Post-Doctoral Researcher – CEEES group

Applications are invited for the SFI funded Post-Doctoral Researcher to join the MaREI Centre in University College Cork (UCC), based at Environmental Research Institute, Ellen Hutchins Building, Lee Road, Cork. The Post-Doctoral researcher will work on SFI funded research project focusing on conversion of anaerobic digestate into carbon-based materials for multi-faceted application.

Post Duration: 12 Months
Salary: €42,031 – €48,427 p.a. (IUA PD1 Salary Scale)
Project Title: Engineered organic carbon-based functional materials for energy and water (EMERGE)
For an information package including further details of the post see
Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr Kunwar Paritosh, Principal Investigator and Laboratory Manager, Environmental Research Institute, Discipline of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering and Architecture, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, Tel: + 353 852182662; Email: ei.ccu@hsotirapk.
Please include in your application a CV, cover letter, publication records and details of two academic referees.
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.


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 82 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.

Circular Economy, Energy, and Environmental Systems (CEEES) Group

The Circular Economy, Energy, and Environmental Systems (CEEES) group was initiated in the ERI in 2007 by Prof Jerry D Murphy. The CEEES group focus on renewable gaseous biofuel production (biohydrogen and biomethane) from 2nd generation substrates such as wastes, agricultural residues and lignocellulosic energy crops, and 3rd generation substrates such as macro-algae (seaweed) and micro-algae. Research covers biological and thermochemical bioenergy pathways. The group investigates a range of digestion applications at lab scale including for innovative technologies such as Power to X, demand driven biogas, novel biogas upgrading technologies and bioeconomy and biorefinery applications. Fundamental and applied aspects of biomass gasification, pyrolysis, and methanation are also investigated. Work includes for desktop analyses such as chemical kinetic modelling, process simulation, geographic specific bioresources, Life Cycle Analysis, sustainability analyses and techno-economic studies. CEEES’s work facilitates the development of roadmaps, which describe how Ireland can initiate a green gas industry, which would contribute to mandatory renewable energy targets for renewable heat and transport fuel.


The successful candidate will have a PhD in Civil, Environmental or Energy Engineering or similar disciplines; experience in environment and bioenergy is very important. The candidate should have in-depth knowledge of wastewater treatment processes, commissioning of anaerobic bioreactors including high-rate anaerobic bioreactors, anaerobic digestion, biochar production, characterization, and their application. The candidate should have of published work in peer review international journals of repute. Knowledge of anaerobic digestion, biochar application in energy and water systems would be an added advantage.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 25 August 2023. 

No late applications will be accepted.