Postdoctoral Researcher in Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Environmental Research
University College Cork School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Environmental Research Institute

Post-Doctoral Researcher, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Environmental Research Institute

16 Months, Fixed-Term, Whole-time Post

Position Summary

We are seeking a highly motivated Post-Doctoral Researcher for a project entitled ‘Proactive Optical Monitoring of Dissolved Organic Matter for Drinking Water Source Protection (PRODOM)’ funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (Ireland) which commenced in 2020. The post is for an anticipated duration of 16 months and the appointed candidate is expected to start as soon as possible and no later than the end of March 2022. The Post-Doctoral Researcher will be at the centre of a multi-disciplinary research team investigating the dynamics disinfection byproducts (DBPs) precursors, which form during chlorination of drinking water, under a range of land use types found in Ireland. The appointee will work mostly on the high-frequency monitoring work package which will evaluate the potential of in-situ UV-Vis fluorescence spectroscopy as a possible early warning tool to predict DBP formation at the outlet of an instrumented catchment, with a focus on river flow event dynamics. A broad range of DBPs are being considered in the project including trihalomethanes, haloacetic acids, haloacetonitriles and halonitromethanes. The Post-Doctoral Researcher will be expected to engage with the international scientific community through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at major conferences. The successful candidate will write the final technical report for the research project which will be published to inform policy on the protection and management of drinking water sources for DBP formation risk reduction.

Applicants should be highly motivated and hold a PhD in Hydrology, Biogeochemistry, Environmental Science or closely related discipline. Demonstrated experience in R, scientific writing and working with high-frequency hydrological/water quality time series datasets is essential. Significant experience in EEM fluorescence spectroscopy, laboratory DBP formation potential studies and QGIS is desirable. Practical experience of in-situ of UV-Vis fluorescence spectroscopy and/or working with automatic water samplers would be a distinct advantage.

This trans-disciplinary project has involved a combination of laboratory and field-based research undertaken at the School of Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences, Environmental Research Institute and School of Chemistry at UCC in collaboration with the Water Science Institute of Cranfield University. The successful candidate will join a multi-disciplinary research group of biogeochemists, hydrogeologists, aquatic ecologists and environmental scientists working on managing and improving the water quality of freshwater resources in Ireland.

The School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences and the School of Chemistry are proud to hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. Advancing gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

Post Duration: 16 months

Salary: €39,130 - €46,442 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Project: Proactive Optical Monitoring of Dissolved Organic Matter for Drinking Water Source Protection (PRODOM)

For an information package including further details of the post see

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr John Weatherill, Principal Investigator, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Tel: + 353 (0)87 394 3506; Email:

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title and project name.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 4 February 2022. 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.

UCC is committed to creating and fully embracing an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated. As a University we strive to create a workplace that reflects the diversity of our student population where people from a wide variety of backgrounds learn from one another, share ideas, and work collaboratively. UCC is committed to being an employer that recognises the value of diversity amongst its staff. We encourage applicants to consult our policies at and initiatives at and we welcome applications from everyone, including those who are underrepresented in the protected characteristics set out in our Equal Opportunities & Diversity Policy.


Contact Person : Dr John Weatherill

Contact Email :

Job ID : 053071

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Close Date : 04-Feb-2022 12:00

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