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IERC Senior Researcher – Embedded and Distributed Generation Team Lead

BMA-20 IERC Senior Researcher – Embedded and Distributed Generation Team Lead

Contract Type Full Time / Specified Purpose

Job Description

The International Energy Research Centre (IERC), hosted at Tyndall National Institute (TNI) is recruiting for the role of Senior Researcher – Embedded and Distributed Generation team lead. The post-holder must understand the latest trends in distributed generation and microgrids, and building electricity systems research, the associated energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, and relevant policies and regulations. 

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 appointee will be a leading member of the core research team reporting to the Head of Research who reports to the IERC Executive Director.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • To grow and develop a research team focused on embedded and distributed generation research
  • To lead the IERC’s work on embedded and distributed generation research while providing vision and direction for renewable generation systems integration and buildings electricity systems research at the IERC
  • To monitor, analyse and forecast developments in national and international research and innovations, and collaborate with IERC partner organisations (national and international) in specification, and delivery of research and analytical projects that can deliver transformative demand side innovations for the Irish electricity sector
  • To generate new funding streams and build the core team’s expertise and capability to deliver fully collaborative projects in this critical area
  • To Identify potential funding streams for bringing in PhD students as part of growing the capacity of the team and provide supervision for those students
  • To develop a team of thought leaders in the embedded and distributed generation area
  • To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post

Essential Criteria

  • A PhD equivalent research experience in electrical engineering, physics or relevant area
  • At least 8 years’ experience in energy systems research
  • Experience with leading technically complex and at-scale projects(e.g. feasibility studies and techno-economic modelling of large scale distributed generation and electricity storage systems) which will provide pre-commercial outputs for industry
  • Proven track record in writing successful competitively won research proposals
  • Evidence of leading on projects that work directly with industry, and mentoring others to demonstrate an understanding of industry needs
  • Evidence of esteem and standing in the embedded generation and electricity end-use research community (e.g., academic output such as peer reviewed publications and invited presentations, international guest lectureships )
  • Proven experience in leading teams of post-doc and early career researchers

 Desirable Criteria

  • Demonstrated experience in holistic energy system analysis, including non-technical, non-energy issues
  • Experience of responding to government or other institutional consultations
  • Highly self-motivated, performs at a high level and able to demonstrate initiative
  • Demonstrates resilience in the face of challenging circumstances and increasing pressure on time and resources
  • Excellent communication, organisation and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrates motivation for self-improvement and positively contributes to the overall improvement of the team and the working environment

This is a full-time, specified purpose position with the IERC, starting at appointment and aligned with available funding.  The IERC is an equal opportunity employer supporting a collaborative and creative working environment. 

This position may be appointed on the Senior Executive Administrative Scales 6A in the range €58,799- €74,228.  All appointments will be made at the first point on the scale.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Beth Massey at Further information is available at

Closing Date for Applications is 5.00pm on 12th April 2019.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the application form and indicate BMA-20 as the Job Reference

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

A full candidate information pack is available to download by clicking here.

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.

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