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Postdoctoral Researcher in Automating Policy Compliance (ID. 002429)

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Postdoctoral Researcher in Automating Policy Compliance (ID. 002429)

Level:Postdoctoral Researcher
POSTED:January 25, 2024
LOCATION:Dublin City University
Duration:24 months
Reports to:Dr. Harshvardhan J. Pandit
Salary:€42,783 - 50,540
Closing Date:February 21, 2024

Please note the application closing date has been extended to Wednesday 21st February 2024. Late applications will not be accepted.

Please note the below is a shortened version of the full job specification. For more details on DCU, the ADAPT Centre, … please refer to the full Job Description document, which can be downloaded by clicking on the ‘Download full job spec’ button above.

For more instructions on how to apply via the DCU job portal, please refer to the ‘Application Procedure’ below.


Role Profile

The ADAPT Centre seeks to appoint a Post-Doctoral Researcher to work on a project involving the creation and utilisation of tools that utilise machine-readable semantics and LLMs to assist with policy documentation, discovery, and enforcement workflows. This project is a collaboration between ADAPT and an industry partner, and the Researcher will be mainly based in the ADAPT Centre within Dublin City University. The Researcher will work on a project involving developing a Machine-readable Data Policy Specification based on standards (RDF, ODRL), exploring its use to represent data policy workflows (e.g. under GDPR), explore the use of LLMs to assist in generating structured information, and to develop tools and techniques for policy enforcement (e.g. ensure workflows align with data processing agreements).

The open position corresponds to the work on one or more of the following topics:

1.      Developing a machine-readable policy specification

2.      Exploring potential of LLMs to assist with using the policy in documentation

3.      Developing a policy enforcement tool to apply the developed specification


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage and conduct the research under the leadership of the Principal Investigator
  • Disseminating outcomes of research through project reports as well as peer-reviewed academic publications, technical reports, industry and public events, and other channels.
  • Assist in the further development of research potential by pursuing external funding.
  • Where relevant to the research topic, and within the bounds of DCU policies, assist in co-supervising graduate and postgraduate research students.
  • Administrative and management tasks associated with the project.
  • Carry out any other duties within the scope and purpose of the job as requested by the PI.
  • Comply with all ADAPT and DCU policies and regulations, including those in relation to Research Ethics and Health and Safety.


Minimum Criteria

Applicants should have a PhD in Computer Science or equivalent. In addition, it is desirable that the candidate has experience in:

Knowledge and Experience

  • A strong background in use of semantic web, developing ontologies and applications that use querying (e.g. SPARQL), reasoning, and validation (e.g. SHACL) (essential)
  • Knowledge or awareness of privacy and data protection regulations such as GDPR (ideal)
  • Knowledge of Data Privacy Vocabulary (DPV) (ideal)
  • Experience in using and developing applications with LLMs designing and developing (ideal)
  • Evidence of a research profile and publication record (essential)
  • Knowledge of research techniques and methodologies (essential)
  • Capability for demonstrable high quality research (essential)
  • Experience working on collaborative projects (ideal)


Candidates will be assessed on the following competencies:

  • Discipline knowledge and Research skills – Demonstrates knowledge of a research discipline and the ability to conduct a specific programme of research within that discipline
  • Understanding the Research Environment – Demonstrates an awareness of the research environment (for example funding bodies) and the ability to contribute to grant applications
  • Communicating Research – Demonstrates the ability to communicate their research with their peers and the wider research community (for example presenting at conferences and publishing research in relevant journals) and the potential to teach and tutor students
  • Managing & Leadership skills – Demonstrates the potential to manage a research project including the supervision of undergraduate students


Further information

Essential Training

The postholder will be required to undertake the following essential compliance training: Orientation, Health & Safety, Data Protection (GDPR) and all Cybersecurity Awareness Training.  Other training may need to be undertaken when required.

Salary Scale

IUA Postdoctoral Researcher Salary Scale – Point 1 €42,783 – Point 7 €50,540.00
Appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and in line with current Government pay policy.

Closing Date

Wednesday 21st February 2024

For more information on the ADAPT Centre and School of Computing, please visit:

DCU School of Computing:


Application Procedure

Please submit your application through the DCU Vacancies portal, which can be found here:

In case you are applying as a DCU internal applicant, you must opt for the ‘Internal Vacancies’ CoreHR portal and log in using your DCU credentials. For all external applicants, please click on the ‘External Vacancies’ tile. In the ‘Search by Job Reference’ box, please enter the following job ID: 002429

Under the Job Details page, you can then scroll down to download the ‘Job Description’ document (also available for download via the ‘Download full job spec’ button at the top of this page) and Application Form. You can apply via the orange ‘Apply now’ button. You will be asked to upload the following as part of the recruitment process:

1)  Curriculum Vitae
2)  Cover Letter
3)  Completed application form (blank forms can be downloaded from the CoreHR listing).

Please note, if all items are not uploaded, the application will be deemed incomplete, and will not be processed.


For any further questions in relation to this role, please contact Dr. Harshvardhan Pandit, ADAPT Centre, Dublin City University ([email protected]).

For any questions or issues relating to the application process (e.g. requesting more information on the application procedure, issues accessing DCU CoreHR, …), please contact the DCU Applications team ([email protected]) or Robin O’Driscoll ([email protected]).


Equality and Diversity (DCU)
Dublin City University is an equal opportunities employer.

In line with the Employment Equality Acts 1998 – 2015, the University is committed to equality of treatment for all those who engage with its recruitment, selection and appointment processes.

The University’s Athena SWAN Bronze Award signifies the University’s commitment to promoting gender equality and addressing any gender pay gaps.  Information on a range of university policies aimed at creating a supportive and flexible work environment are available in the DCU Policy Starter Packs.

Equality and Diversity (ADAPT)

ADAPT is committed to achieving better diversity and gender representation at all levels of the organisation, across leadership, academic, operations, research staff and studentship levels. ADAPT is committed to the continued development of employment policies, procedures and practices that promote gender equality. On that basis, we encourage and welcome talented people from all backgrounds to join ADAPT.

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