Research Vacancies

Research Fellow

Job Posted: 16 Jun 2017
Closing Date for Applications: 31 Jul 2017
Department: Environmental Research Institute (ERI)
School: School of Engineering
College: College of Science Engineering and Food Science
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: €52,716-€57,442 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Position Summary

The MaREI Centre is a key energy and marine research centre within UCC’s Environmental Research Institute (ERI) and has 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 Energy Policy and Modelling Group develops and uses advanced energy systems modelling techniques to explore low-carbon energy futures and associated technology opportunities across various scenarios of ambition, risk and cost. This research is used to inform short term and long term energy and climate policy decisions.

The research fellow will play a leading role in a team of researchers (post-doctoral and PhD candidates) with a focus on integrated energy system modelling. The ideal candidate will have relevant postdoctoral experience, a PhD and experience of supervision and collaboration. The fellow will have experience in all areas of the energy system including integrated energy systems modelling, and a developed understanding of the state of the art current research. The applicant must also display a detailed understanding of national and European energy and climate policy, including policy frameworks to 2030 and 2050. Technical modelling is central to this research and experience in existing integrated models such as TIMES and models such as PLEXOS® Integrated Energy Model is required. The applicant must display an understanding of energy systems interaction including water, gas, bioenergy, energy efficiency and electricity and previous experience in developing energy system models and sectoral models is desirable. Supervisory experience, leadership, stakeholder engagement experience and excellent communication skills will also be a strong required. The preferred candidate will have a comprehensive understanding of the current EU policy and energy landscape. The role will involve supporting the development of Ireland’s National Mitigation Plan to address Ireland’s targets through 2020 and following on to provide technical analytical support for the development of Ireland’s GHG emissions targets, associated mitigation measures, renewable energy, and energy efficiency measures for 2030 & 2050.  

The candidate will be based at the Lee Road Building of the Environmental Research Institute.

Post duration: 12 months

Salary: €52,716-€57,442 (IUA Salary Scale)

Project: DCCAE TRAM Analysis for National Mitigation Plan

Key Duties and Responsibilities

The Research Fellow title would be awarded to individuals who have personally secured their own independent external research funding inclusive of their salary following an open, transparent and competitive selection process by the research funding body or who have been appointed by the Higher Education Institution following an open competition. The Research Fellow would still be associated with a Principal Investigator who would act as their mentor and facilitate access to research infrastructure.

The role also allows the Research Fellow the professional development opportunity to demonstrate the capacity for independent and self-directed research and scholarship and the management of a research team. The role allows the Research Fellow to assemble a portfolio of independent achievement and render themselves competitive for tenured academic positions or senior scientific roles in industry.

The primary focus of the Research Fellow should include;

  • To manage and conduct a specific programme of research and scholarship.
  • To independently identify research objectives and potential funding sources and to prepare and write bids for funding proposals.
  • To have a strong track record in securing external funding, including own salary.
  • To disseminate the outcomes of the research, including peer-reviewed academic publications of international standing.
  • To take a leading role in the further development of the research programme and in seeking and pursuing appropriate external funding.
  • To participate fully in the wider research and scholarly activities of the Research Centre, School and College.
  • To have some teaching and mentoring duties.
  • To supervise post graduate research students as supervisor or co-supervisor, as appropriate.
  • To mentor and assist students and early-stage researchers in the research group, School and College.
  • To take responsibility for, manage and conduct administrative and management tasks associated with the research programme.
  • To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College.
  • To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.


  •  A PhD qualification and significant relevant research experience.
  •  The capacity to work independently on research projects.
  •  The ability to assess and evaluate concepts/theories in order to develop original solutions and particular knowledge of, and expertise in research methodologies.
  •  Track record of high quality peer reviewed publications.
  •  Experience in post graduate and Post-Doctoral supervision.
  •  Strong project management experience.
  •  Ability to provide leadership to small research teams.
  •  Ability to secure independent external research funding.
  •  Ability to contribute to broader organisational and management processes.
  •  Knowledge transfer and commercialisation experience is highly desirable.
  •  Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: Sean McAuliffe

Title: Research Support Officer, Energy Policy and Modelling

Email Address:

Telephone: +353 21 420 5263

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to Sean McAuliffe, Research Support Officer, Energy Policy & Modelling Group, Environmental Research Institute,, +353 21 420 5263, on or before the closing date July 31st 2017.

Supplementary Information on the Department/Research Centre and the post is available at the following URL:

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