PhD Research Position, Mapping the exposure, vulnerability and risk of extreme climate impacts in EU coastal cities

Job Posted: 30 Apr 2021
Closing Date for Applications: 23 May 2021
School: MaREI Centre, Environmental Research Institute and School of Engineering and Architecture
College: College of Science, Engineering and Food Science
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: see advert for details


Coastal cities are subject to extreme climate impacts under climate change – coastal flooding, erosion, etc. This PhD project, funded through a European (H2020) research project, will investigate and map the risks of extreme climate impacts in ten coastal cities in Europe. Its objectives are to:

  • Map past extreme climate events.
  • Identify key hazards in nominated coastal cities.
  • Map the exposure and vulnerability of nominated coastal cities to climate effects and sea level rise.
  • Conduct a baseline risk analysis and mapping of potential extreme climate impacts in nominated coastal cities.


  • First or Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) degree (or equivalent) in Engineering, preferably Civil Engineering.
  • Experience using research methods or other approaches relevant to the subject matter is desirable.
  • An understanding of Coastal Engineering is desirable – from academic modules, work or both.
  • An understanding of risk analysis is also desirable
  • Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent academic English writing skills.

Funding details

A stipend of €18,500 per annum. EU fees and research related travel are covered by the grant. Non-EU candidates will need to apply for a Non-EU fee waiver.

Duration and Start Date: 4 years – July 2021


For informal enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

MaREI Centre

MaREI is a key research centre within UCC’s Environmental Research Institute (ERI), which is an internationally recognised Institute for environmental research dedicated to the understanding and protection of our natural environment and to developing innovative technologies, tools and services to facilitate a transformation to a zero carbon and resource efficient society. The MaREI Centre is an SFI funded research centre headquartered in the ERI and includes 13 other Universities and Third Level Institutes from across Ireland, has 50 industrial partners and has accumulated research funding of approximately €60m. It combines the expertise of a wide range of research groups and industry partners, with the shared mission of solving the main scientific, technical and socio-economic challenges across the climate, energy and marine spaces.  MaREI is also funded by SEAI, EI, EPA, ERDF, EU, HEA, Marine Institute, DCCAE and IRC, as well as through contributions from our industry partners. Researchers in the MaREI Centre have over 30 years of experience in conducting fundamental and applied research supported by competitively won national and international funding, and commercial contracts with government agencies and industry. MaREI’s strengths lie in the multi-disciplinary nature of its research teams, allowing it to combine insights across areas such as MRE Technologies, Materials & Structures, Observations & Operations, Coastal & Marine Systems, Bioenergy, Energy Policy & Modelling and Renewable Energy Management

To Apply:

Please send the below documents by email to Gregorio Iglesias, c/o Grainne Lynch, Professor of Marine Renewable Energy, UCC, Email address:

  1. Your C.V. (Please include details of your Masters and Undergraduate theses, if appropriate)
  2. Cover letter including a 200-word motivation statement as to how you are best suited to this PhD position

Closing date for applications: 23 May 2021.


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