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BMA-19 Senior Researcher – Low Carbon Heating and Cooling

Senior Researcher – Low Carbon Heating and Cooling


Contract:  Full Time/Fixed Term

The International Energy Research Centre (IERC), hosted at Tyndall National Institute (TNI) is recruiting for the role of Senior Researcher – Low Carbon Heating and Cooling. The post-holder must understand the latest trends in heating and cooling 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 Responsibilities

  • To lead the IERC’s work on low carbon heating and cooling research while providing vision and direction for renewable heating and cooling research at the IERC
  • To lead in the specification and delivery of research and analytical projects that can deliver transformative innovations into the heating and cooling sector
  • To monitor, analyse and forecast developments in national and international research and innovations, and collaborate with IERC partner organisations in the analysis of the innovation needs for the heating and cooling sector
  • To engage and collaborate with industry (national and international) partners
  • To generate new funding streams and build the team’s expertise and capability to deliver fully collaborative projects in this critical area
  • 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
  • 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.

Essential Criteria

  • A PhD in engineering, physics, or equivalent research experience
  • At least 8 years’ experience in energy systems research as appropriate to the post
  • Experience with techno-economic modelling of the heat sector
  • Proven track record in writing successful competitively won research proposals leading to income generation
  • Evidence of close working with industry, and demonstrating an understanding of industry needs
  • Evidence of esteem and standing in the heating and cooling in the energy end-use research community (academic output such as peer reviewed publications and publications )

Desirable Criteria

  • Demonstrated experience in holistic energy system analysis, including non-technical issues
  • Strong preference for a primary degree/masters in thermo-mechanical engineering
  • A proven track record to win external funding (>€1M) highly desirable
  • Experience of responding to government or other institutional consultations
  • Highly self-motivated and able to demonstrate initiative
  • Excellent communication, organisation and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated capability of working within and leading a project team to achieve results

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 Grade 6A scale in the range €58,799- €74,228.  Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Beth Massey at Further information is available at

Application Instructions

Step 1 – click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate BMA-19 as the Job Reference.

Step 2 – return completed application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to

Handwritten forms will not be accepted.  No late applications will be accepted.

A full candidate information pack is available to download by clicking 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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