Post-Doctoral Researcher – REGINA-MSP

Applications are invited for the post of Post-Doctoral Researcher to join the CINEA-funded REGINA-MSP project on ‘Regions to Boost national Maritime Spatial Planning’, in the MaREI Centre, ERI in University College Cork (UCC). The aim of the REGINA-MSP project is to improve the participation of Regions, local authorities and stakeholders in the development and implementation of national maritime spatial planning. REGINA-MSP combines a general analysis and discussion at European level under the auspices of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR), with an in-depth analysis at the level of eight regional case studies chosen in five countries (Ireland, France, Spain, Italy and Greece) pertaining to two sea basins (Atlantic and Mediterranean).

Project Title: REGINA-MSP (Regions to boost National Maritime Spatial Planning) 
Post Duration: 24 months
Salary: €39,522 – €46,906 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)
Closing date : 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Thursday, 22nd July 2022
For an information package including further details of the post see  
Informal inquiries can be made in confidence to Dr Anne Marie O’Hagan, Senior Research fellow, MaREI Centre, Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork. Email: ei.ccu@nagaho.a.
The successful candidate will work on a baseline assessment of MSP implementation at national and regional levels. This will include leading on the design, circulation and analysis of a questionnaire to national and regional/sub-national authorities to determine the current status of MSP in their area. This will cover aspects such as what regions are expecting from MSP, what they are doing on the subject and what are they willing to improve at various governance scales. The information and results obtained will be qualitative so it can be used as an input for other related, later work packages. The candidate will also be responsible for leading the development of a compendium of regional experiences, in association with case study project partners. This will utilise a customised template to capture experiences from the regional case studies and, specifically, to demonstrate how gaps have been or could be addressed. This final output will be thematically informative and transferable to other regions and countries facing similar implementation challenges. The Post-Doctoral Researcher will be responsible for day-to-day project management activities and contribute to the communication and dissemination of project activities in which they are involved. The expected impacts of the REGINA-MSP project include enhanced mobilisation at regional level to augment MSP efforts and its contribution to the EU’s Green Deal, as well as possible evolutions in the policy framework including better interactions between MSP and the European Cohesion Policy.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

This title will apply to newly qualified Post-Doctoral Researchers and will be considered as a period of training as the researcher will have dual goals in terms of the research project and their own career development. The researcher will be mentored by a Principal Investigator (PI). It is expected that a researcher would spend not more than 3 years at the Post Doctoral level, subject to the term of the project and would then be eligible to compete for a Senior Post Doctoral post advertised by the University.

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.

Key Project-specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Attend regular EU project meetings to report on technical implementation of project.
  • Report to the PI in relation to agreed project objectives and ensure the project is delivered on time and within budget.
  • Liaise closely with other project partners working on the project from other research groups, pan-European organisations and government bodies.
  • Contribute to periodic reporting, including management and impact, communication and dissemination activities etc.
  • Contribute and participate in project-related events, MaREI public engagement activities as well as external conferences, seminars and workshops.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will be expected to have: 

  • A PhD qualification in maritime spatial planning or parallel marine environmental management field.
  • Expertise in law and policy analysis and good understanding of EU legal and regulatory systems.
  • Experience in questionnaire survey design and analysis.
  • Understanding of, and interest in, EU and national political processes and institutions; especially in the areas of sustainability and marine environmental management.
  • 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 and well-developed ability to communicate technical concepts to non-experts.
  • A commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project.
  • Ability to work well within a team.


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.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Thursday, 22nd July 2022.

CVs and handwritten forms will not be accepted.

Late applications will not be accepted