Senior Academic Leadership Initiative

The Irish government is committed to delivering the resources and supports to keep Ireland at the forefront of research, innovation, and development in an era of rapid technological and social change. Leveraging the skills, knowledge and talent of outstanding researchers in higher education institutions (HEIs), Ireland aims to push the frontiers of knowledge for social, technological, and environmental progress. To help address the significant gender imbalance among academic staff at senior levels, 45 new senior academic leadership posts have been approved by the government under the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative, which aims to help achieve equality of outcome in the higher education sector. Under this initiative, Institute of Technology Carlow has been approved for the post of Director of Engineering Research and Innovation.

Job Description

Application Form

Closing date for applications is Tuesday 3rd November 2020 at 12:00 noon.

Welcome to Institute of Technology Carlow

Institute of Technology Carlow has a distinctive and distinguished history of higher education provision spanning almost fifty years, collaborating with a broad range of civic, academic and industry partners and empowering almost 60,000 graduates to date. Within an increasingly diversified and growing higher education landscape, the Institute continues to build a higher education institution that places the quality of the learner experience centre-stage, supported by a commitment to knowledge development and the achievement of excellence, to creativity and innovation, to connectivity with our regions and the world.

The Institute is ranked as the second largest of Ireland’s eleven Institutes of Technology in 2017/2018 in terms of total learner enrolments ( With almost 8,500 enrolments and 840 staff in 2018/2019, the Institute provides higher education programmes, research and enterprise development opportunities through its centres in Carlow (Est. 1970), Wexford (Est. 1995) and Wicklow (Est. 2005). The Institute currently offers more than 80 full-time CAO programmes to honours degree level; over 30 taught postgraduate programmes to Masters degree level; almost 200 lifelong learning programmes; and Masters and Doctoral research programmes with specialisms in ICT, Bio-Environmental Technologies, Product Design, Business, Engineering Technologies, Sport & Health Sciences and Social Sciences. The Institute had the highest percentage of full-time postgraduate learners in the technological sector and the highest percentage of lifelong learners in the higher education sector in 2017/2018 (

Welcome to Carlow & The South East

Ireland South East combines the five counties of CarlowKilkennyTipperaryWaterford, and Wexford, with a population of over 580,000. The region is home to friendly and innovative people, beautiful landscapes, world-class research and educational facilities, and a thriving business community. The region has grown steadily over the past decade and has strong economic clusters in EngineeringLife SciencesFinancial ServicesICTAgri, and the Creative sectors.

The region has good quality transport and other infrastructure, with a regional airport, three commercial seaports, a good road network, and with a network of region-wide industry and technology parks. It has a well-developed tourism sector. The region also has a growing base of companies involved in international services. Research and innovation infrastructure and capacity within the HEI sector in the South East has benefited over the last 5 year from investment through the Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateway Programmes, Innovation Vouchers and Partnerships the SFI Infrastructures programme, participation in SFI Centres programme and EU research funding 2007-2013 7th Framework Programme (EU FP7) and Horizon 2020 (H2020) programmes. The South East has a broad base of third level education institutions and disciplinary expertise, with providers including Institute of Technology Carlow with facilities in Carlow and Wexford.

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