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Research Fellow / Scientific Data Systems Manager (University of Galway 294-23)

University of Galway (NUI Galway)
Closing date
14 Dec 2023

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Environmental Science
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Fixed term

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Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time fixed term position as a Scientific Data Systems Manager (Research Fellow) within the Ryan Institute’s Centre for Climate & Air Pollution Studies at the University of Galway.  

This position is available immediately until contract end date 31st December 2025, with the possibility for extension until 31st December 2028.  


The position contributes to Ireland’s development of an advanced national Air Science monitoring and observation network, the AC3 (Atmospheric Composition & Climate Change) Network funded by the EPA. The position will be coordinated by Professor Colin O’Dowd, Chair of Atmospheric Physics and Director of Centre for Climate & Air Pollution Studies.  

C-CAPS have world-leading expertise in observations and research into atmospheric composition change and its interaction with air pollution and climate change, across the globe (including field studies from the cleanest (e.g. Antarctica) to the most polluted (Asian mega-cities). 

Mace Head Atmospheric Research Station - University of Galway 




Job Description:  

The successful candidate will hold the position of Research Fellow/Scientific Data Systems Manager and will manage data systems (e.g., under the AC3 project) delivering and storing real-time Air Science data (e.g., Atmospheric Composition, Air Pollution and Climate). C-CAPS data infrastructure comprises a national measurement network with several remote measurement sites around Ireland and at the University of Galway. Generation off and access to real-time data is essential to delivering high quality data products and, consequently, real-time data systems form a major part of the operational system. The main foci are to develop and deploy high quality data services for data gathering, processing, and delivery of network data from remote stations, 24/7 and with a target rate of >95% data capture.  


  • Management of instrument interfacing with monitoring networks; 

  • Management of Network and linux servers/administration;  

  • Management of NAS and RAID/HPC storage systems/servers;  

  • Ensuring the integrity and quality of managed data and data systems and security; 

  • Coordinating, development and reporting of the AC3 IT & Data requirements leading to the timely delivery of data to destination database. 

  • Support and manage and contribute to the maintenance of the AC3 realtime data systems; 

  • To develop data visualisation for real-time operational monitoring of data quality;  

  • To manage and maintain safe data storage solutions through data lifetime cycle; 

  • Management and further development of key measurement network IT systems; data transfer, backup and archival, data visualization, publication, and monitoring and reporting; 

  • Report regularly on the state and suitability of current data systems.  

  • Any other duties assigned commensurate to this level of post. 


Qualifications/Skills required:  

Essential Requirements:  

  • 10 years+ (or 4+ PhD) experience with linux systems administration; 

  • Excellent understanding of networking and security (TCP/IP v4, SSH, SFTP, DNS, port forwarding, ping, route, VPN, iptables);  

  • Experience managing server and network hardware (HPC servers, Dell servers, Network switches, routers, access points, firewalls); 

  • Experience with scripting (e.g., Python, Bash); 

  • Excellent diagnostic skills; 

  • Web server content management ; 

  • Drivers licence.  

Desirable Requirements: 

  • Familiarity with cloud infrastructure AWS, IaC ; 

  • Experience with containers (docker), databases (MySQL), web servers (Apache, nginx)  

  • Software development experience (E.g., Python, C, Java, Matlab).  


Salary: Research Fellow salary scale €61,318 - €80,048 per annum, (subject to the project’s funding limitations), and pro rata for shorter and/or part-time contracts.  

The default position for all new public sector appointments is the 1st point of the salary scale. This may be reviewed, and consideration afforded to appointment at a higher point on the payscale (subject to the project’s funding limitations), where evidence of prior years’ equivalent experience is accepted in determining placement on the scale above point 1, subject to the maximum of the scale. Research Salary Scales - University of Galway). 


Start date: Position is available immediately.  


Continuing Professional Development/Training:   

Researchers at University of Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans. University of Galway provides continuing professional development supports for all researchers seeking to build their own career pathways either within or beyond academia.  Researchers are encouraged to engage with our Researcher Development Centre (RDC) upon commencing employment - see HERE for further information. 

Further information on research and working at University of Galway is available on Research at University of Galway 

For information on moving to Ireland please see  



Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Professor Colin O’Dowd by email:  

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 Yvonne Barrett e-mail 

Please put reference number University of Galway 294-23 in subject line of e-mail application. 


Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm (Irish Time), Thursday 14th December 2023.


We reserve the right to re-advertise or extend the closing date for this post. 

University of Galway is an equal opportunities employer.   

