Post-Doctoral Researcher – 2 Positions – FLEX4FACT

Applications are invited for two posts of Post-Doctoral Researcher to join the MaREI centre in UCC to programme manage and support the EU Horizon Project FLEX4FACT under the leadership of Dr Dominic O’ Sullivan, School of Engineering, UCC. 
These roles will report directly to the Principal Investigator for the FLEX4FACT project within UCC. The overarching objective of the FLEX4FACT project is to develop an end-to-end ecosystem that adopts a modular approach to enable flexible production in industry and create the conditions for the necessary energy transition in which all stakeholders can participate and benefit.
Project Title: FLEX4FACT 
Post Duration: 3 Years
Salary: €39,522 – €46,906 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)
Close Date: 28-Jul-2022 – 12:00

Job Description

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 the 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 with the support of and under the supervision of the 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.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will be expected to have:

  • A PhD qualification.
  • Appropriate research experience.
  • Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment.
  • A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
  • Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.
  • A commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project.
  • Ability to work well within a team.

Other Desirable Experience

  • Experience of industrial energy systems.
  • Experience in energy systems modelling.
  • Knowledge in the application of statistical analysis techniques on energy & manufacturing system data.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience in liaising with cross-disciplinary teams.
  • Knowledge of at least one programming language such as Python, Java etc.
  • Knowledge of BACnet, OPC or other engineering data communication protocols.
  • Interpret engineering drawings and specifications.
  • Write technical reports and document engineering activities using domain-specific techniques.
  • Excellent presentation skills.


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 12 other Universities and Third Level Institutes from across Ireland, has 50 industrial partners and has 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. 

Closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Thursday, 28 July 2022.

CVs and handwritten forms will not be accepted.

Late applications will not be accepted.

More information here.