Senior Researcher, Building Energy Modelling

Cork, Ireland
Competitive salary
21 Sep 2017
21 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The IERC core research team comprises of researchers and senior researchers, 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 and 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 capabilities such that highly structured and well defined research projects can be defined, developed and delivered.

Researchers are expected to participate in full collaborative projects, particularly where special expertise can make a direct contribution and generally for quality control purposes. Senior researchers have additional responsibilities of leading INA project work and in appropriate cases act as Principal Investigator on collaborative or external (e.g. EU) funded projects.  Senior researchers are, at times, expected to lead in both the technical and project management functions for projects and as such provide process expertise as and when needed to improve the operational functions of the centre.

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 EU and other external funding streams.

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

A Senior Researcher in building energy modelling should have detailed practical experience of at least one of the following, and reasonable working knowledge of at least two others:

  • Building thermal simulation
  • Building information modelling
  • Simplified building energy models
  • Interior daylighting models
  • Building energy system models (HVAC plant, hydronic networks etc)

In addition the person must be able to demonstrate an ability to develop bespoke models for specific tasks as may become necessary during the course of research projects.


  • Lead in the specification and proposal development for research projects conducted by IERC core research teams.
  • Lead the work with industry partners on a project and to coordinate technical and programmatic research activities for collaborative IERC projects.
  • Work with project managers to advise on appropriate competency levels and qualifications required to meet the personnel needs of project.
  • Work with financial managers to advise on the level of required funding and appropriate mix to support the project.
  • To be a thought leader and proactively generate research initiatives and ideas.
  • To lead, when necessary, in the quality assurance and methods definition for project development and delivery.
  • Anticipate and highlight potential innovation opportunities that meet and grow the strategic needs of the centre.
  • Provide positive critical analysis for such potential innovation opportunities with a view to solution-oriented outcomes.
  • Conduct specified programmes of research as required by industry partners and approved by the IERC steering committee.
  • Work with industry partners to develop calls for INAs and for proposals on collaborative research projects.
  • Lead 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 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.


  • A PhD qualification, or relevant research experience with proven track record of publications.
  • At least 3 years research experience with measureable outcomes.
  • Highly self-motivated and able to demonstrate initiative
  • Demonstrated capability of working within a project team to achieve results
  • Excellent communication, organisation and interpersonal skills
  • A commitment to personal growth and development
  • At least five years research experience with measureable outcomes
  • Evidence of leading research projects and project teams to successful completion
  • Experience of working collaboratively with industry
  • Experience with hiring and resource management
  • Record of excellence regarding winning external funding

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.

Handwritten forms will not be accepted.  No late applications will be accepted.

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.

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