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BMA-17 IERC Research Assistant Software

BMA-17 IERC Research Assistant Software

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term (Specified Purpose)

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 Innovative 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 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.
  • 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.

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 JSP, Swift, and MySQL.
  • 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 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 data and statistical analysis skills.
  • Evidence of high levels of initiative.
  • 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 €21,890-€34,612.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Beth Massey at beth.massey@tyndall.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

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-01 Research Assistant – Electrical and Electronic Engineer, IERC

Research Assistant – Electrical and Electronic Engineer, IERC

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

CONTRACT: Full Time/Fixed Term (Specified Purpose)

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 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 Electronics/Control or in relevant field
  • Strong understanding of the grid integration of RETs (system integration, converter design/control, grid application)
  • Experience with design and modelling tools: Matlab SPS/PSIM/PSCAD or other electrical and power electronics simulation tools
  • Demonstrable experience in system design, simulation and hardware experience in the relevant areas.

Desirable Criteria

  • M.Sc in Electrical / Electronic Engineering is highly desirable
  • At least 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 €22,109-€34,612 depending on qualification and experience.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Shafi Khadem 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.

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.


BMA-9 Researcher – Electrical Energy Storage – IERC

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

The IERC is a translational research centre focused on delivering demand side energy efficiency through the development of integrated, systems level solutions.  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.

The IERC core research team includes researchers and senior researchers, who report to the Head of Research and conduct specified pieces of research, as directed by the IERC Steering Committee.

The role of researcher is mainly, but not exclusively, to carry out Innovation Needs Assessments (INAs) and strategic research planning activities in order to define research objectives and research output specifications. They will act as translators of both industry needs and academic research objectives in order to bring about highly structured and well defined research projects.

The Researcher – Electrical Energy Storage role will conduct research on electrical energy storage systems and their applications in the thematic area of Embedded and Distributed Generation Systems to support the IERC in its development and implementation of its industry led research project portfolio.

IERC Researchers are expected to participate in the definition and execution of fully collaborative projects, particularly where special expertise can make a direct contribution and generally for quality control purposes.  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 EU and other external funding streams.

Key Responsibilities

  • To support the specification of research and analytical projects that require professional input from a power systems and electricity market perspective
  • To monitor, analyse and forecast developments in national and international energy storage markets and industry in the short and medium term, with particular focus on the energy demand side
  • To collaborate with IERC member organisations, the energy industry and research performing organisations in the analysis of the impact of the renewables market developments on the Irish and EU economies
  • To conduct analysis on research topics, on areas including energy demand and security, with the objective of contributing to Innovation Needs Assessments and collaborative research projects
  • To anticipate and contribute to qualitative and quantitative analysis of topical issues confronting the IERC, highlighting innovation opportunities
  • To contribute to and potentially lead 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
  • 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 Electronics or in relevant field
  • At least 1 year post-doc experience in power electronics converter design and control for electrical energy storage systems in distributed generation network
  • At least 1 year hardware experience on converters design, hardware-in-the-loop (HIL), prototype development or any real-time controlling platform in the relevant areas
  • At least 1 year user experience with design and modelling tools: Matlab SPS/PSIM/PSCAD or other electrical and power electronics simulation tools
  • Strong understanding of the distributed energy storage systems (system integration, central and distributed control, grid application)
  • Demonstrable experience in quantitative data analysis and in developing analytical methodologies and energy models, and their use for policymaking.

Desired Criteria 

  • Strong preference for a primary degree/masters in electrical engineering
  • Experience leading and managing projects, preferably in working collaboratively with industry
  • Highly self-motivated and able to demonstrate initiative
  • Excellent communication, organisation and interpersonal skills

Appointment may be made on the IUA Researcher Scale €36,853 – €43,828.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Beth Massey, email beth.massey@tyndall.ie.

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

Application Instructions

Step 1-  click here to download and complete the application form

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.

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


BMA-20 IERC Senior Researcher – Embedded and Distributed Generation Team Lead

BMA-20 IERC Senior Researcher – Embedded and Distributed Generation Team Lead

Contract Type Full Time / Specified Purpose

Job Description

The International Energy Research Centre (IERC), hosted at Tyndall National Institute (TNI) is recruiting for the role of Senior Researcher – Embedded and Distributed Generation team lead. The post-holder must understand the latest trends in distributed generation and microgrids, and building electricity systems research, the associated energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, and relevant policies and regulations.

