National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)

NUIG 096-19, Postdoctoral Researcher /Research Associate (INNOQUA project),

National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)

Galway, Ireland

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a fixed-term 12 month contract position for a Postdoctoral Researcher/Research Associate (Water/Wastewater Engineering) as part of the INNOQUA project with the College of Engineering and Informatics (Civil Engineering), National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway). The position is available on a part-time basis (3 days per week).

About the post:

The researcher will join the INNOQUA team within a highly dynamic, international research cluster performing leading edge research on sustainable infrastructure, water and wastewater engineering and infrastructure modelling. The research team, affiliated with IRUSE, the Ryan Institute of Environment, Marine and Energy, has strong connections with leading industry and academic institutions across Europe and around the world and performs research in areas that include:

  • Water supply, water and wastewater treatment
  • Building information modelling
  • Systems integration and optimisation
  • Development of novel, sustainable environmental technologies
  • Environmental life cycle assessment


The successful candidate will directly report to the INNOQUA project manager.


INNOQUA is a Horizon 2020 EU-funded project involving 20 partners in 11 countries that seeks to demonstrate, in real conditions, a modular system for water treatment based on the purifying capacity of biological microorganisms (earthworms, zooplankton and microalgae). The project will develop an ecological water sanitation system for rural areas and communities, for industries with specific characteristics (such as agriculture and aquaculture), for sustainable home-builders or collective housing owners and for developing countries.

Job Description

  • Conduct a specified programme of research to evaluate the performance of a number of nature based wastewater treatment technologies  
  • Design and execute site and laboratory research work related to INNOQUA to include sampling of on-site pilot scale systems, water/wastewater analysis and related operational/maintenance duties
  • Design, document and implement laboratory standard operating procedures (SOPs)

    • Data Management, data collection and analysis
    • Disseminate research results and activities through a variety of media
    • Engage in project reporting and administrative activities associated with the research programme and related activities
  • Assist in publication of results by proofreading, editing, and contributing ideas


Essential criteria:

  • Applicants must have a BE in Civil or Environmental Engineering or BSc Environmental/Analytical Science or related discipline.
  • Proven experience in the design and execution of laboratory testing programmes – particularly in water and wastewater analysis
  • Experience in calibrating and operating laboratory test equipment for water and wastewater analysis.
  • Evidence of experience in data management, data analysis and reporting
  • Evidence must be shown of excellent communication skills (both written and oral) in English
  • Good interpersonal skills, capable of using initiative and a good ability for critical thinking
  • Candidates will be required to drive and have access to their own transport. A full drivers licence which is valid in the Republic of Ireland is an essential requirement for this post.
  • Candidates must be able to start in June 2019


Desirable criteria:

  • A relevant post-graduate qualification (level 9 or level 10)
  • Experience working in largescale test sites or in a production/process environment
  • Previous experience in environmental engineering/science preferably within the wastewater/water sector
  • Experience of participation in EU research projects and/or collaboration with industry
  • Evidence of good track of publication record (academic and/or technical reporting) and academic/technical report writing experience


Salary: € 37,223 – €39,530 pro rata/ per annum


Start date: 01/06/2019


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.


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Informal enquiries about this post can be made to Eoghan Clifford (Senior Lecturer, Civil Engineering): or Louise Hannon (Research Fellow, Civil Engineering; INNOQUA project manager) (


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:


Applicants must put Ref. No. NUIG 096-19 in subject line of e-mail application.


The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm (Irish Time) on 24th May 2019.

Interviews will take place week of the 29th and 30th May 2019


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.


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NUIG 096-19, Postdoctoral Researcher /Research Associate (INNOQUA project),