AD ASTRA FELLOWS OVERVIEW
UCD is a research-intensive global university with purpose, drive and ambition. To contribute to the achievement of our mission and vision, we wish to hire additional faculty who share our ambition and our values: excellence, creativity, collegiality, engagement, integrity and diversity.
UCD has developed a new Central Pool Academic Appointments initiative that is aligned with the University Strategy key objectives:
1. Increase the quality, quantity and impact of our research, scholarship and innovation.
2. Provide an educational experience that defines international best practice.
3. Consolidate and strengthen our disciplines.
4. Conduct strong interdisciplinary research and education in important areas of national and global need.
5. Attract and retain an excellent and diverse cohort of students, faculty and staff.
6. Build our engagement locally, nationally and internationally.
7. Develop and strengthen our University community.
The UCD Ad Astra Fellows programme is one part of this initiative. Approximately 65 appointments will be made at Lecturer/Assistant Professor grade each year targeting high potential early-stage academics. Applications are invited across all academic disciplines represented in UCD. Excellence, creativity and the interest and capacity to engage across disciplines are underpinning values.
The UCD Ad Astra Fellows programme is extremely competitive and applicants are expected to have research outputs in the pipeline that will readily transition to research activity within UCD.
Application and Selection Procedures
Applications will consist of a cover letter, in which the applicant will describe how their academic interests fit with those of UCD, a complete CV including all research publications and research grants to date together with any publications submitted for publication but not yet published, and the names and contact details of three potential referees.
School, College and Central committees will support the scoring of all applications in accordance with the Central Pool Academic Appointments Policy. This scoring includes the track record and potential of the applicant; the student:faculty ratio in the relevant school relative to comparator group norms for the discipline; the size and strength of the relevant UCD discipline group/research group; the future potential of the relevant disciplinary or cross-disciplinary areas; the alignment of the applicant with the priority areas of UCD; the contribution the applicant will make to EDI goals; and the current and future availability of suitable facilities.
Failing to meet a threshold criterion under any category will result in exclusion.
As, with the exception of the track record and potential of the candidate, the scores are influenced by the situation within UCD and in particular within the individual schools, prospective candidates should contact the Head of School of their chosen school before submitting an application for advice as to whether their application will be competitive.
Applications will be assessed at School, College and University level, and only applications considered to be competitive at the next level will proceed to that level. Applicants whose applications do not proceed will be advised as soon as practicable.
Applicants short-listed at the University level will be invited to interview and present a seminar to potential fellow colleagues. Scores will be adjusted based on performance in both the interview and the seminar, and a final decision will be made on whether or not an offer will be made.
This comprehensive and robust selection process will assist UCD in deciding who will join us as Ad Astra Fellows.
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