1.5 Year funded Research Assistant

Multi-Criteria Decision-Making and Constraint Mapping supporting Irish West Coast Offshore Floating Windfarm Development Options

Funded Programme: SFI Research Centre in Applied Geoscience (iCRAG) and Hexagon Energy AB

Project Line Manager: Professor Andy Wheeler, Professor of Geology, School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland

Project description: We seek a Research Assistant to join the UCC Marine Geosciences Research Group (https://www.ucc.ie/en/marinegeology/) in iCRAG (https://www.icrag-centre.org/) to develop a GIS-based Multi-Criteria Decision support tool to assist Hexagon Energy in determining optimal sites for offshore windfarm development.

Position Description: The Research Assistant will develop new GIS-based multi-criteria based tools to assess spatial opportunity and constraint data assessments to determine optimal offshore wind energy site development opportunities. Wind energy resources off the west coast of Ireland are significant, however the sea and seabed conditions offer varied challenges due to a complex geological history of glaciation, high environmental value and exposure to storm systems. In addition, this marine space is shared with a number of critical stakeholders. In order to determine the most pragmatic sites for development cognisant of social acceptance and environmental impact, critical analysis of marine spatial datasets becomes paramount. The Assistant will be involved in collect and standardising raster data layers, engage in a stakeholder workshop to rank data priorities and build the GIS-based MCDM tool kit enabling Monte Carlo simulation outputs.

The successful candidate will be a member of School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences Graduate School at University College Cork, starting as soon as possible, with a salary up to €39,556 (Y1) to €40,691 (Y2) depending on experience.

Candidate Experience: The candidate should have 2H1 or higher in GIS, computer science or equivalent. Experience with Python programming and Monte Carlo simulations is preferable. The candidate should be a team player, fluent in English and with good presentation skills.

Application: Please e-mail a CV and a cover letter (stating Job Title) outlining your experience and motivation to Professor Andy Wheeler (a.wheeler@ucc.ie). Enquiries to a.wheeler@ucc.ie. Closing date for application is 25th September 2023.

posted: 23 August 2023     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.