ESB Senior Lecturer in Clean Energy Futures


University College Cork is proud of the leadership it provides nationally and internationally in environmental sustainability. UCC is the only Irish university in the top ten universities in the world in international sustainability rankings, and the only Irish university with official observer membership of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. UCC has developed a very strong student led, research informed and practice focussed green campus over the past fifteen years, becoming in 2010 the first university in the world to receive a green flag.

UCC’s School of Engineering and Architecture is a research leader internationally in the area of sustainable energy research and education. The School’s academic staff provide leadership within the International Energy Agency’s Technology Collaboration Programmes on energy systems modelling and on biogas and in European research projects on offshore renewable energy. The School provides research leadership and direction to 230 researchers nationally within MaREI, the €66 million Science Foundation Ireland research centre for energy climate and marine, and leads the sustainable energy research within UCC’s flagship Environment Research Institute at UCC, which aligns and supports the research of more than 400 scholars. The School also leads the cross-university €4M HCI Sustainable Futures initiative which is developing a suite of educational and training courses to empower businesses to not only meet legal requirements in transitioning to a low-carbon future, but to develop new opportunities for Irish business.

The School is therefore particularly pleased to announce as a further commitment to climate action, the establishment of the ESB Senior Lectureship in Clean Energy Futures. This new academic post, made possible by the generous support of ESB, will lead the School’s efforts to prepare the leaders of tomorrow who will accelerate Ireland’s, Europe’s and the world’s transition to a zero carbon clean energy future, with a particular focus on the critical role of electricity, through deep decarbonisation of the electricity system, together with the electrification of heat and transport. This position supported by ESB, who the energy company taking a leadership role in Ireland achieving a net zero emissions future, and aligns with ESB’s strategy ‘Driven to Make a Difference: Net Zero by 2040.’ This ESB Senior Lecturer in Clean Energy Futures will be a global thought leader of international repute who will bring prestige not only to the School, MaREI and the ERI, but also to ESB, already a recognised leader in sustainability in the energy sector in Ireland.

Candidates with a proven track record of research on the role of electricity in combatting climate change, as evidenced by a body of high quality publications coupled with a record of 2 demonstrated achievement in impactful communication, thought leadership and successful executive coaching for energy industry leaders are invited to apply. Of particular interest are candidates developing models of the electricity systems in Ireland, the EU and the world, and using these models to investigate deep decarbonisation of energy systems, the interactions between policy, engineering and society, and the opportunities and challenges associated with emerging clean energy technologies (including hydrogen).

The ESB Senior Lecturer in Clean Energy Futures will develop and lead a clean energy futures research team within UCC and develop new multi-disciplinary teaching programmes in advanced clean energy engineering. The successful candidate will provide thought leadership in Ireland, will coach senior executives in ESB and more broadly within the energy industry in Ireland. The senior lecturer will mobilise and maximise new collaborations within UCC, particularly with academics in the Environmental Research Institute, nationally through the SFI MaREI Centre, and internationally through EU research projects, collaborations with the International Energy Agency, and the World Energy Council, building on the University’s leadership position in education and training for sustainability.

Duties of the Post

Teaching and Examining | ResearchContributions

In accordance with the University’s strategic objective as a research led institution, the duties of all academic staff will include research, research-led teaching and contributions to the university, the discipline and the community. The academic staff member shall teach and examine, undertake administrative duties and carry out other duties appropriate to the post under the general direction of the Head of the School of Engineering and Architecture.

The roles and responsibilities outlined below are to be interpreted in the context of the relevant Statutes and where there is any difference arising from interpretation, that statutory provisions take precedent. For the sake of clarity, the relevant elements of the statutes not already incorporated in the numbered sections are appended in italics under each subheading.

Teaching and Examining

  1. Demonstrate excellence in research-led teaching and learning in clean energy futures and apply innovative teaching and learning methodologies within the School of Engineering and Architecture and within other academic units in the University, as appropriate;
  2. Teach and examine on courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level and, where, appropriate adult and continuing education courses;
  3. Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students;
  4. Contribute to and take a leadership role, where appropriate, in the regular evaluation of curricula with reference to content, delivery and assessment and the development of new curricular initiatives;
  5. Perform an active role in the maintenance of academic standards in the development of the curriculum within his/her discipline;
  6. Explore and develop executive coaching opportunities for energy industry senior management in Ireland;
  7. Contribute to the development of postgraduate studies at UCC;
  • to give the students attending his/her ordinary lectures assistance in their studies, by advice, by informal instruction, by occasional and periodic examination, and otherwise, as s/he may judge to be expedient;
  • also, to make such arrangements as s/he sees fit to make to meet students who have individual queries;
  • to give instruction to his/her students and assist them in the pursuit of knowledge; to hold, or assist at, all University examinations in the subjects with which s/he is an examiner;


