7 PhD positions available in Confirm Smart Manufacturing Research Centre University College Cork, School of Computer Science and Information Technology Ireland

PhD Studentship - 7 positions


Job Posted: 07 Dec 2018

Closing Date for Applications: 15 Feb 2019

Department: Confirm Smart Manufacturing Research Centre

School: School of Computer Science and Information Technology

College: College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time

Job Type: Research

Salary: See advert for details

Confirm Smart Manufacturing Research Centre


7 PhD positions available – University College Cork


The Confirm Smart Manufacturing is an SFI Research Centre which is funded by SFI and industry to a value of €47 million, making it one of the largest new research and development centres in the country. The manufacturing sector is the second largest employer in Ireland and accounts for 24 per cent of total economic output - €110 billion in exports. The SFI Research Centre is supported by 42 Industry partners. These partners include technology providers, and end users from the Multi-National Corporation (MNC) and Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sectors across Ireland.


The Confirm Smart Manufacturing SFI Research Centre is a consortium led by University of Limerick including the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork Institute of Technology, National University of Ireland Galway, Athlone Institute of Technology, Maynooth University and Limerick Institute of Technology. The Centre will comprise of more than 200 researchers in smart manufacturing, including 106 new appointments.


The Centre aims to transform Ireland’s manufacturing industry to become a world-leader in smart manufacturing. Smart manufacturing optimises production systems, adding intelligence and enhanced information technology. These new technologies will be at the heart of the factories of the future, increasing product line adaptability, enabling real-time decision-making, shortening supply-chains, and speeding up the development of new innovations to produce higher-quality goods at reduced costs across all industry sectors.  The Confirm Smart Manufacturing Research Centre will be revolutionary for Irish manufacturing competitiveness, delivering the technological advances and expertise for a smart manufacturing innovation ecosystem, enabling companies to compete within the rapidly changing global landscape, and boosting Ireland’s reputation as a leading international manufacturing location.


The Confirm Centre - UCC is hosted within the School of Computer Science and Information Technology and is located in the Western Gateway Building in UCC.


For more information on The Confirm Smart Manufacturing SFI Research Centre, please see the links below.

  • https://confirm.ie/
  • https://www.sfi.ie/sfi-research-centres/confirm/
  • https://www.ul.ie/research/blog/launch-confirm-research-centre-create-over-100-jobs


Studentships are open immediately for application, to pursue research within the overall scope of the Confirm Centre. More detail on the centre research structure and programme can be found here: https://confirm.ie/research/  


Applicants should hold a good honours undergraduate or Masters degree in computer science, computer engineering, data analytics, industrial mathematics, statistics, or other relevant research areas. Ideally applicants will be able to demonstrate an interest in both theoretical and software engineering skills, with a keen interest in algorithms, artificial intelligence, and related areas. We are especially interested in candidates with knowledge of constraint programming, operations research, machine learning, wireless sensors and artificial intelligence.


The successful applicant will receive total funding of approximately €18,500 per annum for up to four years and an annual contribution of €5,500 towards tuition fees. Non EU candidates may apply but they will need to cover extra fees themselves.


General enquires about the PhD positions can be made to:  

Prof. Barry O’Sullivan - b.osullivan@cs.ucc.ie (3 studentships)

Prof. Ken Brown  - k.brown@cs.ucc.ie (2 studentships)

Dr. Steve Prestwich - s.prestwich@cs.ucc.ie (2 studentships)

Start date:  Studentships start from January 2019  - to October 2019


To Apply:

Applications by email to Caitríona Walsh at recruitucc@insight-centre.org and must include "Confirm PhD Studentship” in the subject line. Applications must include, in PDF format only:

  1. full CV;

  2. a transcript of results for all university level modules and courses;

  3. one-page abstract describing final year undergraduate project (if applicable);

  4. one-page abstract describing MSc project (if applicable);

  5. one-page abstract describing relevant work experience (if applicable);

  6. 300 word statement explaining interest in research, referring explicitly to one or more of the areas listed above.


Review date:  15th February 2019.

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