Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher – CETUS Project

The Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher will be based between the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES), University College Cork, and the MaREI Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, and will work closely with state agencies (especially Inland Fisheries Ireland) and the angling community).

Project Title: CETUS Project – Cetacean, Elasmobranch, Turtle and Seabird distribution modelling platform supporting the sustainable development of offshore renewable energy

Post Duration: 3 years

Salary: €47,764 – €50,530 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Closing Date for Applications: 11 Mar 2022

The position will start on April 1st 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.

For an information package including further details of the post see here.


Marine renewable energy (MRE) will undergo a rapid expansion in Ireland over the next 30 years with fixed wind turbines in depths of less than 50 m the most likely technology to meet short to medium-term energy goals. Irish maritime waters are home to a rich diversity of megafauna (e.g., cetaceans, seabirds, and elasmobranchs) including populations of international importance.  Given the potential scale of developments, there is a need to understand impacts on sensitive marine species since uncertainty around MRE impacts on populations is likely to be a major impediment to consenting of offshore wind developments. The CETUS Project will collate data pertaining to megafauna and the wider foodweb from national institutes and agencies, into a database to support a comprehensive multi-species modelling approach to determine the environmental drivers of distributions, behaviours, and movement patterns (e.g., foraging hotspots, common migration patterns) of sensitive species and determine spatial and temporal overlap with existing and planned MRE installations. CETUS will also conduct targeted biotelemetry studies using satellite tagging equipment (elasmobranchs and seabirds), acoustic tagging equipment (elasmobranchs) and passive acoustic recorders (cetaceans) to close the identified knowledge gaps on selected at risk species.

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES)

The School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES) is one of the largest and most active academic units within the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science (SEFS) at University College Cork (UCC). It has a long history of teaching and research through its cognate disciplines of Zoology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Geoscience, and Plant Science. This history stretches back to the establishment of Natural Sciences, Geology, and Agriculture at the inception of our university in 1849 and soon thereafter. The school has over 70 postgraduate researchers (PhD, MSc and MRes) as well as 29 Academic Staff, 5 Administrative Staff and 11 Technical Staff. The school is research active, being one of the most successful Schools in UCC in terms of numbers of PhDs graduated and research grant income captured, resulting in productive research of international quality. BEES has been awarded 4 ERC awards and publishes in the top international journals including Nature and Science.


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