There is an opportunity for green hydrogen generated by electrolysis from offshore wind energy in Ireland to replace the use of oil and natural gas, to contribute to security of energy supply, to reduce GHG emissions, and to serve export markets. These opportunities are being quantified in the industry-academia collaborative project H-Wind at the MaREI Centre. The H-Wind project has been built upon the successful EirWind project and consultation with the industry partners and experts, and will look at hydrogen production from OWFs, customer value chain, policy recommendations, and procedures for hydrogen safety, and develop concepts for scalable and optimised offshore wind – hydrogen hubs suitable to the Irish, Celtic and Atlantic Seas. H-Wind will facilitate the delivery of the MaREI Centre vision to position Ireland as a global leader in energy, climate and marine.
The appointee will conduct innovative research as part of the H-Wind project under the direction of the project’s Principal Investigator Dr Paul Leahy in collaboration with other technical advisors and industry experts.
The researcher is expected to contribute the development and validation of mathematical and integrated models for offshore wind – hydrogen hubs, and to develop element models including balance of plant, platforms, power cables, and storage. The researcher will also support other aspects including project communications, engagement with stakeholders, safety requirements, and policy recommendations.
The appointee is expected to contribute to the delivery of the H-Wind project’s deliverables and communicate the project’s results at high-impact national and international events.
Post Duration: 17 months
Salary: €41,207 – €47,477 p.a. (IUA PD1 Salary Scale)
Project: H-Wind – Hydrogen from Offshore Wind
For an information package including further details of the post see https://ore.ucc.ie/.
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.
The successful candidate will be expected to have:
- A PhD qualification.
- Appropriate research experience in renewable energy systems, grid integration, offshore systems or power-to-gas conversion.
- 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.
Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Thursday, 12 January 2023.
No late applications will be accepted.