Research Assistant/Task Leader in Water-Energy Science Communication, Outreach and Industry Engagement
Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin invites applications for a Research Assistant/Research Task Leader, part-funded under the ERDF INTERREG Ireland-Wales programme 2014-2020. In this multi-disciplinary research project, the Business School is collaborating with the School of Engineering at Trinity College Dublin, and with Bangor University Wales.
The project is entitled Distributing our Water Resources: Utilising Integrated, Smart & low-Carbon Energy (Dŵr Uisce). The broad aim of the Dŵr Uisce project is to improve the long-term sustainability of water supply, treatment and end-use in Ireland and Wales through:
- Developing and demonstrating a number of new innovative technology platforms
- Developing policy and best practice guidelines to facilitate the implementation of integrated low-carbon and smart energy solutions for the water sector
- Undertaking economic and environmental impact assessments
This appointment involves hands-on engagement with industry, active communication of project activities via an online portfolio, and research project management activities (including developing business cases, managing workshops and outreach activities).
A key part of the project is the development of a Water-Energy smart specialisation cluster of organisations and stakeholders in the water sector and in the region. The cluster aims to stimulate innovation through collaboration, demonstration and knowledge exchange in the area of water and energy management leading to economic growth. In addition, the cluster will facilitate the raising of public awareness of the project and its findings.
The successful candidate will facilitate:
- Further development and growth the existing Water-Energy smart specialisation cluster through engaging with industry and researchers in relation to technology, processes and services.
- Learning by industry members with and from each other through collaborative action built around technology demonstration sites.
- Maintaining a vibrant online presence at www.dwr-uisce.eu to enable knowledge transfer among cluster members and to raise awareness of the water-energy challenge.
- The coordination of water-energy science communication and outreach activities to showcase the project findings and to further develop the cluster.
- Delivery of project reports, deliverables and other administrative duties. These deliverables include the presentation and publication of co-authored conference papers and journal articles.
The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary and cross-border research team undertaking this €4.4 million EU project. The team employs a number of methodologies including action research and action learning in order to contribute to practice and literature.
It is essential that the person appointed will have:
- A master’s degree or a Ph.D. in Marketing, Management, Engineering Management or Entrepreneurship
- The ability to engage as a member of a multi-disciplinary research team
- Excellent interpersonal skills, and an ability to present and communicate ideas and concepts clearly in an educational and industry context.
It is desirable that that the person appointed will have:
- Experience of business and management practice related to innovation, networking, science communication and/or
- Experience in research project management, communication, and outreach/workshop activities and/or
- Experience in the water supply/water treatment sector or energy sector.
Applicants are asked to email a cover letter, CV and the names of two referees to the address below on or before August 17th 2020.
The gross salary range is €23,061 to €41,373 subject to negotiation and level of experience.
The term of the contract may extend to end February 2023.
Prof. Paul Coughlan
Trinity Business School, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland