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MSc/PhD Studentship: Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland

The Institute invites applications for the following position:

MSc/PhD Studentships (Full-time: 4 Years)

Dundalk Institute of Technology is a dynamic, world class Institute that has developed an international reputation in both basic and applied research through its Research Centres.

The Regulated Software Research Centre (RSRC) is within the School of Informatics and Creative Arts and is located in the Carrolls Building. The RSRC (https://www.dkit.ie/research/centres/regulated-software-research-centre) has developed an international reputation for performing medical device software engineering.

The RSRC is a member of Lero. Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre is Ireland’s national software research centre, headquartered at the University of Limerick and involving all of Ireland’s seven universities and Dundalk Institute of Technology. Following Lero’s significant recent direct grant funding in excess of €30m from Science Foundation Ireland (grant number 13/RC/20194), and our industry partners, we are seeking to fill over 40 research positions and 80 PhD positions. As part of this funding the RSRC wishes to expand its medical device software engineering team through recruiting 5 new post doctoral positions and 9 PhD positions over the next 10 months, with 4 of these PhD positions being available over the next few months. Each PhD studentship is funded for 4 years.

Applicants should as a minimum have a 2:1 or 1st Class Honours Degree (or equivalent) in a computing related discipline. The studentship will include a monthly stipend, payment of fees, travel and equipment.

Applicants should forward a full CV, detailing any research experience gained to date to the Graduate Studies Office at Aideen.Gaynor@dkit.ie. Closing date for applications is Friday 3rd April 2015.

The 4 PhD positions available are as follows:

1. Position A1-03
Hub Project A: Methods and Standards for High Integrity Systems – to commence in June 2015.

The PhD student will work under the supervision of Dr. Fergal McCaffery on the Scaling Methods for Critical and Regulated Domains and Standards project. The student should ideally have a M.Sc. in computer science, software engineering or equivalent. The student will work closely with the Research Fellow and post-doc involved in this project. The goal is to further develop and tailor software development methods to facilitate the increasing demands of contemporary software development environments, extending existing and emerging regulated and global software development approaches. Such demands also include efficient process improvement in critical and regulated domains (e.g. medical devices), while addressing continually increasing safety regulations. This research will investigate use of legacy software, usability and traceability in achieving regulatory compliance when developing such systems. The PhD student will collaborate with a research fellow and post-docs to conduct leading edge research into generic best practices and techniques to address the problem space.

2. Position TP-2-05
Medical Device Software Framework Project – to commence in May/June 2015.

The PhD student will work under the supervision of Dr. Fergal McCaffery on the Medical Device Software Framework project. The student should ideally have a M.Sc. in computer science, software engineering or equivalent. The student will work closely with the Senior Research Fellow involved in this project.

The goal is to research how business control management systems need to enhanced to fulfil the regulatory demands of the medical device industry. The student will research what practices organisations having ISO13485 or a more generic QMS in place need to implement to satisfy the medical device regulations for software – either for a medical device containing embedded software or a medical device that consists entirely of software – i.e. a standalone medical device such as a medical mobile app. The student would research what standards would be required – how the required standards relate to ISO 13485 and the other standards, then develop a framework based upon the gap between ISO 13485 practices to what is required – validate the framework using experts from the international medical device standards community and tailor the framework based upon feedback – once validated by international experts then perform trial implementations in customer environments and obtain feedback – and tailor until the framework is complete. In addition to safety standards we would also take into consideration security and interoperability as this is particularly important for devices that will be networked within a healthcare setting.

The PhD student will collaborate with a senior research fellow to investigate the principle emerging demands from the challenges posed by evolving technology and regulations

3. Position TP-2-07
Medical Device Software Framework Project – to commence in May/June 2015. 
The PhD student will work under the supervision of Dr. Fergal McCaffery on the Medical Device Software Framework project. The student should ideally have a M.Sc. in computer science, software engineering or equivalent. The student will work closely with the Senior Research Fellow involved in this project. This project will involve developing a medical device software defect taxonomy in collaboration with industry and leaders of the international medical device standards community.

4. Position TP-2-02
Medical Device Mobile Applications Project – to commence in May/June 2015. 
The PhD student will work under the supervision of Dr. Fergal McCaffery on the Medical Device Mobile Framework project. The student should ideally have a M.Sc. in computer science, software engineering or equivalent. The student will work closely with the Senior Research Fellow involved in this project. The goal is to develop a medical device mobile application development framework. This research will involve investigating how safety regulations may be achieved using different software development lifecycles that will facilitate shorter development lifecycles than traditional software development lifecycles. The PhD student will collaborate with a senior research fellow to investigate the principle emerging demands from the challenges posed by evolving technology and regulation.

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Job details

Employer:Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT)

Website:http://www.dkit.ie/

Location:Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland

Expires:April 03, 2015

Job type:PhD Studentship

Salary:Unspecified

Qualifications:Postgraduate - Master's degree

Employment type:Contract

Job hours:Full-time

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