Postdoctoral Researcher/Research Associate (Water/Wastewater Engineering)

National University of Ireland Galway
Galway, Ireland
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Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a fixed-term 36 month contract position for a Postdoctoral Researcher/Research Associate as part of the ENERGE project with the Whitaker Institute and the College of Engineering and Informatics (Civil Engineering), National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway). This position is funded by the European Regional development Fund (under the North-West Europe InterReg programme) and is available on a full-time basis from July 1st, 2019.

About the post:

The researcher will join the ENERGE team within a highly dynamic, international research team combining research and knowledge from business, marketing, public policy and the social sciences and engineering and data analytics. In particular, the Applied Systems Thinking Unit investigates pressing societal problems such as public transport, blue and green spaces and sustainable marine resources. The group looks for community and collective initiatives that bring about positive systemic change. It combines policy insight, stakeholder engagement and systems expertise to develop innovative policy solutions, improved governance systems, and the capacity of the public to influence those who make decisions affecting their lives and well-being. The Civil Engineering research team, affiliated with IRUSE, the Ryan Institute of Environment, Marine and Energy, is active in improving the sustainability of the built environment and large infrastructure. The group includes specialists in engineering, modelling, data analytics and large scale demonstration site development. The successful candidate will be based within the Whitaker Institute and will be affiliated with the School of Engineering.


ENERGE is a North West Europe InterReg funded project coordinated by NUI Galway. It involves 9 partners and 12 demonstration sites in 6 countries. With the aging of the existing post-primary school building stock (new schools/deep retro-fits can take years from planning to completion) there is a need for low-cost solutions that enable long-term resource efficiency in schools & reduced greenhouse gas emission (GHG). EU building energy directives & climate actions to 2020 & 2030 underpin this necessity. ENERGE addresses this need using targeted physical interventions that combine a web based platform & building sensors (e.g. electrical, thermal etc.) with behavioural studies & new educational approaches that enable schools engage in energy & GHG mitigation. This holistic, adaptable & multidisciplinary approach will combine sociological, pedagogic & communications expertise with low cost technology, ICT interventions & systems engineering. ENERGE will be demonstrated in schools in France, Germany, Luxembourg, Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK.

Job Description

  • Conduct a programme of research to evaluate the impact of low-cost technical interventions in schools in reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions and increasing energy awareness within the school eco-system.
  • Develop community and collective initiatives that bring about positive systemic change within the school ecosystem resulting in reduced energy consumption
  • Collection, management, and analysis of behavioural, sociological and technical data
  • Participate in visits to demonstration sites including engaging stakeholders within schools (students, teachers, maintenance and administrative staff etc) in ENERGE activities.
  • Disseminate research results and activities through a variety of media
  • Engage in project reporting and administrative activities associated with the research programme and related activities
  • Publication of results by proofreading, editing, and contributing ideas

Essential criteria:

  • A relevant post-graduate qualification (level 9 or level 10)
  • Previous experience and research in Social Marketing and behaviour change
  • Previous experience and research in systems dynamics
  • A track record of stakeholder participatory consultations
  • Experience of working with a diverse range of stakeholders in a multidisciplinary setting
  • Excellent analytical and data management skills
  • Ability to meet report deadlines
  • Evidence must be shown of excellent communication skills (both written and oral) in English
  • Ability to deliver high quality peer-reviewed papers commensurate with their career stage
  • Candidates will be required to drive and have access to their own transport.

Desirable criteria:

  • Ability to show how the proposed research will engage or be developed in collaboration with non-academic partners;
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment and to engage diverse publics with ENERGE research.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for critical thinking and capable of taking initiative.

Salary: €37,223 - €39,530 per annum

Start date: 01/07/2019

Continuing Professional Development/Training: Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.  

Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway.

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NB: Gárda vetting is a requirement for this post (as appropriate to Child Protection Policy)

Informal enquiries about this post can be made to Christine Domegan (Senior Lecturer, Marketing) ( ), Louise Hannon (Research Fellow, Civil Engineering; ENERGE project manager) ( ) or Eoghan Clifford (Senior Lecturer, Civil Engineering):   or

To Apply:

Applicants should send a covering letter, detailed CV and the names and addresses of at least three referees via e-mail (in Word or PDF format only) to: 

Applicants must put Ref. No. NUIG 099-19 in subject line of e-mail application.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm (GMT) on 7th June 2019

Interviews will take place week of the 17th June 2019