Post-Doctoral or Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher – TRANSLATE

We are seeking a Post-Doctoral or Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher with significant experience and expertise in Geographic Information Systems, climate change risk assessment, stakeholder engagement and climate services. The candidate will undertake research focussed on the Met Éireann-funded project TRANSLATE. The role will involve the development of customised climate risk products, and analytical tools to provide risk-based decision support for climate adaptation across a range of sectors in Ireland.  To ensure the practicality, usability, and impact of the climate risk hub, stakeholder engagement and collaboration will form a key component of all stages of design, development, and evaluation. For further information on the project is available here

About MaREI

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.

Post Doctoral Researcher

This title will apply to newly qualified Post-Doctoral Researchers and will be considered as a period of training as the researcher will have dual goals in terms of the research project and their own career development.  The researcher will be mentored by a Principal Investigator (PI).  It is expected that a researcher would spend not more than 3 years at the Post Doctoral level, subject to the term of the project and would then be eligible to compete for a Senior Post Doctoral post advertised by the University. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities 

The primary focus of the Postdoctoral Researcher will be research however a particular emphasis during this stage should include;

  • To conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College in order to develop research skills and competencies.
  • To gain experience in grant writing.
  • To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed by, with the support of and under the supervision of a Principal Investigator.
  • To become familiar with the publication process.
  • To acquire generic and transferable skills (including project management, business skills and postgraduate mentoring/supervision).
  • To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research group, School or College.
  • To interact closely with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD and possibly have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with an academic supervisor.
  • To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.
  • To carry out additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • To contribute to costing research grant proposals and assist in the financial management of a research project.

Criteria

  • A relevant PhD qualification and post-doctoral research experience.
  • Good track record of publication (research reports and peer reviewed journal articles).
  • Significant experience in Geographic Information Systems in the area of climate change risk assessment.
  • High level knowledge of programming in either Python or R Experience of ArcGIS Online.
  • Demonstrable Experience of stakeholder engagement.
  • A clear understanding of climate change and adaptation issues in Ireland.
  • Extensive competence and experience in climate research.
  • Supervisory skills.
  • Leadership potential.
  • Experience of applying for and securing funding.
  • Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.
  • Good communication, organisational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work within a team.

Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher

This is an advanced research training role, building on their prior experience as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in UCC or elsewhere, where you will conduct a specified programme of research and research training under the guidance of a Principal Investigator. The primary purpose of the role is to deliver research results and objectives, develop new or advanced research skills and competencies, the successful development of funding proposals and to interact in the supervision and mentorship of graduate students, in conjunction with an academic supervisor.

The Post-Doctoral/Senior Post-Doctoral phase has an expected duration up to a maximum of 6 years, subject to the term of the project, on a full-time or part-time basis.  Movement to the grade of Senior Post-Doctoral researcher in the University will be by competing for an advertised post. External appointments made directly to Senior Post-Doctoral research positions must have previous post-doctoral experience of at least 3 years.

Key duties and responsibilities

  • To conduct and lead a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • To secure competitive research funding for research proposals
  • To engage in appropriate and professional development opportunities as required by your Principal Investigator, School or College.
  • To assume a role in the design as well as the execution of research, contributing significantly to the development of research proposals and funding successes.
  • To support the Principal Investigator and research group in the design and development of a research programme.
  • To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research, as directed by and with the support of and under the supervision of the Principal Investigator.
  • To engage in the wider research activities of the Research Group, School or College.
  • To interact closely with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD and have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day-to -day research in conjunction with the supervisor or supervision team.
  • To conduct administrative and management work associated with the research project.
  • To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • To engage in costing research grant proposals and take on financial management of projects.

Criteria

  • A relevant PhD qualification and post-doctoral research experience.
  • Significant Track record of publication (research reports and peer reviewed journal articles).
  • Extensive competence and experience in Geographic Information Systems in the area of climate change risk assessment.
  • Expert level knowledge of programming in either Python or R Experience of ArcGIS Online.
  • Demonstrable Experience of stakeholder engagement.
  • A clear understanding of climate change and adaptation issues in Ireland.
  • Extensive competence and experience in climate research.
  • Supervisory skills.
  • Leadership potential.
  • Experience of applying for and securing funding.
  • Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.
  • Good communication, organisational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work within a team.

For an information package including full details of the post, selection criteria and application process see https://ore.ucc.ie/.  

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr James Fitton, MaREI Centre, ERI; Email: james.fitton@ucc.ie

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal. Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to recruitment@ucc.ie, quoting the job-title.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on the 5th of November.

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