Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1/2, School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy

University College Dublin

Job Description


Applications are invited for a temporary post of a UCD Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1/2 within UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy.

The MacAirH team are looking to add a post-doctoral researcher with strong data analysis, processing, and graphical presentation skills to the team. The researcher will join a project in its final year, with potential to co-author a number of potentially high impact publications.

MacAirH is funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. It will monitor, compare, model and analyse the in-use performance of heat pumps (HP) in retrofitted buildings, while also investigating other impacting building parameters. It will identify optimum operational settings and controls, and return guidance documents for best practice, system sizing and optimum control.

MacAirH will monitor a robust sample size of geographically dispersed air-to-water (with some exhaust air) heat pumps, in primarily domestic (with optional nondomestic) buildings pre and post retrofit. Comparison will be made with monitored traditional boiler-based systems and previously analysed new and retrofit buildings.

The vision of MacAirH is to uncover key operational lessons as Ireland embarks on the unprecedented mass-market implementation of heat pumps in retrofitted buildings. It will achieve this by following a developed monitoring methodology in over 50 already recruited buildings, mining the monitored data and furthering analysis using developed and validated HP and emitter models. The project will not just investigate HPs in isolation but will also associate HP performance with the building fabric, air tightness and importantly the occupants. It will look at the full life cycle of HPs, from carbon and costing perspectives.

The project builds on an established, effective collaboration of academics with energy agencies, city and county councils. It will develop guidance documents and compliant datasets for online publication, as well as disseminating the research widely through national and international industry and scientific academic publications

Salary Range: €42,783 - €49,177 Per Annum per annum.


Salary Range: €50,540 - €54,965 Per Annum

Appointment on the above range will be dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 22nd February 2024.

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD are unable to accept late applications.

UCD do not require assistance from Recruitment Agencies. Any CV's submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.

The PD1 position is intended for early stage researchers, either just after completion of a PhD or for someone entering a new area for the first time. If you have already completed your PD1 stage in UCD or will soon complete a PD1, or you are an external applicant whose total Postdoctoral experience, inclusive of the duration of the advertised post, would exceed 4 years, you should not apply and should refer to PD2 posts instead.

The PD2 post is intended for researchers that have completed PD1. As with the PD1, if you have already completed your PD2 stage in UCD or will soon complete a PD2, or your total Postdoctoral experience, inclusive of the duration of the advertised post, would exceed 6 years, you should not apply and should refer to Research Fellow posts instead.

Prior to application, further information (including application procedure) should be obtained from the Work at UCD website:


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