Senior Energy Policy Researcher

£45180.50 - £49811.50 per annum
Monday, 19 October 2020
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 19 November 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Applications are invited for a temporary post of a Senior Energy Policy Researcher within UCD School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive established a requirement for an independent energy performance certification system supported by independent mechanisms of control and verification. This is currently implemented in Ireland as the Building Energy Rating (BER) through the national calculation methodology. SEAI are responsible for the administration of the BER.

To instill trust in the market and incite investment in energy efficient buildings, it is important that the calculation methodology become more reliable, transparent, user-friendly and cost effective. The revised Energy Performance of Buildings directive published in 2018 calls for energy performance assessment of buildings to be considered in a more holistic manner, giving consideration to health in terms of thermal comfort and wellbeing, air quality and consideration to Embodied Energy.

With the move to Nearly Zero Energy Buildings and developments in the construction industry since in implementation of the original EPBD, it is also important that the methodology accurately reflect the performance of new technologies, the Smart Readiness of buildings and reflects changes in the construction industry such as the use of BIM models.

Energy Performance Certificates and grades are also used to drive policy for retrofitting the national building stock both through the Climate Action Plan and Long Term Renovation strategy. In this context, the accuracy of the calculation methodology is critical to meeting the National energy and carbon emission targets.

This project will initially be focused on the evidence building part of the process. SEAI have supported a number of RD&D projects looking at the operational performance of buildings including internal environmental quality in comparison to the Building Energy Rating.

The initial work under this fellowship will be focused on complying data into the operational performance and reviewing the current national calculation methodologies against CEN standards.

The role will involve engaging directly with the research in individual work streams (e.g. buildings, renewable heat, renewable electricity, etc.). A key part of the work will be to assist a project steering group with the coordination and logistics of the project. The goal of the project is to assess the current calculation methodologies and potential to improve the calculations, evaluate the costs and benefits of potential changes to the calculation methodology.

Longer term, the proposal will be to develop the calculation to take a more holistic approach to the building.
There may also be opportunities to get involved with international research task under the International Energy Agency's research collaboration on buildings.

Key knowledge and skills associated with this position include but is not limited to the following:

  • A post-graduate qualification in a relevant energy-related area preferably in an areas related to Energy Assessment of Building
  • A good knowledge of Ireland's energy-related research strengths and opportunities
  • An understanding of national and European sustainable energy policy priorities and how research can support achievement of these priorities
  • A good knowledge of the assessment of building physics, thermal performance, air tightness, thermal comfort and daylight.
  • Experience of the assessment of whole building energy performance
  • An understanding of the challenges and opportunities for Energy Performance Certificates in the Built Environment.

The successful candidate will be based in SEAI and will develop collaborative linkages with the UCD Energy Institute and the broader academic and energy policy system.

Salary: €50,000 - €55,125 per annum
Appointment on the above range will be dependent on qualifications

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 19th November 2020

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD are unable to accept late applications.

UCD do not require assistance from Recruitment Agencies. Any CV's submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.