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Researcher - Electrical Energy Storage - IERC

BMA-9 Researcher - Electrical Energy Storage - IERC

Contract Type: Full Time/ Fixed Term

The International Energy Research Centre (IERC), hosted at Tyndall National Institute, invites applications for the position of Researcher in the thematic area of Embedded and Distributed Generation Systems.

The IERC is a translational research centre focused on delivering demand side energy efficiency through the development of integrated, systems level solutions.  IERC research projects bring together value chains of Industry Partners (Energy Service Companies, Technology Integrators, Facilities Management Companies, ICT and Telecoms Companies, etc.), with leading Research Institutions to deliver innovative and commercially relevant solutions to the Energy Sector.  The Centre is currently developing new activity under the strategic thematic areas of Low Carbon Heating and Cooling, Energy Efficiency and Analytics and Distributed Generation Systems. 

The IERC core research team includes researchers and senior researchers, who report to the Head of Research and conduct specified pieces of research, as directed by the IERC Steering Committee.

The role of 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. They will act as translators of both industry needs and academic research objectives in order to bring about highly structured and well defined research projects.

The Researcher – Electrical Energy Storage role will conduct research on electrical energy storage systems and their applications in the thematic area of Embedded and Distributed Generation Systems to support the IERC in its development and implementation of its industry led research project portfolio.

IERC Researchers are expected to participate in the definition and execution of fully collaborative projects, particularly where special expertise can make a direct contribution and generally for quality control purposes.  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 EU and other external funding streams.

Key Responsibilities

  • To support the specification of research and analytical projects that require professional input from a power systems and electricity market perspective
  • To monitor, analyse and forecast developments in national and international energy storage markets and industry in the short and medium term, with particular focus on the energy demand side
  • To collaborate with IERC member organisations, the energy industry and research performing organisations in the analysis of the impact of the renewables market developments on the Irish and EU economies
  • To conduct analysis on research topics, on areas including energy demand and security, with the objective of contributing to Innovation Needs Assessments and collaborative research projects
  • To anticipate and contribute to qualitative and quantitative analysis of topical issues confronting the IERC, highlighting innovation opportunities
  • To contribute to and potentially lead in grant proposal writing including technical, management and financial volumes for EU and other funding streams
  • To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research
  • 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.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria 

  • PhD in Electrical/Electronic Engineering/Power Electronics or in relevant field
  • At least 1 year post-doc experience in power electronics converter design and control for electrical energy storage systems in distributed generation network
  • At least 1 year hardware experience on converters design, hardware-in-the-loop (HIL), prototype development or any real-time controlling platform in the relevant areas
  • At least 1 year user experience with design and modelling tools: Matlab SPS/PSIM/PSCAD or other electrical and power electronics simulation tools
  • Strong understanding of the distributed energy storage systems (system integration, central and distributed control, grid application)
  • Demonstrable experience in quantitative data analysis and in developing analytical methodologies and energy models, and their use for policymaking.

Desired Criteria 

  • Strong preference for a primary degree/masters in electrical engineering
  • Experience leading and managing projects, preferably in working collaboratively with industry
  • Highly self-motivated and able to demonstrate initiative
  • Excellent communication, organisation and interpersonal skills

Appointment may be made on the IUA Researcher Scale €37,221-€44,266 depending on qualification and experience.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Beth Massey, email

Further information on the Department is available at

Application Instructions

Step 1-  click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate BMA-9 as the Job Reference

Step 2 - return 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.

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.