Research Fellow – CAPACITY

Would you like to work with a world-leading research group on a project directly contributing to the development of Ireland’s future climate and energy policy? Applications are invited for the post of Research Fellow 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 and support the evidence base for Irish climate and energy policy, working directly with the Irish Department of Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) through the Climate Action Pathways & Absorptive Capacity (CAPACITY) project.

Post Duration: 4 years
Salary: €60,412 – €65,828 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale) 
Project Title: CAPACITY 
For an information package including further details of the post see  
Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor Hannah Daly, MaREI, Email: ei.ccu@ylad.h.

Role of the Researcher

The Research Fellow will play an integral role in the CAPACITY project and in the Energy Policy and Modelling Group by coordinating the development of the TIMES-Ireland Model (TIM), an energy systems optimization model which plots pathways for the national energy system to meet challenging climate mitigation targets in the period to 2030 and 2050. The model has been developed at UCC for a decade and has been used extensively for academic research and for supporting national policy development, and played an underpinning role in the evidence base for Ireland’s carbon budgets. The researcher will build on these foundations, working with academics, other researchers and PhD students in the Energy Policy and Modelling Group to design and implement updates and develop energy system studies. The researcher will also regularly engage with civil servants and policymakers in DECC and other stakeholders to communicate results and solicit feedback on studies.
In addition to the criteria included in the Candidate Information Pack, the ideal candidate should have:
  • A strong track record of energy systems optimization modelling (experience of the TIMES framework is strongly preferred);
  • A proficiency and appetite for quantifying energy systems pathways to inform climate policy;
  • Experience in best-practice software management, including Git and open-source protocol;
  • A broad understanding of the energy system (including energy demand and supply sectors) and its interactions, including knowledge of including issues around energy system sustainability, equity and energy security,
  • The candidate should be a skilled communicator with experience in policy analysis. Supervisory skills, leadership potential, stakeholder engagement experience and having raised and managed research funds will also be an advantage. The ideal candidate would 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 Ellen Hutchins Building, at the 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.  


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.  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 Marine Renewable Energy Technologies, Materials & Structures, Observations & Operations, Coastal & Marine Systems, Bioenergy, Circular Economy, Energy Policy & Modelling, and Renewable Energy Management. 


The Climate Action Pathways & Absorptive Capacity (CAPACITY) project is funded by the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC). The objectives of the project are to i) develop and maintain a suite of energy system models to contribute to the evidence base for Irish climate and energy policy and ii) to support absorptive capacity building across relevant government departments, agencies and semi-state bodies. The CAPACITY project combines technical modelling expertise with engagement and capacity building activities in a unique way. It provides an opportunity for motivated and ambitious researchers to see their research make a difference in the policy domain. UCC and the CAPACITY project are members of the Climate Action Modelling Group (CAMG) within the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications. CAMG was established in 2015 to support the development of short-term and long-term evidence-based climate and energy policy in Ireland. The CAMG is a high-level technical group comprised of experts from a cross-section of relevant Government Departments and State Agencies as well as representation from academic institutions, including UCC.

Research Group

MaREI’s Energy Policy and Modelling Group (EPMG) in UCC has been engaged in energy policy and energy modelling research for over 20 years. The results of this research have been published in journal papers, conference proceedings and reports which have directly informed the development of national and European energy and climate mitigation policy. EPMG are very engaged in disseminating research findings and have won research awards for impact, engagement, and communications of research findings. 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 Energy Engineering; Chair of the Executive Committee of the IEA Technology Collaboration Programme on energy systems modelling (IEA-ETSAP)), Professor Hannah Daly (Professor of Sustainable Energy), Dr Paul Deane (Senior Research Fellow in Energy Futures) and Dr Fionn Rogan (Senior Research Fellow in Energy Systems Modelling).  

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 16 June 2023.  
No late applications will be accepted.
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CAPACITY (Climate Action Pathways & Absorptive Capacity)

The CAPACITY project will further develop and update tools to facilitate insights and robust decision making about the appropriate long-term decarbonisation pathway for Ireland.

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