NUIG 189-18, Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Physics

NUIG 189-18, Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Physics

NUI Galway

Galway, Ireland

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full time, fixed term position as a Postdoctoral researcher with the Exposure Science research group within the School of Physics at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

This position is funded by The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and is available from the earliest date possible to 31st December 2020 with a possibility to an extension.

 Deep Energy renovation (DR) adopts a whole building approach and achieves much larger energy savings than conventional energy renovations. DR includes the installation of mechanical ventilation, high levels of insulation and uses renewable energy technologies, to achieve building energy ratings (BER) of at least A3 and building air tightness levels greater than 5 m3/h.m2. Irelands 4th National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) identifies DR as a solution to achieve energy savings in the Irish residential built environment.

The impact of energy efficient measures such as DR on indoor air quality (IAQ) is largely understudied internationally. Although research shows that improving the energy performance of a building improves indoor temperature and occupant comfort, the impact on IAQ is unclear. This proposal, aims to measure the air concentration of ten priority pollutants for health in homes participating in SEAI’s DR Pilot programme, before and after deep energy renovations. A questionnaire survey will also be used to collect information on occupant comfort and how occupants use the energy saving features in their home.

This data is now required to support the implementation of SEAIs DR programme, beyond 2020. Research results will inform Irelands Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) ventilation strategy for DR in Ireland. The data will also help SEAI understand and address information barriers to the adoption of energy efficiency measures, specifically related to the impact of deep renovations on occupant comfort and air quality in the home. This research will make a significant contribution to international building energy research.

 Job Description:

The successful candidate will be responsible for designing and executing field surveys to collect indoor air pollutant, occupant comfort and building ventilation data in homes participating in SEAIs Deep energy Retrofit pilot programme. The role will also involve analyzing project data to understand the impact of DR on occupant comfort and exposure. The successful candidate will also be required to assist with project outreach activities and with the dissemination of project data both to project participants, at scientific conferences and to non-scientific audiences.

 Qualifications/Skills required:

 Essential Requirements:

  • PhD in Science or Engineering
  • A strong background in Environmental or occupational Exposure assessment
  • Evidence of scientific publication and dissemination of results at conferences
  • Knowledge of building ventilation technologies and testing
  • Driving licence

 Desirable Requirements:

  • Familiarity with research on outdoor and indoor air pollution studies
  • Experience in statistical analysis of environmental research data
  • Experience in science outreach activities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication (English language) skills 

Salary: €41,413 per annum, Increments will apply on the anniversary of your appointment          

 Start date: Position is available from February 1st   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

 For information on moving to Ireland please see

 Further information about the School of Physics is available at

 Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Dr Marie Coggins

 NB: Gárda vetting is a requirement for this post (as appropriate to Child Protection Policy)

 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 Marie Coggins at  

Please put reference number NUIG 189-18 in subject line of e-mail application.

 Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm Friday, 23rd November 2018.

 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. The School of Physics has a strong committment to promoting equality and diversity, and holds an Insitute of Physics Juno Pracitioner award (


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NUIG 189-18, Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Physics