Post-Doctoral Researcher/Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher – AUTONOMY

Project Title: AUTONOMY
Post Duration: 2.5 years
Salary:  Post-Doctoral Researcher: €42,781 – €49,177 p.a. (IUA PD1 Salary Scale), Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher: €50,540 – €54,966 p.a. (IUA PD2 Salary Scale)
For an information package including further details of the post see  
Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr. Barry Hayes, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Electrical Power Systems, School of Engineering and Architecture, University College Cork; Email: ei.ccu@seyah.yrrab
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.

Role of the Researcher

Applications are invited for the post of Post-Doctoral Researcher/Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher in power systems engineering to join an ambitious new research project called AUTONOMY, hosted at University College Cork, Ireland. The AUTONOMY project has recently secured more than €1M in funding from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and will be supported by the MaREI SFI Research Centre ( and its industry and community partners.
The AUTONOMY project aims to design, develop, and demonstrate the first fully-autonomous community energy management system. Inspired by recent advances in artificial intelligence, AUTONOMY will create new tools to manage electrical energy resources at the local level and maximise the economic benefits for individuals and communities when interacting with the energy markets. AUTONOMY will pioneer a novel transfer learning approach to exchange expert knowledge amongst energy manager agents in different communities across the grid, as part of a wider strategy to decentralise grid energy balancing and coordinate multiple energy resources at the local level. 

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in power systems engineering or a related discipline, and will have experience of modelling power systems using industry-standard software tools. The candidate should have a track record of research excellence and should have existing publications (or be able to demonstrate the ability to publish) in the top international journals in the field, including IEEE PES Transactions. Experience of carrying out research projects in collaboration with industry partners would also be an advantage.
Working location:  The successful applicant will be based at the historic main campus of University College Cork (, located a short walking distance from the centre of Cork city. UCC is a welcoming, diverse, and modern workplace, and is one of the world’s most sustainable Universities, holding a top ten place in the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings since 2010. 


The MaREI Centre of Energy, Climate and Marine is the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) centre of excellence in Energy, Climate and Marine research in Ireland.  The MaREI Centre includes 13 Universities, Third Level Institutes and Research Organisations, has 103 industrial partners and has 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 energy, climate, and marine domains. 

Further Information

The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr. Barry Hayes, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Power Systems Engineering and a Funded Investigator in the MaREI Centre at UCC. The successful candidate will join a vibrant and international MaREI research community of more than 220 multi-disciplinary researchers and will take full part in MaREI Centre events including industry and research seminars, the MaREI Annual Symposium, as well as outreach and public engagement activities. The Post-Doctoral Researcher/Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher contract will be for 2.5 years, with the possibility of extension beyond this period.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Thursday, 29th February 2024.
No late applications will be accepted.