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SKH-02 Post-Doc Researcher (Electrical Engineering)

SKH-02 Post-Doc Researcher (Electrical Engineering)

Contract type: Full Time/Specified Purpose

The International Energy Research Centre (hosted at Tyndall National Institute) invites applications for the position of Engineer/Researcher in the thematic area of Embedded and Distributed Generation Systems.

The International Energy Research Centre (IERC) core research team is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative research group, who conduct specific pieces of research to meet the needs of industry and as approved by the IERC Steering Committee.  The core research team report to the Head of Research who reports to the IERC Executive Director.

IERC research projects bring together value chains of Industry Partners (Energy Service Companies, Technology Integrators, Facilities Management Companies, ICT and Telecoms Companies, etc.), with leading Research Institutions to deliver innovative and commercially relevant solutions to the Energy Sector.  The Centre is currently developing new activity under the strategic thematic areas of Low Carbon Heating and Cooling, Energy Efficiency and Analytics and Distributed Generation Systems.

IERC researchers are expected to participate in fully collaborative projects, particularly where special expertise can make a direct contribution and generally for quality control purposes. IERC researchers are expected to have both academic and industry experience, together with a sound understanding of the wider energy landscape beyond their area of expertise. All researchers will be expected to initiate and contribute to writing of proposals for European and other external funding streams.

This post is a full-time, specified purpose position linked to the funding opportunities of the IERC.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct research as defined in funded research projects
  • Contribute to the specification and proposal development for research projects conducted by IERC core research teams
  • Participate in and support the work with industry partners on a project
  • To support and work within the quality assurance processes and methods defined for project development and delivery
  • Develop as a thought leader and proactively generate research initiatives and ideas.
  • Provide positive critical analysis for such potential innovation opportunities with a view to solution-oriented outcomes
  • To contribute to grant proposal writing for EU and other funding streams.
  • To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed by the project leader.
  • To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research group.
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the required Health and Safety standards.
  • To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.
  • To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • PhD in Electrical/Electronic Engineering/Power System or in relevant field
  • Relevant research experience and proven track record (i.e. demonstrated technical competence and accomplishment) in the following areas:
  • Power System Network Modelling and Analysis (MV/LV Distribution Network)
  • Network Operation and Management
  • Grid Integration and Control of Distributed Generation Sources
  • Grid Stability/Power Quality Analysis and Improvement
  • Energy Management and System Optimization
  • Demand Response
  • Hardware Experience/Knowledge on Converters, Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL), prototype development, any real-time controlling platform in the areas listed above
  • Demonstrated experience using Design and Modelling Tools: Matlab SPS/PSIM/PSCAD/IPSA or other electrical and power system simulation tools

Desirable Criteria

  • At least one year work experience working in industry R&D post-PhD
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to a tight schedule
  • Highly self-motivated and able to demonstrate initiative.
  • Capable of working within a project team to achieve results.
  • Exceptional communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.
  • A commitment to personal development.

This is a full-time, specified purpose position with the IERC, starting at appointment and is tied to the funding profile of the IERC.  The IERC is an equal opportunity employer supporting a collaborative and creative working environment.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to the hiring manager shafi.khadem@ierc.ie or Head of Research at  beth.massey@ierc.ie . Further information on the IERC is available at http://www.ierc.ie/.

Appointment may be made on the Postdoctoral Researcher Scale €37,873 – €45,041 depending on qualification and experience.

Application Instructions

Step 1 – click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate SKH-02 as the Job Reference

Step 2 – return completed Application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to careers@tyndall.ie.

Handwritten forms will not be accepted.

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.


BOR- 03 Research Assistant – Software

BOR- 03 Research Assistant  – Software

Contract: Full Time/Specified Purpose

Role Summary
The International Energy Research Centre (IERC), hosted at Tyndall National Institute (TNI) is recruiting for the role of research assistant with a focus on software development for the Software for Integrated Energy Research Application (SIERRA) team. The role will work on projects both internally and externally funded, therefore, the optimal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.  An honours degree in computer science, software development, or related discipline is a must.  An MSc is preferred.  The research assistant role will work under the direction of the Senior Researcher on the SIERRA team on one or more research projects.

