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Postdoctoral Researcher (EARTH Project)

College of Engineering & Informatics

National University of Ireland, Galway

Ref. No. NUIG 046-17

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a fixed-term, 22-month contract position as a postdoctoral researcher with the Timber Engineering Research Group at the College of Engineering and Informatics, National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway).

Project Description:

Wood is widely recognised as a valuable and sustainable natural resource.  The development of added-value wood products from Irish forests has until now been mostly focussed on softwoods. As our broadleaf forests are maturing, hardwood thinnings are becoming more widely available as a result of forest management activities. The primary objective of the proposed research is to maximise the value of Irish hardwood forest thinnings by identifying potential added-value products from the resource. A study of current status of the resource will be undertaken to quantify the available dimensions from first and second thinnings. The physical and structural properties of the material will determined through experimental testing. A drying and durability study will be carried out. Based on the information arising out of these investigations, potential end-uses of the material will be identified.

This joint research project between the Timber Engineering Research Group, College of Engineering and Informatics, National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and the Teagasc Forestry Development Department is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s Competitive Research Funding Programmes. The project will be co-supervised by Dr. Ian Short, Teagasc Forestry Development Department.

Job Description:

The successful candidate will undertake

  • Resource quantification and evaluation
  • Experimental characterisation of hardwood thinnings and development of grading system
  • Development of novel engineered products
  • Cost benefit analysis for technologies developed
  • Assist in supervision of PhD students.
  • Preparation of project reports and dissemination of research outputs.

Essential criteria:

  • PhD degree in Structural or Civil Engineering, Wood Science or related discipline.
  • Excellent communication skills, demonstrated commitment to deliver and publish results, adaptability and the ability to work in a team environment.
  • Demonstrable experience of project management skills.
  • Evidence of good publication track record.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English.

Desirable criteria:

  • Experience in timber engineering, design and testing.
  • Experience in product development
  • Experience and capability in statistical analysis.

Salary: €37,750 per annum  

Start date: 1st May 2017

Further information about the Timber Engineering Research Group and the EARTH project is available at www.nuigalway.ie/terg.

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

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Informal enquiries about this post can be made to Dr. Annette Harte: annette.harte@nuigalway.ie

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.  

To Apply:

Applicants should send a covering letter, detailed CV and the names and addresses of at least three referees via e-mail (in Word or PDF format only) to: annette.harte@nuigalway.ie.

Applicants must put Ref. No. NUIG 046-17 in subject line of e-mail application.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Monday 20 March 2017.

Interviews are planned to be held on 29th March 2017.

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

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