Research Fellow, UCD School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering - 011588

Position Summary
We are seeking a senior research fellow for a 36 month position (@ 0.6 FTE) to work on the HRB JPND funded project ‘Multi-Domain Lifestyle Targets for Improving ProgNOsis in Huntington’s Disease’.

Huntington’s Disease (HD) is a progressive, life-limiting neurodegenerative disease. It has devastating consequences for the individual and their families. No current treatment to modify the course of the disease exists. Improved evidence based symptom assessment is crucial to optimising disease management. This project aims to identify key environmental factors (physical activity, sleep activity and nutrition) that may be responsive in targeted intervention with a view towards optimising disease management for individuals with HD.

The successful candidate should have significant research experience (~ 10 years) in academia and in the medical device industry with specific experience in the development of algorithms for monitoring physical activity and sleep, and in sensor deployment within the home. The senior research fellow will be central to the project and will coordinate data analysis and development of the sensor platforms for clinical deployment across multi-centres (UCD, Cardiff University).

The purpose of the role is to deliver a specific research project. The role allows the Research Fellow the professional development opportunity to demonstrate the capacity for independent and selfdirected research and scholarship and the management of a research team. The role allows the Fellow to assemble a portfolio of independent achievement and render themselves competitive for tenured academic positions or senior scientific roles in industry.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage and conduct a specific programme of research and scholarship as part of the research programme described above;
  • Disseminate the outcomes of this research and scholarship including peer-reviewed academic publications of international standing;
  • Take a leading role in the further development of the research programme and in seeking and pursuing appropriate external funding;
  • Participate fully in the wider research and scholarly activities of the School, Institute and University;
  • Where appointed to do so by the University, supervise graduate research students as cosupervisor;
  • Mentor and assist students and early stage researchers in your group, School and Institute;
  • Take responsibility for, manage and conduct administrative and management tasks associated with your programme of research;
  • Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by your School or Institute, or the University and where applicable your Principal Investigator;
  • Engage in teaching and teaching support as assigned by your Head of School under the direction of a tenured member of the academic staff.

Selection Criteria
Selection criteria outline the qualifications, skills, knowledge and/or experience that the successful candidate would need to demonstrate for successful discharge of the responsibilities of the post.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of how well candidates satisfy these criteria.


  • PhD in a biomedical engineering or equivalent with significant post-qualification research experience;
  • Experience in experimental design including research ethics;
  • Experience in the development of algorithms for monitoring physical activity and sleep, and in sensor deployment within the home;
  • Experience in the medical device industry;
  • Track record of high-quality publications and/or innovation outputs, in accord with the norms of their discipline;
  • Typically a minimum of 4 years postdoctoral experience, ideally including an international element and/or enterprise experience;
  • Demonstrable track record in the following areas:
  • Publications, as assessed by the norms of their discipline i.e. quality and impact of academic publisher, citations, ranking of journal publications etc.;
  • Supervision of students, including, where appropriate contributing to undergraduate project supervision and Masters Dissertations on taught programmes;
  • Research leadership in a research group or laboratory;
  • Contribution to the writing of research proposals which are submitted to peerreviewed funding processes;
  • Capability to exercise independence in research, as evidenced by, for example, senior authorship/sole authorship of publications and invited presentations at conferences.
  • Demonstrated contribution to management of single research project (reporting, financial management, purchasing etc.);
  • Proven ability to coordinate overall delivery of project objectives including interdependencies across work packages;
  • Track record of communication research to a wide range of stake holders;
  • Experience of devising new methodologies to solve complex research problems.


  • Experience in machine learning and classification techniques;
  • Project management experience;
  • Attainment of independent funding through a competitive, peer-reviewed process;
  • Innovation and commercialisation outputs, e.g. development of patents, prototypes;
  • Industry collaboration or experience;
  • Experience working with Government agencies, nationally or internationally.


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