Professor of Marine Renewable Energy

Cork (IE)
14 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Jul 2018


Permanent Whole-Time Post

UCC wishes to appoint a world leading academic in Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) to a Professorship in the School of Engineering in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science. This professorship is an exciting opportunity for leadership in providing a vision for harnessing Ireland’s MRE potential and in providing international leadership to the MRE sector. Ireland is uniquely placed in terms of its MRE resources, owning 15% of EU waters and having one of the world’s highest wave energy resources. 

UCC School of Engineering has been involved in energy engineering research for over 35 years. The School has particular research strengths in MRE, bioenergy and in energy policy and modelling, where UCC leads nationally and plays a significant role internationally in these research areas.

The Professor of MRE will be a full-time post through UCC’s School of Engineering, with the research base at the MaREI Centre in UCC’s Beaufort Building, Ringaskiddy Co. Cork. In particular, this is an opportunity to fully optimise the state of the art facilities at the MaREI Centre’s LIR National Ocean Test Facilities at UCC. 

The Professor will focus on systems leading to large-scale roll-out of prototype-scale, grid-connected technologies, with the ultimate aim to increase technology readiness level (TRL), reduce time-to-market and reduce costs to a competitive level. She/he will lead the design and testing of novel wave, tidal and offshore wind energy devices, as well as integrating into the research programme hydrodynamic modelling and lower-cost, high-performance materials and surface coatings to ensure long-term performance. The successful candidate will be required to apply for an SFI Research Professorship.

Working under the general direction of the Head of the School of Engineering, the Professor will be expected to provide leadership and support for the School’s research and teaching activities. The successful applicant will demonstrate exceptional academic leadership for the development of MRE through teaching, research and scholarship. The professor will have a significant track record in wave energy, coastal engineering and have proven experience of managing ocean test facilities.

The professor will be a scholar with an extensive publication record in top peer review academic press and a pioneer for the harnessing and application of MRE. She/he will work with others to develop innovative technologies and systems required for maximisation of potential for ocean devices from the ocean to the end-user. He/she will work with the School of Engineering and MaREI to establish Ireland as a global leader in MRE.
Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

For an information package including full details of the post, selection criteria and application process see   The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

For informal discussion, contact Prof. Liam Marnane, Head of the School of Engineering.  Email: / Tel: +353 21 490 2041.  Further information on the Department is available at   
Appointment may be made on the Professorial Salary Scale: €111,196 - €144,187 (Scale B).

In all instances the successful appointment will be at the first point of the scale.

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal. Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title. 

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Tuesday, 3rd July 2018. 

Interviews for this post will be held on Monday, 23rd July 2018.

No late applications will be accepted.


Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector