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Project Manager Research Support Officer Forest Energy 2010 to 2014 Research Project

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Project Manager - Research Support Officer : Forest Energy 2010-2014 Research Project, 33K PA, contract from Dec 2012-Aug 2014.


Project Manager - Research Support Officer:

Forest Energy 2010 – 2014 Research Project


Employer: Waterford Institute of Technology

Department: Chemical and Life Sciences

Commencement Date: December 2012

Duration: To end August 2014

Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time

Job Type: Research

Gross Salary: €33,975 per annum

Minimum Qualification Required: PhD in forestry or closely related field.


Position Summary

A position is available as Research Support Officer / Project Manager of the Forest Energy 2010-14 research project; a COFORD project, funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries under the National Development Plan 2007 to 2013.  The main objective of the project is to investigate cost-effective wood fuel supply chains from a range of forest sources. The appointee will be based in Waterford Institute of Technology and work with a number of post-graduate students, temporary research assistants and the project co-ordinator within the Eco-Innovation Research Centre, WIT. The appointee will work on research trials at a number of locations throughout Ireland, hosted by a number of industry partners. In addition the appointee will carry out administration on the financial and project management.  It is anticipated that 80% of the time will be spent on the research activities and 20% of time on the administration activities.


Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • To support the Project Co-ordinator to achieve the agreed project objectives.
  • To provide specific technical inputs and research skills to manage literature reviews, research trial information gathering and sample collection, data analysis, interpretation and contribute to research outputs.
  • To manage the administrative functions as required; in particular to administer financial and budgetary functions,
    including purchasing and cost controls in consumables, equipment and travel expenses and the preparation of project progress reports and other documents.
  • To support dissemination activities of theresearch project as required: such as representing the research project at events, meetings and networking; producing written outputs, present research results internally and externally at conferences: and prepare project reports and research papers for journal publication.
  • To identify opportunities for external relationships and collaboration and to contribute to the development and
    maintenance of the strong external links to industry.
  • To develop content for dissemination to the target industry sectors via COFORD and suitable media.


Essential Attributes:

  • Demonstrable achievements in delivering results on a research project in the area of forest operations analysis of wood energy supply chains from forestry;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication skills, both written and spoken;
  • Excellent report writing, statistical analysis, computer and presentation skills;
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Ability to interact with stakeholders from a range of disciplines;
  • Full clean driving licence;
  • This position will require the appointee to engage is fieldwork for extended periods, in all weathers and on rough terrain, utilising heavy equipment, so will demand that the appointee is in excellent physical health.


Desirable Attributes:

  • Relevant extensive experience in forest operation productivity assessment techniques, in particular in cut-to-length harvesting systems in plantation thinning and clearfells;
  • Practical experience of testing and describing wood fuels from forestry according to the European solid biofuel quality standards;
  • Extensive current knowledge of the structure and development of the Irish forestry sector, with particular reference to current trends and future projections of woodflow.
  • Experience in the administration and management of a research project.

Closing Date of Advert: 4.00PMon Thursday 22nd November 2012


The Forest Energy Research Project is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food, under the COFORD Forest Research Programme as part of the National Development Plan 2007-13


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