Post Doctoral Researcher in Earth Sciences

University College Cork


Post-Doctoral Researcher, MaREI Centre / Environmental Research Institute

1 Year, Fixed-Term, Whole-time Post

Position summary

Applications are invited for the post of Post-Doctoral Researcher to join the MaREI Centre in University College Cork (UCC), based at Environmental Research Institute’s Beaufort Building in Ringaskiddy.
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 11 other Universities and Third Level Institutes from across Ireland, has 50 industrial partners and has 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.

Project background

Selkie is an Ireland-Wales INTERREG operation funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. Ireland-Wales INTERREG operations are administered by Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO). Selkie is a 3.5-year project that commenced in June 2019 and has six partners with UCC coordinating the project and leading in a number of work packages.

The aims of the Selkie project are:

Establish a cross-border network of Ocean Energy SMEs and supply chain companies;
Conduct industry-academic collaborative R&D projects;
Transfer R&D knowledge to wave and tidal industry/SME stakeholders, thereby advancing the technology sector as whole;
Assist Irish and Welsh SMEs to progress along the path to commercialisation.


To assist businesses in the marine energy industry, the SELKIE project needs to obtain a better understanding of the innovation activities, knowledge sourcing activities, networks, resources and performance of firms in the sector. The Post-Doctoral Researcher will administer a detailed survey to a large sample of businesses in the marine energy industry and will collect information on the business enterprise, their innovation and networking activities and their business operating environment. In the SELKIE case, the survey will be specifically targeted at understanding firms in the marine energy industry in Ireland and the UK (Wales). The data will provide a wealth of information on how the industry is operating and evolving and highlight the key barriers, challenges and economic opportunities for the sector. The first six months will be data gathering and then a number of research outputs will be completed including the compilation of the dataset, a data statistical descriptive report/research article and a presentation of the principle data patterns to the SELKIE board. After a six-month period in the position, the Post-Doctoral Researcher will be assisted by a Masters student. The successful candidate will work under the guidance and support of a research team in the Spatial and Regional Economics Research Centre, UCC.

Project Title: Selkie

Post Duration: 1 year

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 Mr.TJ Horgan, SELKIE Project Manager, MaREI, Ringaskiddy. Tel: + 353 (0) 21 4864314. Email:

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 Thursday, 13th February 2020. 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 : Mr. TJ Horgan Contact Email :
Job ID : 039552 Contact Number : +353 (0)21 4864314
Close Date : 13-Feb-2020 12:00


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