Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher – NaturSea-PV (HE) and FORWARD2030 (H2020)

Applications are invited for the post of a Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher to join the SFI MaREI Centre, ERI in University College Cork (UCC) to work on the planning and environmental aspects of two innovative technology projects.
The EU funded FORWARD2030 project on Fast-tracking Offshore Renewable energy With Advanced Research to Deploy 2030 MW of tidal energy before 2030 has the aim of accelerating the commercial deployment of floating tidal energy. One of the objectives of the project is to enhance environmental and societal acceptance, hence the role of the Senior Post-doctoral Researcher will be to provide an evidence case to policy makers involved in Maritime Spatial Planning and assist them in planning the rollout of floating tidal stream energy, both in Scotland and the EU. This will necessitate a thorough understanding of the technology in terms of its environmental impacts but also an exploration of if and how this technology might co-exist with other marine uses/users such as shipping and navigation, fisheries etc., and what spatial requirements would work best for multiple users and activities.
The second project, NaturSea-PV, is on novel Eco-Cementitious materials and components for durable, competitive and bio-inspired Offshore Floating Photo-Voltaic (PV) substructures. The strategic objective of NaturSea-PV is to improve the overall lifetime, reliability and maintainability of marine substructures for offshore floating PV, to reduce degradation and failure rates, and thus investment risk and Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE). The UCC contribution will be on the environmental, social and economic considerations. Work to be conducted will scope out the potential planning and regulatory, environmental, and social issues associated with large-scale roll-out of Floating PV installations. Specifically the successful candidate will be responsible for authoring a planning and regulatory assessment report, a scoping document on environmental effects of floating PV, and coordinating participants involved in the social perception and LCOE assessment tasks respectively. In addition the Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher, will be expected to contribute to the dissemination and communication of findings from both projects and day-to-day project management.
Post Duration: 48 months
Salary: €46,906 p.a. – €51,035 p.a.(IUA Salary Scale)
Project Title: NaturSea-PV (HE) and FORWARD2030 (H2020)
Closing Date: 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 2 September 2022
For an information package including further details of the post see here.
Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr Anne Marie O’Hagan, Senior Research Fellow: Coastal & Marine Governance, MaREI Centre, Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork. Email: ei.ccu@nagaho.a

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • To conduct and lead a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • To secure competitive research funding for research proposals.
  • To engage in appropriate and professional development opportunities as required by your Principal Investigator, School or College.
  • To assume a role in the design as well as the execution of research, contributing significantly to the development of research proposals and funding successes.
  • To support the Principal Investigator and research group in the design and development of a research programme.
  • To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research, as directed by and with the support of and under the supervision of the Principal Investigator.
  • To engage in the wider research activities of the Research Group, School or College.
  • To interact closely with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD and have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with the supervisor or supervision team.
  • To conduct administrative and management work associated with the research project.
  • To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • To engage in costing research grant proposals and take on financial management of projects.

Key Project-specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Attend regular EU project meetings to report on technical implementation of project.
  • Report to the PI in relation to agreed project objectives and ensure the project is delivered on time and within budget.
  • Liaise closely with other project partners working on the project from other research groups, pan-European organisations and government bodies.
  • Competence in understanding technical concepts and conveying these to nontechnical audiences both verbally and through scientific writing.
  • Contribute to periodic reporting, including management and impact, communication and dissemination activities etc.
  • Contribute and participate in project-related events, MaREI public engagement activities as well as external conferences, seminars and workshops.

Selection Criteria

  • A PhD qualification in marine / environmental science, geography or related discipline.
  • A comprehensive understanding of relevant legislation including EU legislation such as the Habitats Directive, EIA Directive etc. and their application in the marine environment and infrastructural development.
  • Extensive competence and experience in the research area as well as a good knowledge of offshore energy technologies.
  • Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment including use of GIS.
  • Supervisory skills.
  • Leadership potential.
  • Experience of applying for and securing funding.


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, 2 September 2022.

CVs and handwritten forms will not be accepted.

Late applications will not be accepted.

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