Post-Doctoral Researcher

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    University College Cork
    Biological sciencesBotany
    Environmental science
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    15/02/2019 17:00 - Europe/London
    Ireland › Cork

Position Summary

We are seeking a Post-Doctoral Researcher for research on the phenology of trees, with the aim of determining the impact of climate on the timing of start-of-season (leafing) and end-of-season (leaf senescence) events. The project is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (Ireland) and forms part of a project on the Impact of Climate Change on Phenology in Ireland. The Post-Doctoral Researcher will be expected to analyse time-series of satellite imagery (e.g. Landsat) and develop new high-resolution methods for monitoring vegetation phenology, including ground-based monitoring of leaf photosynthetic traits and greenness (using phenocams), and compare data from ground-based methods with new satellite imagery (e.g. Sentinel-2). The Post-Doctoral Researcher will also be expected to engage with the wider phenology research community in Ireland, in addition to promoting the research through outreach, social media, at conferences and in scientific publications. 

Applicants should hold a PhD in geography, plant science, environmental science or other relevant area, of which remote sensing (either satellite or ground based) formed a significant component. Other experience, in particular in plant physiology, phenology or measurement of carbon fluxes, is desirable, along with knowledge of computer programming.

This trans-disciplinary project involves a combination of desk and field-based research and will be jointly supervised by Dr Fiona Cawkwell at the Department of Geography and Prof Astrid Wingler at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) at University College Cork (UCC). The research project will also be integrated within wider research on climate change at the UCC Environmental Research Institute.

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Post Duration: 2 years

Salary: €37,221-€44,266 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Project:  Impact of Climate Change on Phenology in Ireland (PhenoClimate)

For full particulars on this post please refer to: https://www.ucc.ie/en/hr/vacancies/research/full-details-936512-en.html

Additional comments

For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: Astrid Wingler

Title: Professor of Plant Biology

Email Address: astrid.wingler@ucc.ie

Telephone: +353 (0)21 4904660

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter explaining your suitability for the project and C.V. to Astrid Wingler, astrid.wingler@ucc.ie on or before the closing date 15th February 2019.

Supplementary Information on the Department/Research Centre and the post is available at the following URLs: www.ucc.ie/en/bees/, www.ucc.ie/en/geography/, www.ucc.ie/en/eri/

Offer Requirements



  • A PhD qualification in geography, plant science, environmental science or other relevant area.
  • Appropriate research experience in remote sensing, and plant physiology or phenology.
  • Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment.
  • Ideally, candidates should have experience of approaches to time series analysis of imagery. Familiarity with setting up phenocams and knowledge of methods to analyse photosynthesis (chlorophyll fluorescence, infra-red gas analysis) or ecosystem carbon fluxes is an advantage, as are skills in computer programming.
  • A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
  • Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.
  • A commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project.
  • Ability to work well within a team.
  • A valid driving licence is desirable.
  • Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

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