Job Vacancy: Research Fellow, Energy Policy and Modelling Group, MaREI Centre

Closing Date for Applications: 23rd July 2021. 12.00

University: University College Cork

Research Centre:
 MaREI’s Energy Policy and Modelling Group. 

Contract Type: Fixed-term, Whole-time Post

Job Type: Research, Improving the understanding of global climate change mitigation scenarios using a novel multi-model framework.

Salary: €55,811 – €60,814 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale) 

Duration: 15 Months.

Position Summary

Research Fellow, Energy Policy and Modelling Group, MaREI Centre, Environmental Research Institute
15 Months, Fixed-term, Whole-time Post

Position summary

MaREI is a key research centre within UCC’s Environmental Research Institute (ERI), which is an internationally recognised Institute for environmental research dedicated to the understanding and protection of our natural environment and to developing innovative technologies, tools and services to facilitate a transformation to a zero carbon and resource efficient society. The MaREI Centre is an SFI funded research centre headquartered in the ERI and includes 13 other Universities and Third Level Institutes from across Ireland, has 50 industrial partners and has accumulated research funding of approximately €60m. It combines the expertise of a wide range of research groups and industry partners, with the shared mission of solving the main scientific, technical and socio-economic challenges across the climate, energy and marine spaces.

MaREI’s Energy Policy and Modelling Group (EPMG) in UCC has been engaged in energy policy and energy modelling research for 20 years. The results of this research have been published in journal papers, conference proceedings and reports and have directly informed the development of national energy and climate mitigation policy. The focus of research in the Energy Policy and Modelling Group is on integrated modelling approaches comprising i) sectoral energy demand and efficiency, ii) electricity, gas and water modelling and iii) full energy systems modelling.

The CAPACITY project is further developing these tools to facilitate insights and robust decision making about the appropriate long-term decarbonisation pathway for Ireland. The CAPACITY project is also working closely with policy-makers in Ireland to enhance the absorptive capacity of the governance system to utilise the insights from these energy modelling tools.

A key objective of this project is the further development and maintenance of the Irish TIMES integrated energy systems optimisation model for Ireland. The model is used to generate the least cost future energy system pathways subject to technology, policy, economic and resource constraints to support climate policymaking within government and other stakeholders, including the Climate Change Advisory Council.

Role of the Research Fellow

The Research Fellow will be responsible for helping to lead the overall development of the TIMES-Ireland Model, for managing model updates and integration of changes from team members, for ensuring best practice in version control and data integrity and for developing and leading research.
 
The ideal candidate will be an expert in developing and applying energy systems models and managing model development across a team. They will be deeply familiar with the TIMES model framework, have expertise in applying energy modelling tools to inform policy, have knowledge of Irish climate policy and the energy system, and be proficient in code and data management practices, including the use of Git. Very strong written and spoken communication skills, including fluency in English, is an essential requirement.

to Apply and Additional Information

Project Title: CAPACITY (Climate Action Pathways & Absorptive Capacity) 
 
For an information package including further details of the post see https://ore.ucc.ie/.  
 
Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr. Hannah Daly, Lecturer in Energy Engineering, MaREI Centre, Environmental Research Institute, Email: h.daly@ucc.ie
 
Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal (https://ore.ucc.ie/). Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to recruitment@ucc.ie, quoting the job-title and project name.