Ref. No.
RES024-21
Closing Date
5.00pm Friday, 12th March 2021

PostDoctoral Research Fellow Climate Change Irish Centre for HighEnd Computing NUI Galway (RES02421)

Great Opportunity for Post-Doc Climate Scientist with ICHEC

Overview

PostDoctoral Research Fellow Climate Change Irish Centre for HighEnd Computing NUI Galway (RES02421) 

Job Description

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time fixed term 24-month position as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC), National University of Ireland, Galway. This position is available from earliest possible start date of late March 2021.The position can be based in Dublin or Galway but will involve working from home initially.

About ICHEC

The Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) is the national centre for High-Performance Computing (HPC) in Ireland. The work involves using HPC-aided techniques for computer modelling, data management, big data analytics, artificial intelligence and performance engineering to develop solutions for a wide range of domains including environmental sciences, geophysics, healthcare and others. ICHEC engages with a number of national and international public sector organisations, enterprises and Government Agencies & Departments. For more details visit www.ichec.ie.

Job Description

The successful candidate will support the development, writing and production of Ireland’s first Five Year Assessment Report on Climate Change (5YAR-1). The overall process will be co-ordinated by a Steering Group established by the membership bodies of the Climate Research Coordination Committee (CRCC) and chaired by the EPA. The assessment report provides a unique opportunity to deliver a comprehensive Ireland-focused, state of scientific knowledge report on our understanding of climate change, the options to respond to the challenges it poses, and the opportunities that may arise from the planned transition to a climate neutral and climate resilient economy and society. The report will provide an authoritative assessment of our understanding of climate change (based on scientific research and systematic observations in Ireland, linked EU and global analysis) and provide summary information which can inform decision making on climate actions. It will serve to identify research gaps to inform future research investment needs and priority research issues.

The report will be focused on outcomes from research in Ireland and Europe and build on material provided by the IPCC during its 6th Assessment cycle. It will use data from observations systems in Ireland as identified under the Global Climate Observation System (GCOS) as well as information from the Copernicus programme. The final report will be based around four volumes (outlined below), together with a synthesis report integrating key insights from each volume.

  1. Science: Ireland in a changing world
  2. Achieving climate neutrality by 2050
  3. Being prepared for Ireland’s future climate
  4. Realising the benefits of transition and transformation

Duties:
The successful candidate will report to the Climate Science Programme Manager, and have the following duties:

1. Collaborate with other lead authors on the development and authorship of Volume 3. This volume will build on the information contained in IPCC AR6 WGII report, and material in the Special Reports. It will update and extend the analysis provided in the EPA State of Knowledge Reports (2012, 2017). It will aim to identify robust information that can be included in Climate Ireland portal to advance the National Adaptation Framework process. Indicative headings could include:

  • Impacts of global climate change,
  • Global sectoral and geographical impacts
  • Extremes and slow onset changes,
  • Vulnerability, exposure and risk assessment,
  • Adaptation options and building resilience,
  • Benefits and opportunities from planned adaptation,
  • Areas of interest/concern for Ireland.

2. Attend and participate in an initial workshop with the EPA and wider Steering Committee, to consider and agree the scope of the relevant 5YAR volume. This workshop will also consider linked IPCC and other scoping material. The agreed scope for each volume is expected to be a short document.
3. Attend and contribute to Steering Committee meetings.
4. Ensure ongoing cooperation with the Steering Committee, responding to all recommendations and queries as required.
5. Produce a short summary for policy makers, as a constituent part of Volume 3, in cooperation with the other lead authors for sign-off by the Steering Committee.
6. Collaborate with the Academic Leads responsible for production of the other volumes, and the Steering Committee, as appropriate and to develop the scope of the Synthesis Report with the steering groups.
7. Production and delivery to the EPA of Volume 3 of the 5-Year Assessment Report (in collaboration with other lead authors). The Academic Lead and lead authors will be required to participate fully in this process including leading the provision of responses to review comments.
8. Contribute to the writing and production of the Synthesis Report.
9. Engage with partner organisations and stakeholders during the course of the project.

Qualifications

Applicants must have a PhD in Climate Science or a related discipline. Applicants should also have a minimum of 4 years’ relevant postdoctoral research experience or equivalent.

Essential Requirements

  • A robust record of peer review publications in climate science;
  • Knowledge of the Irish climate change policy landscape;
  • Experience working within a team on climate change analysis and report/paper writing;
  • Excellent empirical research, analytical, and writing skills;
  • Proven ability to work in an interdisciplinary setting;
  • Strong interpersonal and organisational skills;
  • Ability to communicate effectively to both academic and general audiences;
  • Experience in the production of scientific assessment reports;
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering high quality outputs on a demanding schedule.

Desirable Requirements

  • Previous involvement with, or contributions to, international (e.g., IPCC) and/or national climate reports.
  • Experience analysing and interpreting large climate datasets.
  • Experience with climate data analysis and visualization software (e.g., cdo, ncl).
  • Experience in building, optimising and deploying climate data science analysis workflows on HPC systems.

Continuing Professional Development/Training:
Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.

Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway.

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

Further information about ICHEC is available at www.ichec.ie.

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 recruit@ichec.ie. Please put reference number RES024-21 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00pm (Irish time) on Friday, 12th March 2021

Interviews are planned for week commencing, 15th March 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

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

We reserve the right to re-advertise or extend the closing date for this post.

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

About the Company

Company: NUI Galway

Company Location:  Dublin 

Salary: Research Fellow Scale: € 55,811 (Point 1 of the IUA Research Fellow Salary scale)

Start date: Position is available from late March 2021

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00pm (Irish time) on Friday, 12th March 2021

Interviews are planned for week commencing, 15th March 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

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

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

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