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Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher / Post-Doctoral Researcher

University College Cork
Cork, Country: Ireland
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1 Year, Fixed-Term, Whole-time Post

Please note that this position can be filled at senior post-doctoral or post-doctoral level, depending on qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

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Institutional Background

Applications are invited for the post of Senior Post-Doctoral / Post-Doctoral Researcher in Climate Change Adaptation and Planning 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 marine and renewable energy 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.


This position provides the opportunity to join an exciting multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers in Ireland’s Centre for climate, energy and marine research. The candidate will undertake research focussed on the EPA-funded project Transboundary Adaptation Learning Exchange (TalX). The objective of the project is to establish an innovative, collaborative learning network to develop transferable skills and enable solutions for adaptation while exploring best practice in terms of the structures and processes which empower national, sectoral and local decision makers to address the objectives of climate adaptation policy (e.g. Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act, 2015; NAF, 2018). This innovative learning network will be employed to develop recommendations for the continuous improvement of national, local and sectoral adaptation policy. Five case study jurisdictions (Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England) will participate in the network, all of which are subject to a similar climate impact profile but at different stages of maturity in adaptation planning and implementation.

The successful candidate will be expected to take a leading / contributing role in research activities and in collaboration with project partners (ClimateNI and Adaptation Scotland) conduct a in-depth scientific review of international best practice in adaptation policy development and assessing the governance processes which support the development of effective initiation and implementation of adaptation policy at national and sub-national levels. An additional best practice review of institutional competence and maturity for adaptation planning will also be undertaken to develop a best practice competence and maturity model in order to assess the competence level of institutions to deliver effective adaptation in each of the case study regions.

It is essential that the project contributes to start-of-the-art knowledge and as such the successful candidate will be expected to utilise research outcomes to develop peer-reviewed academic papers on the process and learning outcomes from the network and to present and contribute to the proceedings of one national and one international conference. These are dedicated tasks under the Communication and Dissemination Workpackage of the Project and have been allocated dedicated resource and funding to underpin and ensure their delivery.

Project Title: Transboundary Adaptation learning Exchange (TalX)

Post Duration: 1 year

Salary: Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher: €46,337 - €49,048 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Post-Doctoral Researcher: €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 Dr Barry O’Dwyer, Research Lead, Impacts and Adaptation Group; 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 Tuesday, 9th June .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.

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Close Date :
09-Jun-2020 12:00
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