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Research Assistant - Peatland Hydrology & Chemistry, Galway

Research Assistant - Peatland Hydrology & Chemistry, School of Natural Sciences, College of Science & Engineering (University of Galway 028-23)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full time, fixed-term position as a Research Assistant in Peatland Hydrology and Chemistry with Earth & Ocean Sciences at the University of Galway. This position is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and is available from March 2023 to May 2025 (27-months). Job Description: The successful candidate will be working as part of a tri-partite team based in the University of Galway, Queens’ University Belfast and Ohio State University. Duties: The successful candidate will be part of a team of researchers working on stream flow from undisturbed peatland, and will:

  • Actively participate as a member of the team and assist a Post-Doctoral Researcher in completing the research work;

  • Provide assistance in conducting the research activities, including planning, organizing, conducting, and communicating research studies within the overall scope of the research project ‘SAPHIRE’;

  • Coordinate and perform a variety of independent tasks and team activities involved in the collection, analysis, documentation and some interpretation of information/results; and,

  • Present information on research progress and outcomes to the research team (making use of standard research techniques and methods, and methods devised as part of this work).

Qualifications/Skills required: Essential Requirements:

  • BSc in any Geoscience discipline, including Geology, Earth Science, Environmental Science or related disciplines

  • Completion of hydrology/hydrogeology modules or appropriate field experience

  • Experience with field work

  • Full, current driver’s licence

Desirable Requirements:

  • Postgraduate qualification in Hydrogeology/Hydrology

  • Experience in water sample recovery

  • Experience with chemical analysis

  • Good communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team with scientists, engineers and technicians.

Employment permit restrictions apply for this category of post Salary: €28,701 per annum (RA1/1) Start date: Position is available immediately. Continuing Professional Development/Training: Researchers at University of Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans. University of Galway provides continuing professional development supports for all researchers seeking to build their own career pathways either within or beyond academia.  Researchers are encouraged to engage with our Researcher Development Centre (RDC) upon commencing employment - see HERE for further information. Further information on research and working at University of Galway is available on Research at University of Galway For information on moving to Ireland please see Further information about Earth and Ocean Sciences is available at: Earth & Ocean Science - University of Galway Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Professor Peter Croot ( To Apply: Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Dr Tiernan Henry: Please put reference number University of Galway 028-23 in subject line of e-mail application. Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm (Irish Time) February 17th 2023

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