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Postdoctoral Researcher, National University of Ireland, Ireland
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a part-time 36 month fixed-term contract position as a Postdoctoral Researcher (Energy Systems Integration with Water Assets) with the College of Engineering and Informatics (Civil Engineering), National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway).
About the post:
ESIPP”, is an €11m capacity building project co-funded by Science Foundation Ireland, industry and philanthropic donation. Energy systems have evolved over decades from individual energy devices and small sub- systems into a complex set of systems, both physical (e.g. electricity grids, gas networks, etc.), institutional (e.g. regulatory and economic) and at all scales (e.g. from individual buildings to continental scale). These systems are increasingly integrated physically (e.g. combined heat and power and electric vehicles), institutionally (e.g. gas/electricity markets) and across scales (e.g. demand side management in power grids). Energy Systems Integration (ESI) is focussed on the interfaces between these systems where there are new challenges and opportunities requiring research, demonstration and deployment to reap the commercial and societal benefits.
The researcher will join a highly dynamic, international research cluster performing leading edge research on sustainable infrastructure, water and wastewater engineering and infrastructure modelling. The research team, affiliated with IRUSE, the Ryan Institute of Environment, Marine and Energy, has strong connections with leading industry and academic institutions across Europe and around the world and performs research in areas that include:
  • Water supply, water and wastewater treatment
  • Energy systems engineering
  • Systems integration and optimisation
  • Development of novel, sustainable environmental technologies
  • Environmental life cycle assessment
The researcher will work directly with colleagues in the school of business at UCD and mechanical and manufacturing engineering (DCU) as part of this project.
Job Description
This position will focus on the use of water in the electricity generation sector. The researcher will benchmark and subsequently model the “water footprint” of the electricity generation sector. This work will, by investigating how and where water is used in electricity generation processes, inform improved efficiency and reduce impacts on water resources. The successful applicant will also investigate impacts of external factors such as climate change and demographics on water/energy interactions. The project will also investigate control systems engineering techniques that can better manage the use of water within industrial situations and thus impact on related energy usage. Key duties of this post include:
·         Research related to ESIPP project on two workpackages:
·         Water/Energy Nexus and modelling of risks to energy and water sectors associated with climate change and water availability
·         Characterising and modelling of energy usage by industrial buildings within water networks. Optimisation of water networks and associated energy usage in industrial buildings.
·         Delivering high impact publications for academic, industry and public audiences
·         Managing PhD researchers within ESIPP project at NUI Galway
·         Financial and administrative management of the project
·         Other related duties as required.
Essential criteria:
·         Applicants must have PhD in Engineering (Civil, Energy, Mechanical, Control Systems) – or demonstrate their PhD will be completed by the starting date.
·         Background in water engineering, control systems engineering or energy systems engineering
·         Available to start in August/September 2016
·         Experience managing (importing, cleaning, transforming, validating or modelling) large data sets.
·         Good written and oral English skills
Desirable criteria:
  • Capable of using initiative and a strong ability for critical thinking
  • Experience in Database Management Software (e.g. SQL)
  • Background in fault detection and diagnosis techniques
  • Experience of participation in interdisciplinary research projects and/or collaboration with industry
  • Strong background in statistical modelling, data analysis
  • Strong communication and technical writing skills (evidenced by history of publishing in academic, industry and public forums).
Salary: € 37,750 per annum pro-rata (Employment permit restrictions apply for this category of post)
Start date: August/September 2016
Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway. For information on moving to Ireland please see www.euraxess.ie.
Informal enquiries about this post can be made to Dr. Eoghan Clifford: eoghan.clifford@nuigalway.ie (Tel: +353-91-492219)
To Apply:
Applicants should send a covering letter, detailed CV and the names and addresses of at least three referees via e-mail (in Word or PDF format only) to: sean.mulligan@nuigalway.ie.
Applicants must put Ref. No. NUIG 080-16 in subject line of e-mail application.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday 15th July 2016.
Interviews will take place week of the 1st August 2016
National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer
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