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