May 29, 2008

Postdoctoral Position - Biofuels Research - University College Cork, UK

Location: Teagasc Johnstown Castle, Wexford, with close contact with Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork

Core Brief:
- To conduct a Life Cycle Analysis of grass production in temperate oceanic Northern Europe;
- To assess the carbon balance and the associated greenhouse gas emission associated with the production of grass as a feedstock for production of biogas;
- To apply environmental impact assessments of land use options in Ireland in terms of carbon, nutrient and water efficiencies.
- To produce the final report for the Environmental Protection Agency entitled "Compressed Biomethane Generated from Grass used as a Transport Fuel."

Contract Start Date: 1 August 2008
Contract Completion: 31 December 2009
Contract Duration: 17 months
Salary: UCC Post Doctorate Entry Level, Level 1, Point 5, starting salary EUR 47,769/a
Project Leaders: Dr Jerry D Murphy, Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork. Email:


Dr Rogier Shulte,Teagasc,Johnstown Castle,Wexford. Email:

Application Process: Detailed CV and letter of application sent to either of the project leaders

Closing Date: 30 June 2008

Background to Project

The Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork and Teagasc, Johnstown Castle, are partners in a project "Compressed biomethane generated from grass, utilised as a transport biofuel," led by University College Cork, and funded by the EPA as part of the Science, Technology, Research & Innovation for the Environment (STRIVE) Programme 2007 - 2013. A senior post doctorate with responsibility for documenting the process of production of biomethane from grass is already employed and situated in UCC.

We are now seeking to recruit a Post Doctorate to conduct a desk study on the EIA of silage production systems managed for biogas generation. The ideal candidate will have active research experience with agronomic, grass-based production systems, and with modelling of nutrient flows and life cycle analyses.

Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork
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Teagasc - Johnstown Castle Environment Research Centre

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