Post-Doctoral Researcher opportunity: Energy Systems Modelling

Closing Date for Applications: 21st, June 2021

University: University College Cork

Research Centre:  MaREI’s Energy Policy and Modelling Group. 

Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time

Job Type: Research, Improving the understanding of global climate change mitigation scenarios using a novel multi-model framework.

Salary: €38,630 – €45,942 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Duration and Start Date: 3 years, Before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 25 June 2021.

Position Summary

Applications are invited for the post of Post-Doctoral Researcher in Energy Systems Modelling to join the MaREI Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine, based at the Energy Policy and Modelling Group (EPMG) in UCC. The researcher will develop global power system models using the PLEXOS Software consistent with the Paris Climate Agreement. 
Governments and policymakers set decarbonisation targets based on outputs from climate science informed by Integrated Energy Assessment Models. These outcomes influence climate ambition and shape pathways and investment strategies for companies and industry in the decarbonisation of energy systems. A challenge with Integrated Assessment Models is their limited ability to consider variable renewables across both time and space leading to poorly informed insights. This weakness can be overcome by linking to  power system models as it allows a unique and deep exploration of temporal and spatial resolution which produces improved outcomes.


The ideal candidate should be a quantitative, analytical person with a PhD in engineering, science, or economics, and a proficiency and appetite for electricity systems analysis and policy-relevant research. Direct experience in developing global electricity models, particularly linking integrated assessment models to power system models such as PLEXOS would be preferred. The applicant must display a broad understanding of all parts of the global electricity system and have knowledge of energy and climate policy. The candidate should be a skilled communicator with experience in presenting technical analysis. The ideal candidate should have a track record of strong peer reviewed journal publications appropriate to their experience.  Fluent written and spoken English is an essential requirement.

Working location

The successful applicant will be based in 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. Overlooking a protected natural reserve and the River Lee, the ERI is a welcoming, diverse and modern workplace.

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.

Research Group

MaREI’s Energy Policy and Modelling Group (EPMG) in UCC has been engaged in energy policy and energy modelling research for 20 years. The results of this research have been published in over 200 journal papers, conference proceedings and reports and have directly informed the development of national energy and climate mitigation policy. The focus of research in the Energy Policy and Modelling Group is on integrated energy systems modelling comprising i) sectoral energy demand and efficiency, ii) integrated electricity, gas and water modelling and iii) full energy systems modelling. EPMG is led by Prof. Brian Ó Gallachóir, Chair of the Executive Committee of the IEA Technology  Collaboration Programme on energy systems modelling (IEA-ETSAP).

To Apply

For an information package including further details of the post see
Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr Paul Deane, MaREI Centre, Email: ei.ccu@enaed.pj
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.