Current Vacancies

plastic Challenge

Basic Details

PhD Studentship: Chemical catalytic pre-treatments for the valorisation of mixed plastic waste

Salary: €22,000 tax-free per annum (+ university fees)
Location: Unversity College Cork
Hours: Full time 
Contract: 4 years
Deadline: Apply by 20th June 2024

Description

Plastics are by their nature designed to be durable and resistant to degradation, making them difficult to break down. Mixed plastic, which is comprised of a wide variety of different plastic types, represents a significant challenge in plastic waste management. This project will involve the synthesis of catalysts, with a particular focus on heterogeneous catalysis, for chemical catalytic pre-treatment of plastic to be applied in combined chemical-biological valorisation of mixed plastic waste. Catalytic degradation of mixed plastic produces a wide variety of high-value organic molecules with many useful applications. The project will also develop separation and recovery processes to isolate these useful molecules in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin.

Apply and Enquire

Please email the following information to Dr Gillian Collins (g.collins@ucc.ie), School of Chemistry, UCC as a single PDF file:

• A one-page cover letter outlining any relevant experience and your reasons for wanting to participate in the project.

• A Curriculum Vitae including your education history, courses, awards and skills.

• The deadline for applications is 20th June 2024

Animal Agriculture challenge

Basic Details

PhD Studentship in Animal Agriculture: Novel multispecies sward mixtures to enhance sustainability and resilience of livestock production systems

Salary: €22,000 tax-free per annum (+ university fees)
Location: University College Dublin – Lyons Farm
Hours: Full time 
Contract: 4 years
Deadline: Apply by 30th June 2024

Description

Multispecies swards (MSS) comprised of grasses, legumes and forage herbs, are a biological tool to enhance the sustainability of livestock production systems. Research at UCD Lyons Farm over the last decade has shown their ability to increase forage dry matter (DM) yield under reduced fertiliser nitrogen (N) inputs and enhance grazing livestock health and performance. However, it is essential that scientific research underpins the establishment and management recommendations associated with MSS. Reliable information regarding the factors that influence sward establishment and persistence of the forage herb component is required to ensure their potential to enhance the sustainability of livestock grazing systems is to be realised. It is also likely that there are further unexploited opportunities to enhance the performance, resilience and persistence of the swards through the inclusion of additional, novel species.

Apply and Enquire

Submit an electronic copy of Curriculum Vitae and a letter of interest simultaneously to Associate Professor Helen Sheridan (helen.sheridan@ucd) and Assistant Professor Zoe McKay (zoe.mckay@ucd.ie) prior to 30th June 2024.

recovering biodiversity Challenge

Basic Details

Postdoctoral researcher: Designing Farmland Sustainability Credits and Appropriate Market Regulation

Salary: €45,322 (PD1, Point 3 as per Researcher Salary Scale)
Location: Trinity College Dublin
Hours: Full time 
Contract: 2 years
Deadline: Applications considered on a rolling basis until position filled

Description

Farmland sustainability credits are one potential mechanism to deliver environmental goods at scale, with markets in sustainability credits operational in Australia and under development in the UK. This project will investigate the potential of farmland sustainability credits to deliver cost effective climate and biodiversity goods, design a financial instrument to package such sustainability goods and assess willingness to participate from farmers and willingness to pay from agri-food corporates. The necessary regulation required for efficient market functioning and the avoidance of market failure will be assessed and recommendations made to potential public regulators. 

Apply and Enquire

Interested applicants should send a cover letter describing their interests and skills, a CV, and a sample of recent research/work that demonstrates strong desired attributes to Cian White (ciwhite@tcd.ie) or Yvonne Buckley (buckleyy@tcd.ie)

SusAlgaeFuel – EU Research Project Manager

Basic Details

EU Research Project Manager: SusAlgaeFuel

Salary: €46,000 – €52,000 per annum pro rata

Location: University College Dublin

Hours: 0.5FTE (part-time)

Contract: 44 months

Deadline: Apply 5th of June 2024

Description

The successful candidate will report to the Lead PI (Dr Ronald Halim) at UCD. Dr. Halim is a Funded Investigator in the SFI Research Centre, BiOrbic. The project manager will join the BiOrbic Operations team and be a member of the UCD Algae Group. BiOrbic is a Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre performing both blue skies and industry-focused research to build and support the development of Ireland’s bioeconomy. The UCD Algae Group specialises in the development of novel science and technology in microalgae for integration in circular bioeconomy. Information about BiOrbic and UCD Algae group can be found in link 1 and link 2 respectively.

The successful candidate will assist Dr. Halim with all aspects of financial planning, administration, and management/coordination of SusAlgaeFuel. The Project Manager will be a key member of the management team and support the partners in adhering to the work-plan, its tasks, deliverables, and milestones over the four years of the programme. The postholder will be responsible for the on time financial and written reporting to the European Commission (EC) , event organisation, act as a contact point for the other EU partners, manage the project budget, and liaise with the EC.