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UCD launches postdoc programme to help develop Irish energy industry

The postdoctoral fellowship programme, valued at €4.6m, aims to expand the capacity of the Irish energy sector, which is said to be short of qualified personnel.

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A NEW PROGRAMME designed to attract global researchers and create high-end jobs in energy research has been launched today.

University College Dublin (UCD)’s ENERGY21, an international training and career development program run by the university, is hoping to attract world class researchers to it Energy Institute through a postdoctoral fellowship program.

It is hoped that by attracting talented researchers in this sector, it will help expand the capacity of the Irish energy sector which lacks qualified personnel.

The recruitment of 21 researchers will take place across three calls, the first launched today, with the deadline being 30 September.

Those chosen will be based in the UCD Energy Institute for a period of two years, including an outgoing phase to another research performing organisation in another country.

The total value of the programme is €4.6 million, and it’s financed by both Marie Curie COFUND and the European Commission (EC), the latter contributing €1.8 million to the project.

ENERGY21 is one of eight Marie Curie COFUND actions awarded in Ireland over the past seven years, and the first one to be awarded solely to a single university.

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