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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 or Head of Research at . Further information on the IERC is available at

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

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.


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