ECIT Engagement Call
ECIT is one of the University’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 both our core and multi-disciplinary research areas, which will underpin tomorrow’s digital society. Our multi-disciplinary research is key to our exciting plans for the creation of the Global Innovation Institute (further detail below) 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 as well as our multidisciplinary research activity and deliver truly global impact.
We are interested in hearing from anyone who can contribute directly to the centres listed above, and we are also keen to attract experts who develop or use digital technologies to achieve breakthroughs in engineering, the health and life sciences or the social sciences. ECIT has a growing portfolio of multidisciplinary projects and as part of our Interdisciplinary Research Strategy, we have identified the following four multidisciplinary research themes: Health Analytics and Protection of Public Health Data, Smart Cities and Secure Connected Intelligent IoT, AI-Security for Finance & Insurance, Agri-Tech and Environmental Sustainability.
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 Fellow
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 you, your PGR students and your research staff.
- Flexible membership – designated as an ECIT member at various levels from Associate Fellow, Fellow and Principal Fellow.
If you wish to engage with ECIT and are interested in contributing to our core research areas and/or undertaking collaborative research with researchers at ECIT, please submit an expression of interest, to include the following information, by email to email@example.com:
- Area in which you wish to engage: CWI, DSSC, CSIT and/or multidisciplinary research theme
- A link to your Pure profile or a CV/biography (2-page maximum)
Please note that you need to inform your Head of School or Department of your submission.
If you are interested in learning more about the ECIT GRI and our ambitious plans, please feel free to contact any of the following ECIT staff members, depending on your area of interest:
- Maire O'Neill (ECIT Director/CSIT Director)
- Hans Vandierendonck (DSSC Director)
- Dr Simon Cotton (CWI Director)
- D Paul Miller (CSIT Deputy Director)
- Prof Michalis Matthaiou (CWI Deputy Director)
- Godfrey Gaston (ECIT Executive Director)
- Vince Fusco (ECIT CTO)
- Gavin McWilliams (ECIT Interdisciplinary Programmes Director)
Expressions of Interest are welcomed on a rolling basis and will be processed quarterly (31 January/ 30 April/31 July/31 October) by the GRI senior management group. Submissions will be considered by a panel of experts drawn from ECIT and across the University, where necessary. ECIT welcomes submissions from early-career academic staff on probation and will consider these in accordance with career stage.
Submissions to engage with ECIT and time allocation of ECIT members must be discussed with and approved by the applicant’s Head of School. The time that academic staff spend in ECIT is not fixed and may vary according to the scale and scope of the research engagements that they undertake in the Institute. ECIT’s membership will be revisited every 3 years, after which, it can be renewed in discussion with the applicant.
Read more below to find out what level of fellowship you should apply for.
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.
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.
*ECIT welcomes Associate Fellows from all career stages.
ECIT Fellowship members should demonstrate expertise which is aligned with one or more of the priority research themes of the three ECIT Centres (CSIT, CWI or DSSC). These areas may range from established to emerging and are continuously reviewed by Centres to maintain alignment with national and international research priorities. Applicants are encouraged to consult with Centre Directors before applying to understand in more depth the priorities and agenda of each Centre. Applicants for Fellowship should have an excellent publication profile for their career stage, evidenced by milestone papers in flagship journals or archival conference proceedings of their area. Established researchers should further demonstrate a track record of research outcomes (e.g. hardware or software artefacts), ability to secure research income, and examples of research impact activity within the past five years. Early-career and developing researchers should demonstrate potential to attract research income and research impact in line with ECIT’s mission and priorities. ECIT welcomes submissions from early-career researchers and will consider them in accordance with their career stage. Staff potential to undertake inter-disciplinary research is a desirable criterion, although not a requirement for considering as a Fellow.
Principal Fellowship members should already have an international reputation as leaders in their research areas. An excellent profile in publications, research outcomes, research income, and impact and knowledge transfer are requirements for appointment as Principal Fellow. Principal Fellows should also demonstrate that they can develop and lead major externally funded research and innovation programs, as well as the willingness to play an ambassadorial role for the research and innovation activity of ECIT in national and international research fora. They should be able to lead large teams that may work across disciplinary boundaries and help those teams achieve a good international standing. Principal Fellows should also encourage and facilitate collaborative research activities between staff in the Institute. Principal Fellows will work closely with the Director to develop the Institute’s mission and culture. A Principal Fellow should become an advocate of the Institute at the national and international level and be able to strengthen the Institute’s partnerships with government and industry.