Sustainability Solutions Manager, Innovation

Dublin, Leinster (IE)
€65,000 - €72,009 per annum (non-scale)
25 Jul 2022
End of advertisement period
29 Aug 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Applications are invited for a Temporary fixed-term post until 31 March 2025 of a Sustainability Solutions Manager (Sustainable Living Lab) within UCD Innovation Academy.

Do you have what it takes to inspire people and help them to unlock their true potential? Can you help us to change the face of education, and transform the way we work and learn? If that sounds like you, we want to hear from you.

You could become a part of something truly pioneering that's putting Ireland at the forefront of innovation. UCD Innovation Academy designs and delivers learning experiences in partnership with industry leaders, to give our students the key skills they need: Creativity, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Critical Thinking, Resilience, Collaboration and Leadership.

Our alumni go on to accelerate their careers and change the world, either from within their organisations or as entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs. The Sustainable Living Lab at the UCD Innovation Academy brings together students, teaching and operational teams to research and test sustainable solutions and new technologies, enhance our teaching programmes and solve real world challenges using the Innovation Academy as a test bed. It is part of the €17.5M Convene programme, and is based at our state-of-the-art facilities at the O'Brien Centre for Science in UCD, incorporating our newly launched Makerspace and MakerLab.

Pilot projects initiated to date include our partnership with UpCycle farm that acts as an exemplar in sustainable urban food production, transforming used coffee-cup lids to raw materials for 3D printing, building lab furniture from mycelium, our Virtual Reality `Workspaces of the Future' programme, and our `Designing the Future' elective programme that uses our Makerspace to enable students to develop essential hand-on skills to drive the circular economy. After a successful pilot we are now ready to grow our Sustainable Living Lab with a Sustainability Solutions Manager who will ensure that current and emerging sustainability related approaches and technologies (such as integrated renewables, recycling, upcycling, hydroponics, carbon capture etc.) are appropriately applied and integrated to enhance the work and working environment of the Sustainable Living Lab and across the Innovation Academy and its programmes.

This role is key to ensuring that sustainable technologies, approaches and solutions are appropriately applied to improve the learning and work environment for students, staff and collaborative partners. Reporting to the Head of Operational Innovation, the Sustainability Solutions Manager will work as part of a team of three with two Technology Integration Managers, working together to understand needs, innovate and test new approaches. Together they will lead the development of our Sustainable Living Lab and the services provided to the IA team, our programmes, the Convene Programme and the wider University through a process of exploration, experimentation and communication. As a Sustainability Solutions Manager you will ensure our students, the Innovation Academy and partner programmes are ready to flourish in an age of disruption and transition.

Salary range: €65,000 - €72,009 per annum (non-scale)

Appointment will be made on scale and in accordance with the Department of Finance guidelines

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 29th August 2022

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.

Prior to application, further information (including application procedure) should be obtained from the Work at UCD website:

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

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