Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Research

University College Cork


Post-Doctoral Researcher, MaREI Centre, Environmental Research Institute

12 Month, 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, Lee Road, Cork.

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.

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 modelling approaches comprising i) sectoral energy demand and efficiency, ii) electricity, gas and water modelling and iii) full energy systems modelling.

Research project

The research project, DRIFT-HDV, is funded by SEAI and is a joint partnership between researchers in UCC and Trinity College Dublin (TCD). DRIFT-HDV will improve Ireland’s national capacity to access and apply international and European RD&D methods to achieve decarbonisation in HDV fleet with the goal of Net Zero Emissions by 2050 (NZE2050). The project will provide guidance and support to policy makers and public bodies through results, outcomes and learning regarding electrification in the Irish Heavy-Duty Vehicles (HDV) fleet by utilising international and European best practices customised to Irish needs and market. DRIFT-HDV will support solutions to improve the alternative fuel uptake from renewable sources in Irish HDV fleet and provide guidelines to overcome technical and other barriers to the solutions through detailed evaluation of economic, social and environmental impacts, barriers to implementation as well as acceptability of solutions to practitioners.

Research Objectives

The main duties of the Post-Doctoral Researcher will be to investigate the potential of existing and projected HDV electrification technologies. The detailed objectives will be:
To investigate the technical and infrastructural feasibility of electrification of Irish HDV fleet
To carry out a cost-benefit analysis of electrification of Irish HDV fleet considering life-cycle of the technology
To calculate potential economic and environmental (air quality and noise) impact and sustainability of impacts of electrification of Irish HDV fleet
Project Title: SEAI DRIFT-HDV: DecaRbonisation Irish HDV FleeT

Post Duration: 12 Months

Salary: €39,522 - €46,906 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

For an information package including further details of the post see

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Ms Tara Reddington, Research Support Officer MaREI 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 Friday, 19 August 2022. 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.

UCC is committed to creating and fully embracing an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated. As a University we strive to create a workplace that reflects the diversity of our student population where people from a wide variety of backgrounds learn from one another, share ideas, and work collaboratively. UCC is committed to being an employer that recognises the value of diversity amongst its staff. We encourage applicants to consult our policies at and initiatives at and we welcome applications from everyone, including those who are underrepresented in the protected characteristics set out in our Equal Opportunities & Diversity Policy.


Contact Person : Ms Tara Reddington

Contact Email :

Job ID : 058692

Contact Number :

Close Date : 19-Aug-2022 12:00

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