Key Responsibilities

  •  Work under the direction of the SIERRA team lead.
  • Provide assistance in conducting research activities, including planning, organizing, conducting, and communicating research studies within the overall scope of an IERC research project.
  • Develop software tools and applications that support energy research applications.
  • Contribute to the development and deployment of blockchain, machine learning and data analytics applications.
  •  Assist in the software development process including user requirements, implementation and testing.
  •  Contribute to report writing for project updates to relevant industry stakeholders.
  •  Contribute to the publication of project outcomes.
  • Work with Senior Researchers in developing plans for future research projects.
  • Perform other related duties as necessary to the work of the IERC.

Essential Criteria

  •  An honours degree in Computer Science, Software Development, or related discipline.
  • Strong, demonstrable experience with two or more of the following: PHP, JavaScript, Python, Java and Swift.
  • Understanding of the software development lifecycle models.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to a tight schedule.
  • Demonstrated capability of working effectively within a team to achieve results.
  • Evidence of excellent organisational, writing and communication skills.

Desirable Criteria

  • An MSc in Computer Science, Software Development, or related discipline.
  • At least 1 year previous research experience.
  • At least 1 year previous experience working in an Agile development environment.
  • At least 1 year previous experience with software testing and software quality assurance.
  • Demonstrated blockchain, economics or data and statistical analysis skills.
  • Evidence of high levels of initiative.
  • Experience with writing reports, proposals or other professional documentation writing experience.
  • Experience in any of the following areas would be of beneficial: Version Control (Git), Windows Server 2012 / Apache Web Server, phpMyAdmin, Bootstrap, JSON, NoSQL, Project Management, software testing / debugging tools, MEAN / MERN, App Development (iOS / Android).

This is a full-time, specified purpose position with the IERC, starting at appointment and tied to available funding.  The IERC is an equal opportunity employer supporting a collaborative and creative working environment.

This position may be appointed on the IUA Scales for Research Assistants €22,609-€35,218. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Brian O Regan at brian.oregan @ierc.ie

Further information on the Department is available at www.ierc.ie

Application Instructions
Step 1 – click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate the Job Description as BOR-03.

Step 2 – return the completed application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to careers@tyndall.ie.

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.

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.


SKH-01b Research Assistant – Electrical and Electronic Engineer

SKH-01b IERC Research Assistant – Electrical and Electronic Engineer

Role Summary

The International Energy Research Centre (hosted at Tyndall National Institute) invites applications for the position of Research Assistant with focus on grid integration of renewable energy technologies (RET), power electronics for converter design and control for the EDGE (Embedded and Distributed Generation Systems) team.

The role will work on projects both internally and externally funded, therefore, the optimal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.  An honour’s degree in electrical/electronic engineering, or related discipline is a must.  An MSc is preferred.  The research assistant role will work under the direction of the Senior Researcher on the EDGE team on one or more research projects.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work under the direction of the EDGE team lead.
  • Contribute to the design, development and deployment of power electronic converters for RET based active distribution network/microgrids/virtual power plants/local energy networks applications.
  • Contribute to report writing for project updates to relevant industry stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the publication of project outcomes.
  • Work with team leader to contribute in grant proposal writing including technical, management and financial volumes for EU and other funding streams
  • To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the required Health and Safety standards.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • Perform other related duties as necessary to the work of the IERC. To anticipate and contribute to qualitative and quantitative analysis of topical issues confronting the IERC, highlighting innovation opportunities

Essential Criteria

  • B.Sc in Electrical/Electronic Engineering/Power Systems or in relevant field
  • Strong understanding of the distribution network and grid integration of RETs (network modelling, system integration, grid application)
  • Experience with design and modelling tools: Matlab SPS/PSIM/PSCAD or other electrical engineering simulation tools
  • Demonstrable experience in modelling, system design, simulation and hardware experience in the relevant areas

Desirable Criteria

  • M.Sc in Electrical / Electronic Engineering is highly desirable
  • Typically with 1 year previous research experience.
  • Strongly self-motivated and able to demonstrate initiative
  • Excellent communication, organisation and interpersonal skills

This is a full-time, specified purpose position with the IERC, starting at appointment and tied to available funding.  The IERC is an equal opportunity employer supporting a collaborative and creative working environment.

