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BMA-14 Researcher - Building Energy Modeling

Contract: Full Time/Specified Purpose

The International Energy Research Centre (IERC) core research team is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative research group, who conduct specific pieces of research to meet the needs of industry and as approved by the IERC Steering Committee.  The core research team report to the Head of Research who reports to the IERC Executive Director.

The role of an IERC researcher is mainly, but not exclusively, to carry out Innovation Needs Assessments (INAs) and strategic research planning activities in order to define research objectives and research output specifications. IERC researchers will act as translators of both industry needs and academic research ambitions such that highly structured and well defined research projects can be defined, developed and delivered.

IERC researchers are expected to participate in fully collaborative projects, particularly where special expertise can make a direct contribution and generally for quality control purposes. IERC researchers are expected to have both academic and industry experience, together with a sound understanding of the wider energy landscape beyond their area of expertise. All researchers will be expected to initiate and contribute to writing of proposals for European and other external funding streams.

This post is a full-time, specified purpose position linked to the funding opportunities of the IERC. 


  • Contribute to the specification and proposal development for research projects conducted by IERC core research teams
  • Participate in and support the work with industry partners on a project
  • To support and work within the quality assurance processes and methods defined for project development and delivery
  • Develop as a thought leader and proactively generate research initiatives and ideas.
  • Provide positive critical analysis for such potential innovation opportunities with a view to solution-oriented outcomes
  • Participate in and contribute to grant proposal writing for EU and other funding streams
  • To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research group
  • To interact closely, as necessary, with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD and possibly have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with an academic supervisor.
  • To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research as necessary
  • To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post

Essential Criteria

  • A PhD qualification, or relevant research experience with proven track record of publications
  • At least 1 years’ research experience with measureable outcomes in at least two of the following building energy modelling areas:
  • Building thermal simulation
  • Building information modelling
  • Simplified building energy models
  • Interior daylighting models
  • Building energy system models (HVAC plant, hydronic networks etc)
  • Demonstrated capability of working within a project team to achieve results
  • A commitment to personal growth and development

Desirable Criteria

  • Detailed practical experience and reasonable working knowledge of at least two of the following:
  • Building thermal simulation
  • Building information modelling
  • Simplified building energy models
  • Interior daylighting models
  • Building energy system models (HVAC plant, hydronic networks, etc.)
  • Highly self-motivated and able to demonstrate initiative
  • Excellent communication, organisation and interpersonal skills
  • Evidence of leading research projects and project teams to successful completion
  • Experience of working collaboratively with industry
  • It is strongly desirable that candidates are able to demonstrate an ability to develop bespoke models for specific tasks as may become necessary during the course of research projects.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Beth Massey at

Further information on the Department is also available here.

Appointment may be made on the IUA Researcher Scale €36,853 - €43,828.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the application form

Step 2 – return the completed application form, together with your cv and motivation letter to

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process. 

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.

At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

The IERC at Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.