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 appointee will be a leading member of the core research team reporting to the Head of Research who reports to the IERC Executive Director.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • To grow and develop a research team focused on embedded and distributed generation research
  • To lead the IERC’s work on embedded and distributed generation research while providing vision and direction for renewable generation systems integration and buildings electricity systems research at the IERC
  • To monitor, analyse and forecast developments in national and international research and innovations, and collaborate with IERC partner organisations (national and international) in specification, and delivery of research and analytical projects that can deliver transformative demand side innovations for the Irish electricity sector
  • To generate new funding streams and build the core team’s expertise and capability to deliver fully collaborative projects in this critical area
  • To Identify potential funding streams for bringing in PhD students as part of growing the capacity of the team and provide supervision for those students
  • To develop a team of thought leaders in the embedded and distributed generation area
  • To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post

Essential Criteria

  • A PhD equivalent research experience in electrical engineering, physics or relevant area
  • At least 8 years’ experience in energy systems research
  • Experience with leading technically complex and at-scale projects(e.g. feasibility studies and techno-economic modelling of large scale distributed generation and electricity storage systems) which will provide pre-commercial outputs for industry
  • Proven track record in writing successful competitively won research proposals
  • Evidence of leading on projects that work directly with industry, and mentoring others to demonstrate an understanding of industry needs
  • Evidence of esteem and standing in the embedded generation and electricity end-use research community (e.g., academic output such as peer reviewed publications and invited presentations, international guest lectureships )
  • Proven experience in leading teams of post-doc and early career researchers

 Desirable Criteria

  • Demonstrated experience in holistic energy system analysis, including non-technical, non-energy issues
  • Experience of responding to government or other institutional consultations
  • Highly self-motivated, performs at a high level and able to demonstrate initiative
  • Demonstrates resilience in the face of challenging circumstances and increasing pressure on time and resources
  • Excellent communication, organisation and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrates motivation for self-improvement and positively contributes to the overall improvement of the team and the working environment

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

This position may be appointed on the Senior Executive Administrative Scales 6A in the range €56,640 – €72,766.  All appointments will be made at the first point on the scale.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Beth Massey at beth.massey@tyndall.ie. Further information is available at www.ierc.ie

Closing Date for Applications is 5.00pm on 12th April 2019.

Application Instructions

Step 1 – click here to download and complete the application form and indicate BMA-20 as the Job Reference

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.

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.


JS-01 IERC Research Assistant – Building Services and Energy Performance

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

The International Energy Research Centre (IERC), hosted at Tyndall National Institute (TNI) is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative research group, who conduct specific pieces of research to meet the needs of industry.  The IERC is recruiting for the role of research assistant with a focus on building energy performance for the Building Services and Energy Performance team.  The role will work on projects that are both internally and externally funded, and will work under the direction of the Senior Researcher and Project Coordinator. Therefore the optimal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. An honours degree in an energy, sustainability, science or engineering related discipline is a must. An MSc. Is preferred.

The Role

The IERC has recently won a number of H2020 and other funded projects that focus on activities to enhance building energy performance. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the successful delivery of these projects through conducting high quality research, engaging with relevant stakeholders and assisting to disseminate and communicate the project results to the wider audience. Examples of the types of project that you may be asked to work on include:

A new project aiming to increase uptake of energy audits and facilitate implementation of energy conservation measures among European SMEs using an innovative self-financing mechanism.

The NOVICE project which aims to test the validity of a new business model for ESCOs that combines energy efficiency and demand side response into an enhanced energy performance contract.

The RECO2ST project which aims to develop a new refurbishment assessment tool and demonstrate a package of energy efficiency measures that can be retrofitted to residential buildings to bring them to NZEB standard at lower cost and with less disruption than standard retrofits.

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

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide assistance in conducting research activities, including planning, organizing, conducting, and communicating research studies within the overall scope of an IERC research project.
  • Carry out literature reviews, stakeholder engagement activities, and data analysis to feed into project results.
  • Gather, collate and analyse quantitative and qualitative data sets relating to the energy performance of buildings.
  • Assist to organise and run events such as focus groups, surveys, webinars, and workshops on topics relating to building energy performance and/or energy auditing.
  • Write reports detailing the findings and/or outcomes from the research as required to meet project deliverables.
  • Contribute to the publication of conference and journal papers relating to project outcomes.
  • Work with Senior Researchers in developing plans for future research projects.
  • Participate in stakeholder 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.

Essential Criteria

  • An honours degree or equivalent in an energy, sustainability, science, engineering or related subject.
  • Strong demonstrable experience in at least 2 of the following: Energy auditing, building energy performance, energy efficiency, energy performance contracting, energy services, building services engineering, and stakeholder engagement.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to a tight schedule.
  • Demonstrated capability of working effectively within a team to achieve results.
  • A commitment to personal growth and development.

Desirable Criteria

  • An MSc or equivalent in an energy, sustainability, science, engineering or related subject.
  • At least 1 year’s previous research experience.
  • Demonstrated data and statistical analysis skills.
  • Experience in any of the following areas would be beneficial: carrying out energy audits and recommending energy saving measures; persuading SMEs to implement energy saving measures; designing and conducting surveys and focus groups with a range of stakeholders; planning, organising and running workshops, training courses, webinars and other events.
  • Highly self-motivated and able to demonstrate initiative.
  • Experience of working collaboratively with industry.
  • Evidence of excellent organisational and communication skills.
  • Excellent report writing 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.

Appointment may be made on the IUA Scale for Research Assistants  €22,109-€34,612 pa.  The successful appointment may be at a level higher than the first point of the scale.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Joanna Southernwood at jo.southernwood@tyndall.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 JS-1 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.

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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