1) General recruitment: Ongoing

If you are interested in research assistant, PhD and post doc positions at Lero Software Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway, please contact for further information

2) Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship



Advanced Learning in Evolving Critical Systems (ALECS) is an innovative fellowship programme coordinated by Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre. The initiative is co-funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme and by Science Foundation Ireland, through Lero.


The aim of the programme is to provide training and career development to researchers through providing international mobility and intersectoral exposure. As a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship, ALECS offers high quality professional opportunities open to researchers of any age, nationality and discipline who comply with the programme’s eligibility criteria.


The programme will fund 26 fellowships for researchers, who either have a PhD degree or who have at least 4 years equivalent full-time equivalent research experience (in academia or industry).

Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre is the programme coordinator. However, a degree in Computer Science/Software Engineering (or in a related discipline) is not mandatory. Applications are open to candidates from complementary disciplines. 


Fellows will be recruited over internationally advertised calls for research proposals.

All candidates must discuss their research idea and seek the support of an eligible ALECS academic supervisor for their application. Applications without such support will not be considered.

For important dates associated with the 2nd call for proposals, click here. Register interest by emailing

Our broad research themes are outlined below. To find out more about the research being undertaken by Lero and by the ALECS academic supervisors, please check the supervisors’ profiles here.

  • Methods and Standards for High Integrity Systems

  • Autonomous and Adaptive Systems

  • Software Performance

  • Security and Privacy

3)  Multi-disciplinary Project on Time and Technology



Multi-disciplinary Project on Time and Technology

2 year role (with possibility of extension)

Lero | The Irish Software Research Centre, NUI Galway, Galway Ireland

Ref. No. NUIG-124-19


This project will focus on the complex relationship between time management and technology. Contemporary research is focusing on the acceleration of our technology-tethered lives and on the increased stress and anxiety that results. Research shows productivity apps and tools promise to manage our time more effectively but have little or no impact. Healthcare staff face well-documented time pressures to reduce waiting lists; high-tech and manufacturing industries have seen the rise of “high-speed” flow and agile methods; and entrepreneurs are facing pressures of the “fail fast” lean start-up movement.


Job Description:

To address the issues above, we welcome applications from candidates across multiple disciplines, including economics, management, information systems, computer science, analytics, and philosophy, where the proposed research in some way examines the relationship and complexities of time and technology. We would welcome candidates to propose ideas or explain how their research fits the time and technology remit.


Example areas:

  • Information systems: the researcher could examine new and emerging methods for high speed development (e.g. flow and continuous development) or the role of invasive technologies such as social media and games on our time use and associated distraction, stress and anxiety.
  • Economics: the researcher could conduct time-use studies, or use a variety of econometric methods to examine the impact of technologies on time or the temporal process of technological development. Examples include the timing of interventions, dynamic effects of interventions, forecasting of economic outcomes.
  • Management and HR: the researcher could examine the impact of technology on the future of work, in terms of the pace and continuing acceleration of work and work expectations, automation
  • Machine learning and analytics: the researcher could examine new ways of measuring and using temporal analytics, or using machine learning and analytics to optimize our use of time or examine the positive and negative impacts of how we use our time.


The successful candidate will work with the team of postdoctoral researchers and PhD candidates under the supervision of Prof. Kieran Conboy at NUI Galway. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to publish in the top-ranked journals, and must have a strong publication record as well as excellent writing skills. Furthermore, he/she is expected to actively participate in new research funding opportunities, such as the development of research proposals. The postdoctoral researcher must be a motivated self-starter, as well as being focused and exacting in their work ethic.



Postdoctoral Researcher

Essential Requirements:

  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. in information systems, economics, management, finance, computer science or equivalent
  • Relevant experience in an area of relevance to the time and technology project.
  • Excellent communications skills, both verbally as well as in writing.
  • A track record of publications.
  • Strong coordination, organisational and management skills.
  • Evidence of strong quantitative and/or qualitative skills.
    Desirable Requirements:
  • Good dissemination skills targeting non-academic audiences (industry-focused).

Additional Requirements for Research Fellow role

  • Clear area of identified academic contribution and excellence
  • Track record of funding applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead research projects
  • Good record of services to, and participation in, the academic community.

Role of the NUI Galway Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative research within their chosen area of time and technology.
  • Engage with various stakeholders and project partners (this may include regular onsite visits, workshops, project reports, and coauthor research papers).
  • Publish research in top ranked journals and conferences
  • To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • Attend and network at relevant conferences and meetings hosted by relevant professional institutions and other universities as appropriate.
  • The successful applicant will have funding to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.



Research Fellow Salary: €53,776 to €68,230 per annum

Postdoctoral Salary:  €37,223 – €48,208 per annum

(Public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply)


Start date: Position is available from September 2019


Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway. For information on moving to Ireland please see Further information about Lero can be found at


Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Prof. Kieran Conboy at Lero, National University of Ireland Galway –


To Apply:

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Courtney Yanta:

Please put reference number NUIG 124-19  in subject line of e-mail application.


Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm – 25 July 2019



National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.


All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment


4) Fully-Funded PhD Position

The Impact of technology on time and time management. Ref No: NUIGMGT 004

This project focuses on the role technology plays in the increasingly accelerated, high speed nature of contemporary work. This project involves multiple disciplines, including economics, management, information systems, computer science, analytics, and philosophy. Related topics include but are not limited to the Future of Work, artificial intelligence and machine learning, organisational behaviour and work structures, emerging time and project management methods, technostress and technology-driven anxiety.

Supervisor: Professor Kieran Conboy

Email –


Candidates should be highly self-motivated with an ability to work independently and be willing to undertake the coursework required under the structured PhD in Management. Strong methodological skills and excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, are essential requirements. Applicants should have a very good primary degree (First or Second Class Honours) and ideally hold a Masters in an appropriate discipline. English language requirements are detailed here:


The project is funded through NUI Galway. The PhD stipend is €16,000 per annum and the funding will also cover fees, tenable for 4 years.

Further Information:

Informal enquiries concerning the posts may be made to the relevant supervisor listed above.

Enquiries about the Structured Phd at NUI Galway to be made to Olivia Noone:

About the JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics:

About the Whitaker Institute:

To Apply:

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of two referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Ms. Heather NiCaera ( Please put relevant reference number in subject.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm Friday 9th August 2019