  1. Engage in productive research and scholarship in clean energy futures and contribute to the advancement of knowledge, participate in research activities and publish the research in appropriate peer-reviewed publications, creative works or other forms of scholarship appropriate to the discipline;
  2. Develop and lead research activity on the role of electricity and hydrogen in decarbonising energy systems and pathways for Ireland’s power system to achieve net zero CO2 emissions by 2040;
  3. Supervise students undertaking research projects (especially at PhD level);
  4. Undertake initiatives in generating research income as appropriate to the discipline;
  5. Engage in other scholarly activities relevant to the discipline.


  1. Contribute thought leadership as an independent authoritative leading voice in decarbonisation in Ireland and internationally, to policy development, to industry strategic planning and to societal change;
  2. Establish an annual ESB/UCC Lecture on Clean Energy Systems
  3. Contribute to the administrative duties of energy engineering and the academic life of the University;
  4. Participate as a member of such committees as may be required within the academic unit and by the University;
  5. Mentor and advise newly appointed and junior academic staff;
  6. Develop links with professional bodies and external agencies where appropriate;
  7. Serve if required as head of one of the College’s academic units subject to relevant University regulations, statutes or management requirements;
  8. Promote the discipline both inside and outside the University and contribute to the overall intellectual life of the University and society;
  9. Carry out other duties appropriate to the post as may be assigned by the head of discipline/department/school.
  • to carry out administrative and other appropriate duties lawfully allocated to them within their department or other academic unit;
  • if a member of the Academic Council, to attend its meetings;
  • to serve upon all the committees to which s/he may be appointed by the Governing Body or the Academic Council, and to assist and co-operate with the Governing Body in such other reasonable ways as the Governing Body may prescribe, for the maintenance of discipline and good conduct among the students, or for the general business of the University;

The above listing is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake duties as can reasonably be expected. All staff are required to be flexible, co-operative and professional within the needs of the post and the Discipline/Department/School, College and University. The University is undertaking a major reform of its internal structures which may necessitate possible future changes in the organisation of its activities.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will be expected to have:

Qualifications | Teaching and Examining | Research | ContributionsOther


  1. A doctorate (PhD) in engineering and a significant record of research and publication in electricity systems modelling (Essential)

Teaching and Examining

  1. Evidence of a commitment to excellence in research-led teaching in electricity systems modelling (Essential)
  2. The ability to teach, inspire and supervise students, communicate ideas and concepts in a teaching and learning environment and where the opportunity has existed, to undertake postgraduate supervision to doctorate level (Essential)
  3. Evidence of experience in lecturing, examining and supporting students across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes both in and outside the area of research specialisation (Essential)
  4. Evidence of a significant contribution to innovation in the area of teaching and examining, curriculum design, review and development (Desirable)
  5. A familiarity with and willingness to use modern teaching technologies (Desirable)


  1. A record of successful achievement and international recognition through research and scholarly activity in developing models of the electricity systems in Ireland, the EU and the world, and using these models to investigate deep decarbonisation of energy systems (Essential)
  2. Evidence of consistent and continuing output of clean energy futures research in peer reviewed publications or equivalent outputs in clean energy systems (Essential)
  3. Evidence of active engagement in research and scholarly activities in clean energy futures including research supervision, examining and peer reviewing journal papers(Essential)
  4. Experience of leadership or leadership potential in the area of research on the role of electricity in combatting climate change, in addition to research grant applications, success in achieving competitive research grants or other sources of funding and the ability and willingness to collaborate with colleagues on research projects (Essential)


  1. Evidence of participation in relevant academic and professional associations/ bodies (Desirable)
  2. Proven administrative experience or evidence of ability to undertake academic administrative responsibility within the Discipline/Department / School/College at a high level (Desirable)
  3. The ability to participate in and contribute to the overall intellectual life of the University, and to thought leadership within the energy industry and society at large (Essential)
  4. An ability and willingness to support mentor and advise junior staff, including post-doctorates (Essential)


  1. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and engagement with external stakeholders (including the media) commensurate with working alongside a team of committed academic and administrative colleagues together with the demonstrated ability and willingness to work in a collaborative environment (Essential)
  2. An understanding of, and empathy with, the concerns of students (Essential)
  3. Evidence of ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team (Essential)
  4. A commitment to the long term development of UCC’s research and thought leadership in sustainability and clean energy futures (Essential)
  5. Evidence of leadership potential (Essential)

Applications for this post

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