Post-doctoral research position in continental shelf
marine geology with relevance to windfarm development

Applications are invited for the post of Post-Doctoral Researcher to join MaREI (Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy) in University College Cork (UCC) which is a key research centre within UCC's Environmental Research Institute (ERI), internationally recognised for environmental research dedicated to the understanding and protection of our natural environment and to developing innovative technologies, tools and services to facilitate a transformation to a zero carbon and resource efficient society. Researchers in MaREI have over 30 years of experience in conducting fundamental and applied research supported by competitively won national and international funding, and commercial contracts with government agencies and industry. MaREI's strengths lie in the multi-disciplinary nature of its research teams, allowing it to combine insights across areas such as MRE Technologies, Materials & Structures, Observation & Operations, Coastal & Marine Systems, Bioenergy, Energy Policy & Modelling, and Renewable Energy Management. As part of MaREI, the candidate will be based in the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences where Prof. Wheeler Marine Geology Research Group is based.

The Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan (OREDP) published by DCENR in 2014 ( identified offshore wind energy as a key resource. The MaREI Centre is coordinating Eirwind, an industry-led multi-partner research project, to develop an offshore wind energy development plan. This position is under Eirwind's work data management package for site evaluation where the Post-Doctoral Researcher will work under the direction of the Principal Investigator and take a lead in GIS-based data archiving, new data acquisition planning/collection and data interpretation. In addition, the Post-Doctoral Researcher will develop new insights into Quaternary continental margin development on the south and west coasts of Ireland and avail of opportunities to collect new data through ship-based surveys.

The applicant must satisfy the following essential criteria:

  • A PhD in a relevant environmental science (e.g. geology, oceanography, geoinformatics, marine science/engineering or related discipline
  • Research experience in marine shelf sea geology (e.g. seismic, seabed mapping coverages and core analysis)
  • Technical competence in ArcGIS and the handling of environmental datasets
  • Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.
  • Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

And preferably the following desirable criteria

  • An aptitude or experience of collecting data at sea
  • Knowledge and experience of working with the offshore energy industry
  • An understanding of marine geotechnics
  • Demonstrable record of success in appropriate/equivalent leadership and management role(s).
  • Ability to relate to staff and work in a team.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Irish offshore

Duration: 24 Months
Salary: 36,488 - 43,394

For informal enquiries on the post candidates should contact Professor Andy Wheeler. Email:, Telephone: +353 21 4904577

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and C.V. to Professor Andy Wheeler at on or before the closing date of Friday 02 February 2018.

Supplementary Information on the Department/Research Centre and the post is available at the following URL:;

posted: 31 October 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.