Research Assistant in the Marine Geology Research Group

Closing Date for Applications: 9th March 2018
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Stipend: 21,674 - 34,269
Post Duration: 2 years

Position Summary

The programme utilises 5 dedicated researchers to carry out 4 individual but interdependent research programmes. These 4 research projects co-jointly aim to understand the spatial and temporal habitat development, thresholds and processes of a range of cold-water coral dominated habitats within the canyon. These habitats include individual coral colonies, coral gardens, coral mounds and vertical cliff faces. In a wider context, the programmes utilises and, in turn, refines a number of novel technologies and techniques including 3D photogrammetry, ROV-mounted multibeam, ROV-vibrocoring, lander systems in submarine canyons and CT-scanning of core. This position is will assist in carrying out research and research support activities (lab work, GIS, data processing, project management and logistics) under the direction of the Principal Investigator.

The candidate will work with the PI to help manage and administer the project and the activities of the Marine Geology Research Group, provide computer and lab based assistance to help generate data to ensure project objectives and deliverables are met on time in the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences.

Key duties:

The Research Assistant will work under the direction of the Principal Investigator/Project Leader and perform a variety of GIS, data-processing and project management duties in support of the research project including, but not limited to:

  • To work under the direction of the Principal Investigator or his nominee.
  • To perform a variety of technical duties involved in supporting the research project.
  • To work with the Principal Investigator to review work assignments and to develop plans to support the research/area.
  • To maintain project updates and lab reports.
  • Acquisition of ship-based data, data management, data visualisation and data analysis.
  • To carry out data-processing (multibeam, current profiler and CTD)
  • To order and maintain lab equipment and to provide the general essential laboratory services of the unit, i.e. these include but are not limited to the cleaning and maintenance of glass ware, research equipment and laboratory space as directed by the Principal Investigator of his/her nominee.
  • To determine and set up instruments, material and apparatus and operate laboratory equipment required for specific tests relevant to the research project(s) or programme, as required (i.e. Malvern Mastersizer, mini-landers etc.).
  • To conduct lab work (sediment sampling, grain size analyses, sediment composition)
  • To ensure Health and Safety in the lab.
  • To perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
  • To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • To assist in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed by, with the support of and under the supervision of a Principal Investigator.
  • To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research and activities of the group.
  • To contribute to costing research grant proposals and assist in the financial management of a research project

For informal enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: Prof. Andy Wheeler
Title: Professor of Geology, School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland
Email Address:
Telephone: +353 21 490 4577

To apply:

Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to Prof. Andy Wheeler at the above email address on or before the closing date of 9th March 2018.


posted: 23 February 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.