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Senior Researcher – Artificial Intelligence in Wireless Communications / UAV networks (Dublin)

LH-03 Senior Researcher – Artificial Intelligence in Wireless Communications / UAV networks (Dublin)

Contract Type: Full Time/Fixed Term (12 months)

The Wireless Communications Laboratory at Tyndall National Institute in Dublin is advertising for the position of a Senior Researcher in AI techniques for wireless communications/UAV networks within the SFI Defence Challenge MISTRAL project, and reporting to Dr Lester Ho. The successful candidate will develop AI-driven planning and control systems for autonomous UAVs that are deployed to provide wireless communications coverage and sensing capabilities for a wide array of applications including peacekeeping, search and rescue and disaster management.

The post offers a superb opportunity for an ambitious individual to work collaboratively on exciting, cutting-edge science at the interface between academia and industry and across multiple teams.

Tyndall’s Wireless Communications Laboratory intends to grow to 50+ researchers based in Dublin by 2025. As part of this it is expected that follow-up opportunities within the lab will be available after the successful completion of the MISTRAL project.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create UAV flight optimisation algorithms to create and maintain an airborne network to provide wireless communications coverage to critical end-users on the ground.
  • Develop and validate AI-based predictors to provide accurate estimates of radio propagation conditions based on real-time measurements and terrain data.
  • Support the implementation and testing of the developed algorithms in real-world drone flight control systems.
  • Disseminate research achievements through publications in leading journals and at leading conferences.
  • Participate in developing future research initiatives within the group
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the required Health and Safety standards.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may be reasonably required within the general scope and level of the post. 

Essential Criteria

  • PhD degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Wireless Communications, Electrical/Electronic Engineering or a related discipline.
  • Typically 5+ years of post-doctoral research experience in the field of machine learning and optimisation techniques.
  • Ability to proactively contribute to multi-disciplinary teams from academia, industry and defence organisations.
  • Strong publication record in IEEE or ACM journals and conference publications.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in the field of wireless communications and UAVs are highly desired.
  • Demonstration of experience with developing and implementing ML techniques in real-world systems, particularly for prediction and real-time optimisation of autonomous systems.
  • Good mathematical skills and knowledge of mathematical modelling tools such as Julia/ Python/MATLAB.
  • Ability to engage in the wider research activities of the research group.

For any informal queries, please contact Prof. Holger Claussen at or Dr Lester Ho at

Appointment will be on the Grade 6a Admin II Scale (B) €66,055 to €83,672 per annum. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Closing date for application is 30th June, 2023

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the application form with Job Reference LH-03

Step 2 - return the completed application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to

Please ensure that your motivation letter, CV and application letter are submitted in pdf format.

A full candidate information pack is available to download by clicking here.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.