Research Assistant in Micro-hydropower Energy Recovery in Water pipe networks

The School of Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, and the Faculty of Agricultural and Forestry Engineering, University of Cordoba, invite applications for a Research Assistant positions, part funded under the ERDF INTERREG Atlantic Area programme 2014-2020 ( Trinity and Cordoba are collaborating with Action Renewables Ltd, IST Lisbon, Hidropower Ltd, University of Naples, the WATEF Network, FAEN and Feragua in this research.

The project is entitled Reducing the Energy Dependency of Atlantic area Water Networks (REDAWN). The water industry is the 4th most energy intensive sector in the Atlantic area (AA), responsible for significant contributions to climate change and reductions in competitiveness due to the associated costs. REDAWN aims to improve the energy efficiency of water networks through innovative micro-hydropower technology. This technology will recover wasted energy in existing pipe networks across: irrigation, public water supply, process industry settings. REDAWN will develop the institutional, social and technological environment to foster greater resource efficiency in water networks, including:

  • Completion of an energy recovery resource assessment in water networks in the AA
  • Completion of an economic/environmental impact assessment of this technology on the region
  • Development of design guidelines and support tools for hydropower energy recovery in drinking water, waste water, irrigation and process industry sectors.
  • Development of policy and institutional support tools to increase the implementation of energy recovery projects
  • Quantification of the societal impacts of hydropower energy recovery in water networks
  • Widespread dissemination and promotion of energy efficiency in AA water networks

At present significant potential exists to save energy, costs and environmental impacts in AA water networks, but technological, institutional and social barriers prevent the exploitation of this resource. REDAWN will develop technology and policy, and raise awareness to overcome these barriers, improving the energy efficiency of water suppliers and users in the region.

As part of REDAWN, a Researcher Assistant will be appointed based at Trinity College Dublin, School of Engineering ( The Research Assistant will:

  • Carry out a detailed life cycle assessment of installed micro-hydropower demonstrators in the field to quantify their environmental costs and benefits.
  • Assess the existing resources for micro-hydropower in private water networks for energy recovery in the AA.

Applicants with good honours degrees in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering or related disciplines will be considered. Candidates are asked to send a cover letter, CV and the names of two referees, at least one of whom should be an academic, to the address below. Funding for this position comprises €30,925 per annum for a period of 9 months. Closing date for applications is 4th October 2019. Position commencing 1st December 2019. Informal enquiries to or;

Further information available at:

Dr Aonghus McNabola
Head of Department
Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
Trinity College Dublin
Telephone +353-1-8963837
Dr. Juan Antonio Rodriguez Diaz
Department of Agronomy
Faculty of Agricultural and Forestry Engineering
University of Cordoba
Telephone +34 957 212242

posted: 18 September 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.