We are seeking highly motivated and talented individuals to join our research team as PhD candidates. This is a full-time, fully-funded position that offers the opportunity to make novel contributions at the interface between computer vision and neural machine translation with the primary goal of addressing automatic recognition and translation of Sign Language to spoken language. The successful candidate will be hosted at ADAPT Centre (https://www.adaptcentre.ie/)@https://www.mtu.ie/), Ireland and closely work with a team of mentors.

Deadline of Application: February 22, 2023, with a starting date of as early as possible (preferably in March, 2023)

Why ADAPT Centre?

Contribute to the ADAPT research agenda that pioneers and combines research in AI driven technologies: Natural Language Processing, Video/Text/Image/Speech processing, digital engagement & HCI, semantic modeling, personalisation, privacy & data governance.

Work with our interdisciplinary team of leading experts from the complementary fields of, Social Sciences, Communications, Commerce/Fintech, Ethics, Law, Health, Environment and Sustainability.

Leverage our success. ADAPT’s researchers have signed 43 collaborative research projects, 52 licence agreements and oversee 16 active commercialisation funds and 52 commercialisation awards. ADAPT has won 40 competitive EU research projects and obtained €18.5 million in non-exchequer non-commercial funding. Additionally, six spinout companies have been formed. ADAPT’s researchers have produced over 1,500 journal and conference publications and nearly 100 PhD students have been trained.

As an ADAPT funded PhD researcher you will have access to a network of 85 global experts and over 250 staff as well as a wide multi-disciplinary ecosystem across 8 leading Irish universities. We can influence and inform your work, share our networks and collaborate with you to increase your impact, and accelerate your career opportunities. Specifically we offer:

Opportunity to build your profile at international conferences and global events.

A solid career pathway through formalised training & development, expert one-on-one supervision and exposure to top specialists.

A Fully funded, 4 year PhD postgraduate studentship which includes a tax-free stipend of approx. €18,500 per year for up to four years including EU tuition fees, research and equipment costs and all costs associated with training related covered.




Minimum 2.1 honours undergraduate degree in either Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering or related disciplines with strong programming skills.

Expertise/interest in Deep Learning/Natural Language Processing/Data Mining

Previous scientific publication experience preferred.

Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills

Educational level:

Master Degree

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About Adapt IT

Adapt IT Holdings Limited is an innovative Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) listed ICT Company based in South Africa.