Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Research
University College Cork

Post-Doctoral Researcher, MaREI Centre, Environmental Research Institute


Position Summary

X-Rotor is a €3.9M H2020 funded project with project partners in the UK, Netherlands, Spain and Norway aimed at developing new innovative offshore wind turbine design to reduce the cost of renewable power generation. University College Cork is responsible for assessing the environmental and social and economic impact of the XROTOR concept including investigating the impact of noise levels on sensitive marine species, as well as determining potential collision risk. A carbon and rare earth elements lifecycle analysis will also be completed. A feedback loop will be established with the engineering work packages to reduce the impacts and maximise the benefit of the XROTOR technology.

The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary XROTOR project team in UCC-MaREI and will form strong links with international project partners including University of Strathclyde and GE Wind Energy.


Considering the novel turbine design and levels of noise that the X-rotor will generate, the Post-Doctoral Researcher will conduct an analysis of collision risk for seabirds and investigate the effect of above-water noise on seabird behaviour. Seabirds have been shown to use auditory cues at-sea, and the Post-Doctoral Researcher will quantify noise levels and auditory cues used by seabirds using biologgers to inform models of turbine detectability and avoidance.


The Post-Doctoral Researcher will undertake a desktop study to compare marine mammal noise threshold values for auditory damage and behavioural responses to noise propagation models from operational turbines developed within the X-ROTOR programme to understand potential risk and appropriate mitigation.

Carbon and rare earth metals

The Post-Doctoral Researcher will prepare a full Lifecycle carbon assessment of both the X-Rotor and standard horizontal axis turbine concepts using the industry standard tool GaBi for which training will be provided. This will highlight opportunities to reduce the carbon intensity and the use of rare earth metals at the design phase.

The Post-Doctoral Researcher will be based in the MaREI Centre.

MaREI is a key research centre within UCC’s Environmental Research Institute (ERI) which is an internationally recognised Institute for environmental research dedicated to the understanding and protection of our natural environment and to developing innovative technologies, tools and services to facilitate a transformation to a zero carbon and resource efficient society. The MaREI Centre is an SFI funded research centre headquartered in the ERI and includes 12 other Universities and Third Level Institutes from across Ireland, has 50 industrial partners and has research funding of approximately €60m. It combines the expertise of a wide range of research groups and industry partners, with the shared mission of solving the main scientific, technical and socio-economic challenges across the climate, energy and marine spaces. MaREI is also funded by SEAI, EI, EPA, ERDF, EU, HEA, Marine Institute, DCCAE and IRC, as well as through contributions from our industry partners. Researchers in the MaREI Centre have over 30 years of experience in conducting fundamental and applied research supported by competitively won national and international funding, and commercial contracts with government agencies and industry. MaREI’s strengths lie in the multi-disciplinary nature of its research teams, allowing it to combine insights across areas such as MRE Technologies, Materials & Structures, Observations & Operations, Coastal & Marine Systems, Bioenergy, Energy Policy & Modelling and Renewable Energy Management.

Post Duration: 30 months

Salary: €38,630 - €45,942 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Project Title: XROTOR

For an information package including further details of the post see

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence Dr. Mark Jessopp; 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.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Thursday, 28th January 2021. 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.

Contact Person : Dr. Mark Jessopp Contact Email :
Job ID : 042752 Contact Number :
Close Date : 28-Jan-2021 12:00

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