PhD student position
DERI Institute
Galway, Ireland
Sensor Middleware Unit

The Sensor Middleware Unit

The advent of sensor technologies and the Semantic Web provide the unique opportunity to unify the real and the virtual worlds. It enables the building of very large infrastructures which for the first time facilitate the information-driven real-time integration of the physical world and computers on a global scale. Flexible middleware technology which abstracts from heterogeneous sensor network technologies to higher-level functionalities to enable interconnected sensor networks and processing of sensor data (Sensor Internet) is a cornerstone of enabling Semantic Reality. The sheer size and dynamic of this system poses quite novel and unique challenges, which we plan to investigate in the following years. 

We are looking for a PhD student to work in the area of Sensor Data Management, in particular we want to address the challenges of building and maintaining a sensor data repository which is distributed, heterogenous, and constantly updated, and how to efficiently make the data accessible.


- Completed degree in computer science, applied mathematics, or similar, with outstanding performance (Master, or equivalent)
- Experience with implementation work in C++ or Java
- Personal initiative, creativity and ability to effectively work in a team
- Good level of written and spoken English

Basic knowledge of distributed algorithms and database systems, e.g., from corresponding university classes, is welcome, but not mandatory.

Candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, an academic curriculum vitae, and the names of 3 references to quoting "Sensor Data Management" in the subject of the mail.

Applications from non-native English speakers should also include copies of their GRE, TOEFL, CPE or similar scores if available.

The PhD fellowship is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and offers for the successful candidate a generous annual stipend, course fees and conference travel when presenting.

About DERI (

The Digital Enterprise Research Institute, Galway (DERI) is among the
largest semantic research organizations in the world. DERI's mission is to enable systematic and human-centric access to knowledge on individual, organizational and global levels to solve today's problems - Enabling Networked Knowledge. DERI offers a stimulating, dynamic, multi-cultural research environment with excellent ties to research groups and industry

About Galway:

Galway is one of the most beautiful Irish cities shaped by artistic communities, active student life, innovative industry and leading edge research. Galway is located at the beautiful west coast of Ireland within the Galway Bay, 'between' Europe and the U.S., making it an ideal hub for national, European and international research.

Josiane Xavier Parreira
Post-doctoral Researcher
Sensor Middleware Unit
Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI)
National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)