Postdoctoral Research Position at NUI Galway

Vacancy: Postdoctoral Research Position at NUI Galway – Understanding Climate Impacts on Coasts and Water Infrastructure

Project Description:

This is an exciting opportunity to work on two climate impact-related projects as follows:

Development of a shoreline monitoring system in Brandon Bay, Ireland.

This project aims to establish, test, and validate a low-cost shoreline monitoring system using fixed, time-lapse cameras at a test site -Brandon Bay, Co. Kerry. Images will be captured at high frequency (every 10 mins) and analysed to determine wave run-up and shoreline elevation changes. The monitoring will be supplemented by shoreline surveys before and after high intensity storm events. Images will be stored and analysed using GIS. The research is funded by Geological Survey Ireland.

Investigation of Climate Impacts on Wastewater Infrastructure

This project aims to analyse the impacts of rainfall, urban development, and climate change on wastewater infrastructure. It will require the analysis of land use and landcover in selected urban areas and regional climate model data. This position is part of the wider ESIPP programme. 

Duration and expected start date: Starting February 2021. The project duration will be 8-10 months depending on the level of the appointment. This is a full-time position with the candidate spending 2.5 days per week on each project Remote working is likely for the duration of the post.

Salary Details: Dependent on candidate qualifications and level of appointment. Salary will be in line with NUI Galway postdoctoral salary scales.


The candidate should have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, with at least a 2.1 or equivalent, in a related discipline (e.g. Civil Engineering / Geography). A PhD in these related disciplines is essential. Proven experience with GIS software such as ArcGIS or QGIS and geospatial data management and analysis is required. Fieldwork and surveying experience is also desirable. The candidate shall have excellent communication skills, including the ability to write concise, readable reports and journal/conference papers and interact with other researchers and members of the public. A full clean driving license valid in the Republic of Ireland is also required.

How to apply:

Please send a letter of introduction and a current CV, indicating your experience and including the names of two referees, via email to Dr Stephen Nash ei.yawlagiun@hsan.nehpets . In the subject title of the email please put Postdoc Climate Impacts followed by your surname.

Deadline for applications: Friday 29th January 2021.