Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher, MaREI & School Of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences

University College Cork
April 04, 2024
Offerd Salary:€50,540 - €54,966
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Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher, MaREI & School Of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences

19 Months, Fixed-Term, Whole-time Post

Position Summary

Marine renewable energy (MRE) will undergo a rapid expansion in Ireland over the next 30 years with fixed wind turbines in depths of less than 50 m the most likely technology to meet short to medium-term energy goals. Irish maritime waters are home to a rich diversity of megafauna (e.g., cetaceans, seabirds, and elasmobranchs) including populations of international importance. Given the potential scale of developments, there is a need to understand impacts on sensitive marine species since uncertainty around MRE impacts on populations is likely to be a major impediment to consenting of offshore wind developments. The CETUS Project will collate data pertaining to megafauna and the wider foodweb from national institutes and agencies, into a database to support a comprehensive multi-species modelling approach to determine the environmental drivers of distributions, behaviours, and movement patterns (e.g., foraging hotspots, common migration patterns) of sensitive species and determine spatial and temporal overlap with existing and planned MRE installations. CETUS will also conduct targeted biotelemetry studies using satellite tagging equipment (elasmobranchs and seabirds), acoustic tagging equipment (elasmobranchs) and passive acoustic recorders (cetaceans) to close the identified knowledge gaps on selected at risk species.

The Senior Postdoc will be based between the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES), University College Cork, and the MaREI Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork and will work closely with state agencies (especially Inland Fisheries Ireland) and the angling community.

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

Project Title: CETUS Project - Cetacean, Elasmobranch, Turtle and Seabird distribution modelling platform supporting the sustainable development of offshore renewable energy

Post Duration: 19 Months

Salary: €50,540 - €54,966 (IUA PD2 Salary Scale)

For an information package including further details of the post see https: //

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr Thomas K Doyle, Lecturer in Zoology, School of Biological, Earth, and Environmental Sciences (BEES), Tel: + 353 (0) 21 4904590; Email: [email protected]

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

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time ) on Thursday 4th April 2024.

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 https: // www. and initiatives at https: // www. 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 : Dr Thomas K Doyle Contact Email : [email protected] Job ID : 076071 Contact Number : + 353 (0) 21 4904590 Close Date : 04-Apr-2024 12:00

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