Post-Doctoral Researcher, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland


Project Title: Bedrock Target analysis for ROV Rockdrill sampling and existing sample stratigraphic and petrographic verification (BeTar_drill)

The Marine Geosciences Research Group, School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Science (BEES), is seeking a motivated Post-Doctoral Researcher to complete phase 2 of the BeTAr_drill project.

The candidate will be part of the industry-funded (PIPCO) BeTAr_drill project which aims to map and identify suitable remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) rock-drill target sites based on GIS-based bathymetric data analysis from bedrock exposures on Ireland's continental margin, characterise and date retrieved samples thereby groundtruthing seismic units to refine/define regional stratigraphic models. Phase 1 has completed a significant data mining exercise which shows a wealth of available data (video groundtruthing and rock samples) and has demonstrated the feasibility of the newly developed GIS-based bedrock suitability mapping tool from a target site. Phase 2 will apply and refine the GIS-based bedrock suitability mapping tool for large segments of the Irish Atlantic continental margin including using photogrammetry of target sites, groundtruthing the bedrock mapping with petrographic analysis and datings of physical samples, and correlate existing and reprocessed seismic data to determine seismic units, bedrock properties and ages.

Candidates should hold a PhD in geology and geospatial analysis/GIS. The candidate should ideally have experience in GIS, SfM photogrammetry, IHS Kingdom seismic databasing, and petrology and an interest and knowledge of geomatics, offshore basin analysis, petrology, seismic stratigraphy, and marine geology.

Post Duration: 18 months, with a possibility to extend to 22 months
Salary: €38,630 - €45,942 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

For an information package including further details of the post see

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor Andy Wheeler (

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title and project name.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Monday, 15 March 2021. No late applications will be accepted.

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.


posted: 16 February 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.