Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher – MaREI Mission Ocean & LIFE Projects

Applications are invited for a Senior Postdoctoral Research position in the MaREI Centre in University College Cork (UCC), based at Environmental Research Institute’s Beaufort Building in Ringaskiddy.
Project Title: MaREI Mission Ocean & LIFE Projects
Post Duration: Anticipated Duration 16 Months, Fixed-Term, Whole-Time Post
Salary: €51,677 – €56,203 p.a. (IUA PD2 Salary Scale)
For an information package including further details of the post see
Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Aoife Deane, Public Engagement Manager, MaREI Centre, ERI, UCC.
Tel: + 353 086 8906731; Email: aoife.deane@ucc.
Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to ei.ccu@tnemtiurcer, quoting the job-title and project name.

Position Summary

Applications are invited for a Senior Postdoctoral Research position in the MaREI Centre in University College Cork (UCC), based at Environmental Research Institute’s Beaufort Building in Ringaskiddy. MaREI is the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine, coordinated by 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.
We are seeking a Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher with experience in engaged research, stakeholder engagement and co-creation in sustainable development and marine sciences.  This role provides the opportunity to join a progressive transdisciplinary team of researchers in MaREI to deliver an innovative programme of engaged research supporting societal engagement in marine science and conservation, and sustainability more broadly.  The candidate should have relevant experience in engaged or transdisciplinary research in sustainability sciences and/or the marine sector, and experience in research and initiatives which empower citizens, enable co-creation of knowledge, and support citizen participation.  They should have demonstrable experience in qualitative research methods such as focus groups, interviews, participant observation and other methods which draw on the lived experience.  Experience of SSH or arts-based approaches will be a distinct advantage.  Candidates should have a track record in working in project-based environments, and be familiar with the European funding landscape. They will be self-motivated with ability to conduct independent research to a very high level, and will be expected to contribute to the development of new research efforts, grants, and publications. The appointee will also have significant project management or coordination experience with demonstrable experience of leading projects or work packages with diverse partners and external actors.  The candidate should also be able to demonstrate their experience and success in writing funding proposals, securing funding, meeting deliverables, publishing in relevant fields, and disseminating and communicating research activities and outputs.
The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to and lead new funding proposals, and to contribute to the supervision and mentorship of students and early career researchers. 


The role will include: collaborating with European partners and stakeholders seeking to empower citizens and communities to engage in Mission Ocean; capacity building on enabling citizen action; applying new methods for co-design and co-creation with citizens and stakeholders; and collation of appropriate evaluation and impact assessment tools to enable critical appraisal of approaches. The successful candidate will contribute to research on a number of EU projects funded under Horizon Europe Mission Ocean, Seas & Waters, and the EU Missions relating to Climate.  Projects will include;
  • TIDAL ArtS (Transforming anD inspiring Aquatic Landscapes through Art and Sciences), a new project focussing on the development of community engagement and co-creation strategies facilitating a deep connection between groups of artists, citizens and scientists;
  • Blue Mission AA, a coordination hub to support the Mission implementation in the Atlantic and Arctic Basin, focussing on citizen engagement and knowledge transfer to restore marine and coastal ecosystems and biodiversity for increased climate resilience. 
  • PREP4BLUE, a Coordination and Support Action which aims to support the Mission’s “development and piloting” phase by  developing citizen participation and action methodologies to deepen citizen engagement, leveraging democratic innovations and co-creation approaches.
Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 21st of June, 2024
No late applications will be accepted.