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Researcher - Building Energy Modelling

COH-02 Researcher- Building Energy Modelling 

Contract Type: Full Time / Fixed Term

The International Energy Research Centre (IERC), hosted at Tyndall National Institute (TNI) is recruiting for the role of a post-doctoral researcher in the area of Building Energy Modelling. The role is part of the capacity building activities for the IERC and the successful candidate will report to the Senior Researcher for Building Energy Modelling activities.

The successful candidate will be expected to be independent, used to work in teams but able to take initiative. The candidate will also need to have an interest for self-development and industry collaboration.

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.

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 Irish, European and other external funding streams.

This post is a full-time position for 1 year from date of appointment, which might be renewed depending on progress. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • 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
  • 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
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the required Health and Safety standards.
  • 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 relevant PhD qualification to the subject, or equivalent relevant research experience with proven track record of publications in the field
  • Typically, with 2 years’ experience using EnergyPlus in a research capacity with strong measureable and demonstrable outcomes
  • Excellent knowledge of building physics and HVAC systems
  • The candidate will need to demonstrate strong analytical and real-world problem solving capabilities
  • Demonstration of good self-management, report writing skills and communication skills for interaction with project partners.
  • Ability for unsupervised learning of new and complex software packages
  • Demonstrated capability of working within a project team to achieve results and take initiative
  • A demonstrated commitment to personal growth and development

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience programming interfaces and modules for EnergyPlus is a highly desirable criterion
  • Detailed practical experience and reasonable working knowledge of at least one of the following:
  • Building information modelling
  • Daylighting models
  • Knowledge of Dymola for building energy system models (HVAC plant, hydronic networks, etc)
  • Evidence of leading research projects and teams to successful completion
  • Experience of working collaboratively with industry
  • Experience working in EU-funded projects, including MSCA
  • 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.

Appointment may be made on the IUA Scale for Post-Doctoral Researchers €37,873 - €45,041 pa.  Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Carlos Ochoa at

Further information on the Department is available at

Closing date of applications is 5pm, 24th July, 2020.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download and complete the application form and indicate Job Reference COH-02

Step 2 - Return the completed application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to

Handwritten forms will not be accepted. 

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.

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