This position may be appointed on the IUA Scales for Research Assistants €22,609-€35,218. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Shafi Khadeem at shafi.khadem@ierc.ie.

Further information on the Department is available at www.ierc.ie.

Application Instructions

Step 1 – click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate the Job Description as SHK-01-b.

Step 2 – return the completed application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to careers@tyndall.ie.

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.

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.


COH-3 Researcher – Building Energy Modelling

COH-3 Researcher – Building Energy Modelling

Contract: Full Time/Specified Purpose

The International Energy Research Centre (IERC) core research team is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative research group, who conduct specific pieces of research to meet the needs of industry and as approved by the IERC Steering Committee.  The core research team report to the Head of Group who reports to the IERC Head of Energy Research.

The role of an IERC researcher is to deliver research outputs based on the translation of both industry needs and academic research ambitions such that highly structured and well defined research projects can be defined, developed and delivered.  IERC researchers are expected to develop Innovation Needs Assessments (INAs) and contribute to strategic research planning activities in order to define research objectives and research output specifications.

IERC researchers are expected to participate in fully collaborative projects, particularly where special expertise can make a direct contribution and advance IERC’s objectives. IERC researchers are expected to have both academic and industry experience, together with a sound understanding of the wider energy landscape beyond their area of expertise. All researchers will be expected to initiate and contribute to writing of proposals for European and other external funding streams.

This post is a full-time, specified purpose position linked to the funding opportunities of the IERC.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the specification and proposal development for research projects conducted by IERC core research teams
  • Participate in and support the work with industry partners on a project
  • To support and work within the quality assurance processes and methods defined for project development and delivery
  • Develop as a thought leader and proactively generate research initiatives and ideas.
  • Provide positive critical analysis for such potential innovation opportunities with a view to solution-oriented outcomes
  • Participate in and contribute to grant proposal writing for EU and other funding streams
  • To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research group
  • To interact closely, as necessary, 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 administrative work to support the programme of research as necessary
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the required Health and Safety standards.
  • To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • A PhD qualification with proven track record of publications in the fields of mechanical engineering, civil engineering, architecture or similar
  • Typically, with 2 years’ research experience with measureable outcomes in minimum two of the following building energy modelling areas:
  • Building thermal simulation
  • Interior daylighting models
  • Building energy system models (HVAC plant, hydronic networks, etc.)
  • Demonstrable experience in programming bespoke modules for leading simulation packages (e.g. EnergyPlus, TRNSYS, Dymola, etc.)
  • Demonstrated capability of self-initiative while working within a project team to achieve results
  • A commitment to personal growth and development
  • Excellent communication, organisation and interpersonal skills

Desirable Criteria

  • Detailed practical experience and reasonable working knowledge of at least one of the following:
    • Building information modelling
    • Simplified building energy models
  • Experience of working collaboratively with industry
  • Experience with competitive research programs (including Horizon 2020 and MSCA)
  • Evidence of leading research projects and project teams to successful completion
  • Highly self-motivated
  • It is strongly desirable that candidates are able to demonstrate an ability to develop bespoke models for programs outside their usual knowledge as may become necessary during the course of research projects.

Appointment may be made on the IUA Scale for Post-Doctoral Researchers €37,873-€45,041 pa.  Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Carlos Ochoa at carlos.ochoa@ierc.ie

Further information on the Department is available at www.ierc.ie

Application Instructions

Step 1 – Click here to download and complete the application form and indicate Job Reference COH-03.

Step 2 – Return the completed application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to careers@tyndall.ie.

Handwritten forms will not be accepted.

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.

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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