Researcher in Innovation, Networking and Learning in the Water Industry

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Trinity Business School invites applications for a Researcher, part-funded under the ERDF INTERREG Ireland-Wales Co-operation Programme 2014-2020 (Contract No. 80910). In this multi-disciplinary research, the Business School is collaborating with the School of Engineering at Trinity College Dublin, and Bangor University Wales. 

The broad aim of the Dŵr Uisce project (Distributing our Water Resources: Utilising Integrated, Smart & low-Carbon Energy) is to improve the long-term sustainability of water supply, treatment and end-use in Ireland and Wales through:

  • Developing and demonstrating innovative technology platforms
  • Developing policy and best practice guidelines to facilitate the implementation of integrated low-carbon and smart energy solutions for the sector
  • Undertaking economic and environmental impact assessments

This appointment involves hands-on engagement with industry and with other researchers. A key focus is the development of a smart specialisation cluster of organisations in the water sector. The cluster aims to stimulate innovation through collaboration, demonstration and knowledge exchange in the development, assessment, implementation and management of energy recovery systems for the water sector.

The successful candidate will facilitate:

  • The development and growth of a Water-Energy smart specialisation cluster through engaging with industry and researchers in relation to technology, processes and services.
  • Learning by industry members with and from each other through collaborative action built around technology demonstration sites.
  • Maintaining a vibrant online presence at https://www.dwr-uisce.eu/ to enable knowledge transfer among cluster members and to raise awareness of the water-energy challenge.
  • The coordination of an annual cross-border water-energy conference to showcase the project.
  • Delivery of project reports, deliverables and other administrative duties. These deliverables include the presentation and publication of co-authored conference papers and journal articles.

The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary and cross-border research team undertaking a €3.3 million EU project. The team employs a number of methodologies including action research and action learning in order to contribute to practice and literature.

Applicants for appointment at postdoctoral researcher level must hold a PhD in a business, management, engineering management or environmental management.  Applicants for appointment at research assistant level should hold a master’s degree in business, management, engineering management or environmental management. All applicants must provide evidence of the following:

  • A research record relating to management of innovation, operations improvement or organisational learning that includes evidence of recent publications
  • Engagement with business and management practice related to innovation, operations improvement or organisational learning
  • The ability to engage as a member of a multi-disciplinary research team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and an ability to present and communicate ideas and concepts clearly in educational and industry contexts.

Please send a cover letter, CV and the names of two referees, at least one of whom should be an academic, to the address below on or before December 15 2017.

The appointment may commence in January 2017 or at the earliest date thereafter. Salary €37,750 to €42,394.  The term of the contract may extend to August 31 2021.

Prof. Paul Coughlan
Trinity Business School, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland
Email: coughlnp@tcd.ie                                
Telephone +353-1-8962327 

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