Post-Doctoral Researcher – Future Sustainability

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral research position at University College Cork. The candidate will contribute to the “Environmental Intelligence” research project led by Dr Marguerite Nyhan. This focuses on advancing the science and technology underpinning sustainable, healthy and liveable cities of the future. This frontier research project will employ sensing technologies, largescale Information Communications Technologies (ICT) datasets, artificial intelligence, machine learning and statistical methods to quantify urban environmental metrics (e.g. air pollution and greenspace) and urban dynamics in unprecedented accuracy and scale in a number of case study cities. The project will then investigate human-environment interactions and analyse associations between urban environmental exposures and health impacts to inform urban design and environmental health policies. Dr Marguerite Nyhan is an Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer in Environmental Engineering & Future Sustainability in the School of Engineering & Architecture at University College Cork (UCC). This research is funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

Post Duration: until July 2025
Salary: €41,207 – €47,477 p.a. (IUA PD1 Salary Scale)
For an information package including further details of the post see
Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr Marguerite Nyhan, Senior Lecturer in Future Sustainability & Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering & Architecture and Environmental Research Institute, Email: ei.ccu@nahyn.etireugram.

Candidate Profile

  • A PhD in environmental engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, data science or similar
  • Highly motivated, detail orientated and committed with a keen interest in creative and multidisciplinary research
  • Experience in data analytics, statistics and/or urban analytics
  • Experience in environmental sustainability and environmental health is advantageous but not essential
  • Experience in sensor hardware development and/or smartphone application development is advantageous but not essential
  • Excellent communication, organisation and interpersonal skills
  • A record of peer-reviewed journal publications

The Future Sustainability Research Group

The Future Sustainability Research Group investigates and develops intelligent solutions for sustainable, net zero, healthy, liveable and equitable cities of the future. Led by Dr Marguerite Nyhan, the group employs state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies from a number of disciplines including engineering, computer science, urban planning, public health and sociology to achieve its vision. The Future Sustainability Research Group sits within the School of Engineering & Architecture, the MaREI Centre and the Environmental Research Institute at UCC.
As the challenges of urbanisation, environmental degradation and climate change are complex and multi-faceted, the Future Sustainability Research Group recognises that pathways towards a sustainable future will only be achieved by successfully harnessing emerging technologies including data analytics and artificial intelligence; by embracing complexity; by fostering a systems thinking approach and by engaging with people, policymakers and government. Its research falls under the themes of ‘Intelligent & Technology-Driven Solutions for Sustainable Future Cities’ and ‘Technology, Policy & Society’.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 24 February 2023. 

No late applications will be accepted.