Vacancies within the Timber Engineering Research Group

Please find current vacancies within the Timber Engineering Research Group below.

PhD Scholarship in Civil Engineering

The Timber Engineering Research Group (TERG) at NUI Galway is seeking applications for a funded-PhD position in Civil Engineering to join the SAOLWood project team under the supervision of Dr Patrick J. McGetrick.

The Sustainable construction and Assessment Of the full Lifecycle impact of Irish harvested Wood products (SAOLWood) project is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine under the 2021 Competitive Research Call (Project Ref: 2021R543) and will be carried out in partnership with the University of Limerick, Technological University Dublin and 8 industry partners.

Project Background: 

The SAOLWood project addresses the challenge of minimising the carbon footprint of construction projects, promoting greater use of sustainable timber solutions in place of high-embodied carbon materials. The overall objective is to deliver comprehensive whole lifecycle assessment quantifying the environmental, economic and social impacts of the use of locally sourced Irish wood products in the built environment, including creation of a new national lifecycle database for these products. This will enable key stakeholders and policy-makers to make informed decisions in promoting the use of Irish timber in enhanced solutions optimised for the whole building lifecycle, from raw material extraction to design, construction, and deconstruction. This supports current housing demands, growth of the circular bioeconomy, job creation and increased afforestation. For the first time, construction demand and land-use for forestry will be linked in lifecycle assessment to optimise returns to forest owners and identify novel uses of wood for sustainable construction.

Project Outline: 

This PhD project will involve the review and analysis of life-cycle inventory data for Irish wood products used in the built environment in Ireland, and the design and experimental testing of alternative building solutions, including timber frame elements and assemblies, with consideration for deconstruction and reuse at end-of-life.

The successful candidate will work alongside experienced researchers and 8 industry partners in the delivery of the project outcomes and will have access to state-of-the-art test facilities at NUI Galway.

Required Skills / Qualifications/ Aptitudes:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (2.1 grade or higher) in Timber Engineering, Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering or a closely related discipline
  • Knowledge of structural design
  • Report writing experience
  • Experience in life cycle assessment or embodied carbon calculation is desirable

Specific Requirements:

  • Analytical and critical evaluation skills.
  • Excellent English communication skills, in particular, report writing and presentation skills.
  • Attention to detail and strong organisational skills.
  • Ability to manage a complex workload and work to tight deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Funding:

The scholarship will be awarded for a maximum period of 4 years

Funding will cover the following for eligible applicants:

  • A tax-free stipend of €18,000 per annum
  • EU tuition fees
  • Travel/Consumables/Materials budget

Please send applications to Dr Patrick McGetrick (patrick.mcgetrick@nuigalway.ie) in a single PDF document that includes a cover letter and CV. Use the subject line “PhD Application – SAOLWood”.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on 17th January 2022.

Download the Advert

MEngSc Scholarship in Civil Engineering

The Timber Engineering Research Group (TERG) at NUI Galway is seeking applications for a funded MEngSc research position in Civil Engineering to join the Opps4GPP project team under the supervision of Dr Patrick J. McGetrick.

The Opportunities for Green Public Procurement to improve implementation of circular practice (Opps4GPP; Project Ref: 2021-GCE-1039) project is funded under the EPA Research Programme 2021-2030 and co-funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The EPA Research Programme is a Government of Ireland initiative funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications.

Project Background: 

The primary objectives of the Opps4Gpp project are to identify and examine opportunities for green public procurement (GPP) in Ireland, quantify the associated costs and benefits, and disseminate findings to relevant public bodies and key stakeholders. The project is primarily focused on GPP in relation to public building projects and will involve whole life cycle assessment (LCA) of case study public building projects, recommendation of GPP criteria and metrics for adoption in Ireland, and development of an innovation systems approach to critically evaluate and address implementation gaps in both GPP policy and practice in Ireland.

Project Outline: 

This MEngSc research project will initially involve the review and comparison of GPP policy and practice in Ireland against best international practice, considering the expected impact of recommended GPP criteria and how the environmental performance of materials is assessed during the design and procurement of new public construction projects. Life cycle assessment (LCA) of case study public building project(s) will follow, for example in housing, education or public amenity. A list of products and services for GPP in Ireland, including low carbon construction materials and products, will also be developed.

The successful candidate will work alongside experienced researchers and four public bodies in the delivery of the project outcomes at NUI Galway.

Required Skills / Qualifications/ Aptitudes:

  • Bachelor’s degree (2.1 grade or higher) in Timber Engineering, Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering or a closely related discipline
  • Knowledge of structural design
  • Report writing experience
  • Experience in life cycle assessment or embodied carbon calculation is desirable

Specific Requirements:

  • Analytical and critical evaluation skills.
  • Excellent English communication skills, in particular, report writing and presentation skills.
  • Attention to detail and strong organisational skills.
  • Ability to manage a complex workload and work to tight deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Funding:

The scholarship will be awarded for a maximum period of 2 years

Funding will cover the following for eligible applicants:

  • A tax-free stipend of €18,500 per annum
  • EU tuition fees
  • Travel/Consumables/Materials budget

Please send applications to Dr Patrick J. McGetrick (patrick.mcgetrick@nuigalway.ie) in a single PDF document that includes a cover letter and CV. Use the subject line “MEngSc Application – Opps4GPP”.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on 21st January 2022.

Download the Advert