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


NUI Galway is recognized as a research-led University that addresses issues of global economic and societal importance. Our research strategy focuses on developing clusters of internationally recognised expertise in selected priority areas. We have developed meaningful and strategic research alliances with economic, social and cultural partners in areas of regional and national importance. This strategy has resulted in the creation of research clusters in themes that are academically challenging, economically viable and regionally and nationally relevant. We continue to develop our research priorities within the national and international context in addition to supporting emerging and cross cutting priority area development. Our priority research areas build upon our key strengths and include:

  • Biomedical Science and Engineering
  • Informatics, Data Analytics, Physical and Computational Sciences
  • Environment, Marine and Energy
  • Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy
  • Humanities in Context including Digital Humanities

These priority areas seek to address the challenges and needs of society. Our research leads to life changing discoveries and polices that shape the future both nationally and internationally. Our vibrant and dynamic community attracts researcher leaders, academics, entrepreneurs and students of the highest calibre who thrive in our research focused environment. This is embodied though our research commitment , which seeks to:

1. Contribute to Knowledge

2. Create partnerships with Industry

3. Educate Future Leaders

4. Shape the Direction of Public Policy

5. Enable Regional and Cultural Advancement 

Biomedical Science and Engineering

Developing innovative research programmes that promote the understanding and treatment of today’s major diseases. The core objective of this priority is to serve the needs of patients through research, to provide a real and measurable return on investment, to enhance regional and national enterprise development and to contribute to society through education and scientific outreach. Researchers focus on some of the major medical challenges that face the world today including cardiovascular disease, cancer, orthopaedic disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.

Informatics, Data Analytics, Physical and Computational Sciences Science

NUI Galway’s researchers in informatics use their world-wide network of partners to take part in global standardisation efforts and to improve the way people and businesses communicate and interact. Research also addresses the problems presented by vast data sets flowing from imaging activities that need significant computing power to reduce, analyse and visualize and further research looks at modelling and simulation, which are integral to almost all physical and biological sciences.

Environment, Marine and Energy

This research area covers environmental change and modelling, atmospheric studies, biodiversity and bioinformatics, marine science and law, and sustainable energy. Research efforts towards enhanced energy efficiencies and conservation methods, renewable energy sources and new advanced environmental technologies, help address the dilemma between balanced economic growth and environmental impact.

Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy

Research programmes examine economic innovation, social change, social inclusion, balanced development and health. The Whitaker Institute applies a multiperspective research approach to business and social issues, with an impact-led focus within the following research clusters:

  • Business Performance, Agility and Governance
  • Conflict and Collective Action
  • Environment, Development and Sustainability
  • Gender, Equality and the Knowledge Society
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Innovation: People, Place and Society

Humanities in Context including Digital Humanities

Humanities at NUI Galway is a vibrant research rich area for scholarship and debate. Programmes include research into Ireland’s presence within the European and Global community and its contribution to international developments, as well as the unique contribution that NUI Galway can make to the Irish language and cultural studies.

  • Exemplary collection of archives in the James Hardiman Library dating from the 15th century to the present day including ; Archives of the Druid, Lyric Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe theatres, literary papers include the archive of John McGahern, playwrights and actors papers such as Tom Kilroy papers, and film archives include the John Huston papers.
  • Unique national training hub enables and encourages interaction between archival resources, digital cultures, the business economy, public policy and social opportunity.
  • Research informs creative practices, production values, and strategies for the creative industries.


Galway takes centre stage on Ireland’s western seaboard. A spectacularly beautiful county, it is a medley of contrasts - the wildest and remotest of countryside teamed with one of Europe’s most vibrant and popular cities. Connemara is located to the west of Galway; whilst to the south, in the mouth of Galway Bay, are the Irish speaking Aran Islands where age old traditions are found along side modern living.

Cultural Galway

Galway is known as Ireland’s Cultural Heart (Croí Cultúrtha na hÉireann), attracting thousands to the many festivals throughout the year. A few of the big attractions include The Cúirt International Festival of Literature, the Galway Arts Festival, the Galway Races and the Oyster Festival.

Vibrant Galway

Even though it is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, Galway has retained the friendly character and intimate feel that make it so popular. Galway is young at heart, with students making up 20% of the population here. Galway is the most international place in Ireland with 1 in 4 people born outside of the state.

Business In Galway

Galway is the location of choice in Europe for the medical device sector which now employs in excess of 25,000 people in over 250 companies in Ireland. Ireland is now home to 17 of the top 25 global MedTech companies and exports exceed €7.9 billion annually. Other industries include ICT, Tourism and Financial Services.

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