Research Support Officer – WEDUSEA

UCC/MaREI wishes to recruit a dynamic person determined to make a tangible impact in the development of offshore renewable energy. The role offers a high degree of autonomy combined with responsibility for delivering key elements of full-scale deployment of a wave energy device. The successful candidate will lead the design, procurement commissioning and operation of the data acquisition system for the WEDUSEA project. The candidate should have significant and demonstrable experience in instrumentation and data acquisition design, commissioning and operation. The role includes liaising with other researchers in MaREI and the wider WEDUSEA consortium to undertake the tasks required for the project. The role is primarily based in Cork, but there may be opportunities for travel to other locations during the project, including Orkney, Scotland (European Marine Energy Centre), New Jersey (OHMSETT Wave Tank), Hawaii (US Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site), and mainland Europe.
Post Duration: 3 years
Salary: €54,000 p.a. (Personal Rate)
Project: WEDUSEA 
For an information package including further details of the post see  
Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr Michael O’Shea, ERI, MaREI, Tel: + 353 (0) 24864300; Email: ei.ccu@aehsoleahciM

Key Duties And Responsibilities

The successful candidates’ role will include:
  • Design of DAQ system and telemetry required for the OE Buoy.
  • Development of the data storage and archiving solution for the WEDUSEA project.
  • Liaison with project partners and UCC Researchers.
  • Management of procurement budget through UCC procurement office using public works tender process.
  • Completion of Technical Reporting, including project deliverables, design reports and procurement documentation.
  • Hands-on maintenance of DAQ system during testing, commission, deployment and decommissioning.
  • Travel to the deployment site (Scotland) to commission DAQ and other locations where required (fabrication location).
  • Preliminary analysis of field-collected data.
  • Development of SOPs, H&S and QMS plans for the DAQ and Telemetry systems
  • 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

Project background

The successful candidate will work in the award-winning Offshore Renewable Energy group in MaREI UCC on the €15 million Horizon Europe WEDUSEA project. WEDUSEA, led by Irish Wave Energy developer Ocean Energy, is a project demonstrating a grid-connected 1MW OE35 floating wave energy converter (known as the OE Buoy) at the European Marine Energy Test Site (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland. This rigorous technical and environmental demonstration will happen over a 2-year period in Atlantic wave conditions with outcomes directly impacting policy, technical standards, public perception and investor confidence. The project will demonstrate that the technology is on a cost reduction trajectory in line with the EU SET Plan targets and will be a stepping stone to larger commercial array scale-up and further industrialisation. The action will integrate sub-components such as moorings and PTOs – improving the technology’s efficiency, reliability, scalability, sustainability, and circularity. UCC’s role in the project is primarily on the design, procurement and operation of the data acquisition and telemetry system for the OE35. UCC also has a role in environmental monitoring and impact assessment, consenting and performance reliability analysis.


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

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 18 November 2022. 

No late applications will be accepted.