Post-Doctoral Researcher in Engineering
University College Cork, School of Engineering

Post-Doctoral Researcher, School of Engineering / MaREI Centre, Environmental Research Institute
12 Month, Fixed-Term, Whole-time Post


Position summary

Applications are invited for the post of Post-Doctoral Researcher in Energy Policy and Modelling to join the MaREI Centre in University College Cork (UCC), based at the Environmental Research Institute (ERI), Lee Rd, Cork, Ireland. This researcher will focus on modelling and policy analysis in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland’s freight sector.


MaREI is a key research centre within UCC’s 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 in UCC. The MaREI Centre includes 12 Universities, Third Level Institutes and research organisations, has 50 industrial partners and has research funding of approximately €55m. 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 energy, climate and marine sectors. MaREI is also funded by SEAI, EI, EPA, ERDF, EU, HEA and IRCSET, 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 Energy Management.


Research Group
MaREI ( is the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine. MaREI’s Energy Policy and Modelling Group (EPMG) in UCC has been engaged in energy policy and energy modelling research for 20 years. The results of this research have been published in journal papers, conference proceedings and reports and have directly informed the development of national energy and climate mitigation policy. The focus of research in the Energy Policy and Modelling Group is on integrated energy systems modelling comprising i) sectoral energy demand and efficiency, ii) integrated electricity, gas and water modelling and iii) full energy systems modelling. EPMG is led by Prof. Brian Ó Gallachóir, Chair of the Executive Committee of the IEA Technology Collaboration Programme on energy systems modelling (IEA-ETSAP).


Role of the Post-Doctoral Researcher
The Post-Doctoral Researcher should possess a doctorate in engineering, science, or economics. The applicant must display an understanding of energy systems interaction including heat, transport and electricity sectors. The applicant should also display a good understanding of national (Irish) and European energy and climate policy, including policy frameworks to 2030 and 2050 and the implications for freight transport. Stakeholder engagement experience (particularly with policy-makers), leadership potential, and excellent communication skills will also be a strong advantage. The ideal candidate will have a PhD and experience of peer reviewed journal publication.


Post Duration: 12 Months


Salary: €37,873 - €45,041 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)


For an information package including further details of the post see


Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Prof. Brian Ó Gallachóir, Professor of Energy Engineering. Email Address: Telephone: +353 (0)21 490 1954.


Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title and project name.


Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 13th December 2019. No late applications will be accepted.




Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.


Contact Person : Prof. Brian Ó Gallachóir

Contact Email :

Job ID : 039074

Contact Number : +353 (0)21 490 1954

Close Date : 13-Dec-2019 12:00

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