ECIT Engagement Call
ECIT is one of the QUB's flagship Global Research Institutes (GRIs). Our vision is to become a globally recognised institute, driven by research excellence, solving societal challenges and delivering impact through a unique model of innovation. We wish to further our engagement with the Queen’s academic community to help us grow our core research areas and define new inter- and multi-disciplinary research themes that will underpin tomorrow’s digital society. This evolution to multi-disciplinary research is key to our exciting plans for the creation of the Global Innovation Institute under the Belfast Region City Deal.Submit an Expression of Interest
We are actively seeking ambitious and driven researchers from across the University who wish to collaborate with us to augment our core research areas and deliver truly global impact.
In return, we can help to digitise your research through our world leading expertise and facilities. We are particularly keen to attract experts who develop or use digital technologies to achieve breakthroughs in biological sciences, environmental sustainability, public health, medicine, advanced manufacturing and the humanities.
The GII vision is to provide a core cross cutting innovation pillar in support of the Belfast Region City Deal (BRCD), promote world-class research and act as a driver for major economic impact.
The GII will play a major role in addressing the One Health challenge i.e. driving the linkages between the health of soil, animals and humans in order to provide improved nutrition, better healthcare outcomes and environmental sustainability. This requires high performance computing capability and intelligent machine learning algorithms, coupled with high speed data connectivity, whilst ensuring data privacy and security. While One Health is an important initial focus area of the GII, other sectors include; advanced manufacturing and financial services, ensuring we are meeting the needs of the wider economy.
Become an ECIT Associate Fellow
There are an abundance of benefits from being an ECIT member.
Some of the benefits that you can expect from engaging with the ECIT GRI include:
- Contribute to multi-disciplinary project proposals – participate in consortia made up of academic and industry partners.
- Access to a team of industry experienced engineers – who develop professional hardware and software demonstrators, support knowledge transfer activities and accelerate the impact of your research.
- Business development and industry support – to facilitate industry engagement and commercialisation.
- ECIT Associate Fellow designation – a clear indication of your interdisciplinary research pedigree.
- A collegial environment - that fosters collaboration and cross-pollination of ideas without barriers.
- Dedicated or hot-desking space and access to laboratory facilities with state of the art testbeds – for research staff and PGR students engaged in joint projects.
If you are interested in learning more about the ECIT GRI and our ambitious plans, please feel free to contact Gavin McWilliams the ECIT Multidisciplinary Programmes Director or talk to any of the Principal Fellows (listed alongside their primary research centre):
Associate Fellowship membership is open to academics from across the Faculties of Health and Life Sciences, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Engineering and Physical Sciences.
We especially welcome experts who can lead or contribute to large multidisciplinary research programs working to address major challenges. Some examples emerging from recent multidisciplinary research activity across ECIT and other units in the University include research on the computational challenges of genomics, the influence of social networks in public health, the legal, political and ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity, smart grid resilience and engineering product design by the Cloud. We also welcome researchers who wish to pursue the use of new and emerging technologies explored in ECIT (such as Cybersecurity, HPC & Cloud Computing, Data Sciences, Artificial Intelligence, and Wireless Communications) to achieve breakthroughs in their respective fields.
ECIT welcomes Associate Fellows from all career stages.
Candidates may already have a track record in the use of new digital and data-driven technologies in their research, or the potential for such technologies to enable breakthroughs in their research in the near future. We welcome researchers with demonstrable links with industry, government, or other external stakeholders. Previous experience in multidisciplinary research is highly desirable.