UCDCS Research Scientist Position
SWIM (System for bathing Water quality Modelling) is a collaborative project led by University College Dublin, and is funded under the EU ERDF INTERREG VA – Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Irelandand Western Scotland.
Achieving and maintaining high marine water quality standards is essential for supporting increasingly stringent EU environmental legislations (e.g., Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC (EC, 2006a), Shellfish Waters Directive 2006/113/EC (EC, 2006b), and Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC (EC, 2000)). To ensure effective and efficient implementation of these directives, water resource managers need immediate knowledge of the water quality in order to take appropriate mitigating actions for social and ecological benefits in the event of pollution. This is particularly so for the Bathing Water Directive (EC, 2006a), where water quality is defined via comparison of Escherichia coli and intestinal enterococci (IE) concentrations to threshold values.
The Bathing Water Directive (2006/7/EC) classifies bathing waters as excellent, good, satisfactory or poor. This Directive also requires remedial management measures to be undertaken where pollution has been discovered.
The SWIM project will enable short-term pollution to be predicted, through the development of a bathing water quality prediction model and deriving from this, the capacity to inform the public through a series of media channels including text alerts and automatic web updates, and real-time communication via alert services delivered through electronic signage installed strategically at beach entrances. This will help to protect public health, significantly improve communication to members of the public, and in doing so contribute to promoting tourism.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the post of Research Scientist. The post holder will report to the Principal Investigator Professor Gregory O’ Hare. Specifically, it is envisaged that the Research Scientist will advise in the design of the SWIM software architecture to ensure the effective capture of sensed data from deployed environment sensors together with effective data fusion with other relevant pre-existing data streams. The Research Scientist will typically utilise appropriate machine learning techniques to extract correlations within the datasets. In addition they will assist with: database/data warehouse design to capture and store data; creation of data extraction APIs, mechanisms for conflation/fusion of data ; mechanisms for personalised information delivery to the public using a variety of media channels; delivery of data visualisation APIs; design of geofenced messaging services; routing of bathing water quality information to IP addressable signage and assisting with the production of scholarly output.
The primary purpose of the role is to develop new or advanced research skills associated with the research project, publication in peer-reviewed academic publications and scholarly dissemination, the development of funding proposals, and the supervision and mentorship of graduate students along with the opportunity to develop your skills in research led teaching. In addition to the Principal Duties and Responsibilities listed below, the successful candidate will be required to develop funding proposals, mentor other graduate students and may contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching within the School if/when appropriate. The successful candidate will also play a lead role in developing and executing a programme of research and scholarshipunder the supervision and direction of your Principal Investigator. More information
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