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Postdoctoral Researcher - Green hydrogen supply chain optimisation for Ireland and Mallorca - Ref. No. NUIG RES 209-21



Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, 24-month fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Researcher working on green hydrogen supply chain optimization. The position will be based in Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Ireland Galway and is available from 1 January 2022. The successful candidate will divide their time between the following projects:
1. HyLIGHT, 75%, funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and a 25-strong industry consortium through MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine, to develop a green hydrogen roadmap for Ireland, and
2. GreenHysland, 25%, funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU) to develop and implement a hydrogen ecosystem on Mallorca.

The successful candidate will work in Dr Rory Monaghan’s research team, which is exploring the optimisation of green hydrogen supply chains in Ireland and elsewhere (see Ref 1, Ref 2, Ref 3), in collaboration with a wide range of industrial and academic partners in Ireland, the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, and other countries.

Job Description:
The successful candidate will conduct the following activities that are central to the project:
1. Significantly contribute to the project management of NUI Galway’s participation in HyLIGHT and GreenHysland, including technical and financial reporting.
2. Coordinate of exchange of all information and data between NUI Galway and relevant partners for supply chain modelling.
3. Assist in the supervision of HyLIGHT and other related PhD students at NUI Galway.
4. Develop short-, medium-, and long-term supply chain scenarios for green hydrogen in Ireland and Mallorca, considering different electricity supplies (onshore/offshore wind, PV, grid), energy end-uses, supply chain sizes, geographical locations.
5. Conduct geospatial mapping, techno-economic assessment and optimisation of the developed scenarios (Ref 1).
6. Quantify of sensitivity, uncertainty, and reliability of the developed supply chain models.
7. Prepare periodic and final reports of findings.

Additional Duties:
In addition to the tasks listed above, the successful candidate will:
1. Prepare abstracts, manuscripts, and presentations for dissemination of the work in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals, and international conferences.
2. Assist in the operation of the research group by assisting in the following: (i) PhD student supervision, (ii) day-to-day management, and (iii) writing research funding applications.
3. Develop their teaching skills by contributing to lectures and undergraduate project supervision.
4. Work with high degrees of independence and dedication to ensure the successful completion of the work and their development as an independent researcher.

Essential Requirements:
• Hold a PhD degree in Engineering with thesis relevant to this project.
• Have a strong publication record as a senior author in peer-reviewed journal papers.
• Have demonstrable expertise in use of engineering modelling software in energy applications, e.g., Excel, Matlab, Python, Jupyter, C++, Fortran, open source platforms, PyPsa
• Have excellent written, spoken and presentation English communication skills

Desirable Requirements:
• Have experience in writing research funding applications.
• Have experience in helping to supervise undergraduate and/or postgraduate projects.
• Have experience in project and/or research group management.

Salary: €38,631.00 per annum pro rata for shorter and/or part-time contract (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply).

Start date: Position is available from the 1st of January 2022

Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans. NUI Galway provides continuing professional development supports for all researchers seeking to build their own career pathways either within or beyond academia. Researchers are encouraged to engage with our Researcher Development Centre (RDC) upon commencing employment - see www.nuigalway.ie/rdc for further information.

For information on moving to Ireland please see www.euraxess.ie

NB: Gárda vetting is a requirement for this post (as appropriate to Child Protection Policy)

Further information about the research partners is available at the links given above. Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Dr Rory Monaghan at NUI Galway ([email protected]).

To Apply:
Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Dr Rory Monaghan ([email protected]).
Please put reference number NUIG RES 209-21 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm Friday 8th October 2021

Due to the University closure related to COVID-19, interviews may have to take place virtually and start dates may need to be delayed

NUI Galway reserve the right to readvertise or extend the closing date for this post.

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment

National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.


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