor will be expected to build on the substantial achievements and strong international reputation of NUI Galway in the information technology and computer science domain, and to exploit the significant opportunities that exist for research and teaching programme development in these areas at NUI Galway. Demonstrated qualities of academic leadership, strategic thinking, change management, and staff mentorship are required for the post. 


The post will be within the Discipline of Information Technology within College and School of Engineering and Informatics at NUI Galway. The College of Engineering and Informatics is NUI Galway’s top performing College for research performance across all relevant research metrics. The College is home to two Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)-funded national Research Centres: INSIGHT (Centre for Data Analytics) and CÚRAM (Centre for Research in Medical Devices), and plays a leadership role in a number of other SFI-funded national Research Centres, including MaREI (Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy), Deantús (Innovation in Manufacturing Techniques and Processes) and Confirm (Integrating Intelligence within Manufacturing Processes, Tools, and Systems). In addition, the College hosts a number of other highly successful research centres and clusters, spanning the five academic Disciplines within the College (Biomedical, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical & Electronic and Information Technology). The College has an exceptional track record of performance in national, European and other international research funding competitions.


The new professor will be expected to lead the development of the Information Technology Discipline in research and teaching, and contribute strongly to further advancing the research and teaching agenda of the College and University. The new professor will also be expected to build on existing strong synergistic links between the Discipline and INSIGHT, and more generally across the University, including with mathematics, humanities, business and social sciences.


The new professor will be required to develop and lead a world-class research programme in computer science and information technology, working with colleagues from related fields across the University and externally. The successful candidate with have a world-class research record, demonstrated by a strong international publication record and experience of securing significant grants from national and international agencies. Building on this, the new professor will be expected to attract research funding in fundamental and/or applied research areas, and to apply for major funding awards such as the SFI Investigators Programme, the European Research Council (ERC) Grant programmes, and EU H2020 programmes more generally. Galway is home to a significant ICT industry cluster and the new professor will also be expected to further develop strong relationships with the local, national and international technology industry to advance the region’s ICT ecosystem.


The successful candidate will be expected to provide dynamic research leadership in the theory and application of computer science generally, and have research expertise in areas including, but not limited to: machine learning; distributed systems; data management; security, privacy and trust; visualisation and Human Computer Interaction (HCI).


The new professor will be required to contribute strongly to the teaching mission of the Discipline and College/School at undergraduate and graduate level, as well as supervising student projects at those levels, including the development and support of PhD research and advanced topic teaching activities.


As part of an academic restructuring process currently underway at NUI Galway it is envisioned that the Discipline of Information Technology will become a separate School within a larger merged science and engineering College structure. There is a significant opportunity for the new professor to lead the development of this new School and it is expected that the new professor will serve as Head of the new School on appointment for a defined (4-year) term.




For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Peter McHugh, Dean of College and Head of School of Engineering and Informatics, Email or telephone: +353 (0)91 493152

Additional information on the College and Discipline is available at:

College of Engineering and Informatics:

Discipline of Information Technology:

Information on the University's Strategic Plan is available at:


Appointments at Established level

€106,515 to €136,275

(This appointment will be made on the Established Professor scale in line with current Government pay policy)

(For pre 1995 public sector entrants in Ireland, the D class Salary rates will apply)


Closing date for receipt of applications is 17:00 (Irish Time) on Friday, 20th October 2017.  It will not be possible to consider applications received after the closing date.


Garda vetting may apply.


Appointments will be conditional on work authorisation validation.

Further details are available at


For more information and Application Form please see website: Applications should be submitted online.


Please note that appointment to posts advertised will be dependent upon University approval, together with the terms of the Employment Control Framework for the higher education sector.


National University of Ireland Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

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