Research Support Officer – A-A Agora and TRYBE

We are seeking a Research Support Officer with relevant experience in stakeholder and community engagement on environmental and sustainability issues.  The successful candidate will initially work on the A-A Agora project, a Horizon Europe project focussing on restoration of marine and coastal ecosystems and increased climate resilience, and on TRYBE, a Science Foundation Ireland funded project co-developing education resources based on the recent Children and Young People’s Assembly on Biodiversity Loss.  The candidate will join an engaged research team in UCC and make a meaningful contribution to the direction and delivery of these exciting projects.
Post Duration: 40 months
Salary: €48,813 p.a. (Personal Rate)
Project: A-A Agora and TRYBE projects
For an information package including further details of the post see
Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Emma Verling, Research Fellow, MaREI Centre, Tel: + 353 (0) 21 4864333; Email: ei.ccu@gnilrev.amme.


Candidates should have strong engagement, communication and collaboration skills as well as proven expertise in working collaboratively with stakeholders to achieve joint goals.  Experience of engaged research and working pro-actively with community partners on climate resilience or Nature Based Solutions, and/or experience of co-design with stakeholders with would be highly desirable. The successful candidate will need to have significant project management experience to ensure project plans and timelines are adhered to and deliverables are met in a timely manner.  Experience of working on EU funded projects or of delivering high quality outputs in collaboration with other researchers and with stakeholders would be of great benefit, as would experience of working with diverse transdisciplinary teams including external actors.  The appointee may be requested to contribute to the development of new research efforts, grant proposals, projects and publications in the engaged research space. 

Key Duties And Responsibilities

  • To provide project co-ordination on the TRYBE project and on elements of the A-A Agora project, including project planning, tracking, and reporting.
  • To deliver high quality outputs in collaboration with other researchers and with the A-A Agora project consortium and the TRYBE project team.
  • To engage with community partners on the key issues of the A-A Agora project, including enhancement of ecosystem services, habitat restoration and climate resilience.
  • To engage with research partners, young people, teachers and communication specialists on the co-deign educational resources in the TRYBE project.
  • To provide specific research skills to support the on-going development of the research team and to contribute to the transfer of knowledge in the specific research area.
  • To undertake research under the direction of a Principal Investigator or Head of Research Centre.
  • To provide support in a specific area of expertise, including the use, maintenance and management of research, including equipment.
  • To perform a variety of technical duties supporting the research project or programme, as required.
  • To draw up detailed technical specifications as required.
  • To support research project activities.
  • To oversee installation of equipment, where required.
  • To assist in setting up and maintenance of equipment, where required.
  • To assist PI’s and researchers in performing lab work, where required.
  • To coordinate lab activity to support the research area/project where required.
  • To develop contacts to acquire knowledge and understanding of the research project and research related work.
  • To facilitate collaboration by liaising with other research groups within UCC and externally including industry projects.
  • To develop and maintain a good working relationship with service departments in UCC.
  • To co-ordinate day-to-day work to support the research project.
  • To liaise with the Principal Investigator(s) and colleagues on matters relating to the research.
  • To develop knowledge and understanding of the research project and research related work.
  • To ensure compliance with Health and Safety procedures.
  • To perform other duties related to the work described herein.

Selection Criteria

  • A graduate qualification in a field or discipline relevant to the area of investigation i.e. BSc, MSc of PhD.
  • At least 5 years’ proven experience of carrying out research and/or engagement work in the relevant research area.
  • Strong project management/coordination experience including monitoring of project deliverables, timelines and budget.
  • Ability to interact with stakeholders from a range of disciplines and experience of working in multi-partner research projects.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience of working with community partners to achieve shared goals.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience of working on ecosystem services, climate resilience, habitat restoration or biodiversity would be an advantage, particularly experience of co-creation in that space.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent report writing and presentation skills.
  • Capability of working effectively within a team to achieve results.
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills.
  • High level of initiative.
  • High level of initiative.


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 Friday, 6 January 2023 CVs and handwritten forms will not be accepted.

Late applications will not be accepted.