BMA5 - Senior Researcher – Building Energy and Energy in the Built Environment

Job title: 
Senior Researcher
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Job description: 

The Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork invites applications for the position of Senior Building Energy Researcher which will lead the IERC’s development of a comprehensive programme of industry led research into energy in buildings and the built environment. The Senior Building Energy Researcher is expected to generate new funding streams and build the team’s expertise and capability to deliver fully collaborative projects in this critical area.

Key Responsibilities

To provide vision and direction for the built environment research team at the IERC

To lead in the specification of research and analytical projects that can deliver transformative innovations into the built environment.

To monitor, analyse and forecast developments in national and international research and innovations in the built environment.

To collaborate with IERC member organisations, the energy industry and research performing organisations in the analysis of the innovation needs for the built environment sector.

To lead in grant proposal writing for competitive funding streams.

To interact closely with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD and possibly have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with an academic supervisor.

To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Criteria - Essential 

  • A PhD in engineering, architecture or other relevant discipline
  • At least 8 years’ post PhD experience in energy systems and built environment research
  • Proven track record for research income generation of at least €1M
  • Evidence of close working with industry, and demonstrating an understanding of industry needs.
  • Demonstrated capability of working within and leading a project team to achieve results.
  • Demonstrated experience in holistic energy system results, including non-technical issues,

Criteria - Desirable

  • Experience of responding to government consultations 
  • Highly self-motivated and able to demonstrate initiative
  • Strong preference for a primary degree/masters in thermo-mechanical engineering
  • Evidence of esteem and standing in the energy research community (publications, invited talks, committee memberships etc.)
  • Excellent communication, organisation and interpersonal skills

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Beth Massey at

Further information on the Department is available at

Appointment may be made on the Grade 6a Admin II Scale (B) €58,217 - €73,493.  In all instances the successful appointment will be at the first point of the scale.

To apply, please click here to download and complete the application form and return, together with your cv and motivation letter to

Candidates should apply, in confidence, by emailing a completed application form together with cv and motivation letter to  Handwritten forms will not be accepted. The deadling for applications is Friday, 13th April 2018.

For an information package including full details of the post, selection criteria and application process click here.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

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.

At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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Senior Researcher – Building Energy and Energy in the Built Environment
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International Energy Research Centre
Contact name: 
Beth Massey,,
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