Post-Doctoral Researcher / Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Geography and MaREI Centre

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    University College Cork
    Environmental science
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
    05/03/2020 12:00 - Europe/London
    Ireland › Cork

39 Months, Fixed-term, Whole-time Post

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

Position summary

This is a research role working on a 39 month project funded by the European Regional Development Fund (INTERREG under the Ireland-Wales Co-operation Programme 2014-2020 Priority Axis 2: Adaptation of the Irish Sea and Coastal Communities to Climate Change) called ECHOES – Effects of Climate Change on Birds around the Irish Sea. The appointed researcher will lead two central work packages within the ECHOES project, namely the creation of habitat maps from Earth Observation imagery, and the integration of these maps with other information (e.g. projected climate information) to predict those areas vulnerable to climate changes that will impact on coastal bird populations. The position will involve liaising regularly with partners in other Irish and Welsh institutions to ensure coherency of the outputs generated from the other work packages that will input to the climate projections. Some field work will be necessary in the early stages, as will attendance at meetings in Wales and Ireland.

The ECHOES project is a 40 month project which commenced in December 2019 and aims:

• To promote climate change awareness, adaptation, risk prevention and management and in doing so, to stimulate and encourage environmental citizenship;

• Increase the evidence-base for the protection of these coastal areas and the decision-making and strategies required to manage them effectively for future generations;

• To increase knowledge of climate change adaptation for the Irish sea and coastal communities based on lessons learned through detailed study of Greenland White-fronted geese and Curlew;

• To provide an online platform and tools to assist policy-makers, managers and users of these coastal environments to better plan for, adapt to and manage the potential impacts of climate change; and

• To achieve the result indicator of increasing levels of knowledge of adaptation to climate change amongst communities and stakeholders in the Irish Sea coastlines.

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. The post is shared with the Department of Geography, which provides an active teaching and research environment with a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The growing Geoinformatics research cluster in the Department has recently been successful in obtaining funding and offers a supportive research and career development environment in conjunction with the university, offering a suite of career development initiatives through the postdoc hub.

Project Title: ECHOES – Effect of Climate Change on Bird Habitats around the Irish Sea

Post Duration: 39 Months

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

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

For an information package including further details of the post see https://ore.ucc.ie/. Job ID: 039915.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr Fiona Cawkwell, Department of Geography, UCC Tel: + 353 (0) 21 4902707; Email: f.cawkwell@ucc.ie, or Dr Barry O’Dwyer, MaREI Centre, UCC Tel: +353 (0)21 4864326; Email: b.odwyer@ucc.ie.

Additional comments

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal (https://ore.ucc.ie/). Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to recruitment@ucc.ie, quoting the job-title and project name.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Thursday, 5th March 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.

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