Job Vacancy – Research Support Officer – ANDROMEDA & RESPONSE

2 Years, Fixed-Term, Whole-time Post
Position summary
Applications are invited for a Research Support Officer to join the MaREI Centre.  
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 is also funded by SEAI, EI, EPA, ERDF, EU, HEA, Marine Institute, DCCAE and IRC, as well as through contributions from our industry partners. Researchers in the MaREI Centre have over 30 years of experience in conducting fundamental and applied research supported by competitively won national and international funding, and commercial contracts with government agencies and industry. MaREI’s strengths lie in the multi-disciplinary nature of its research teams, allowing it to combine insights across areas such as MRE Technologies, Materials & Structures, Observations & Operations, Coastal & Marine Systems, Bioenergy, Energy Policy & Modelling and Renewable Energy Management
The successful candidate will join the Marine Governance Group within the Centre and work within a multidisciplinary research team that focuses on societal impact, science communication, outreach and stakeholder engagement.
The successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day delivery of the science communication and stakeholder engagement work for the JPI Oceans funded research projects ANDROMEDA and RESPONSE, which focus on the fate and impacts of micro- and nanoplastics, and their associated additives in marine environments. These large multinational projects require experience with stakeholder engagement, science communication, and associated project management and a proven track record that shows work experience and includes peer review and other publications, report submissions to external bodies, editorial experience and working knowledge of research funding applications at national and international scale.
ANDROMEDA and RESPONSE are multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research projects and the successful candidate must be self-motivated and enthusiastic, with strong interpersonal skills, and experience in working across disciplines to maintain ongoing engagement with project partners, and communicate complex scientific information to diverse stakeholder groups at local and international scale.
Supplementary Information on the Department/Research Centre and the post is available here 
Post Duration: 2 Years
Salary: €37,000 p.a. (Personal Rate)
Project: Joint Programming Initiative for Healthy Oceans and Seas (2020-2023) funded projects, ANDROMEDA and RESPONSE 
For an information package including further details of the post see here 
Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Kathrin Kopke at ei.ccu@ekpok.k
Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal. Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to ei.ccu@tnemtiurcer, quoting the job-title and project name.
Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 16 July 2021. No late applications will be accepted.
Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.
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The JPI Oceans-funded ANDROMEDA project brings together a multidisciplinary consortium of 15 international partners to improve the quantification of nanoplastics and microplastics in our oceans and seas.

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