PhD Studentship in FinTech for Community Renewables University College Cork, Cork University Business School/ MaREI/ Department of Sociology Ireland

PhD Studentship in FinTech for Community Renewables

Job Posted: 17 Oct 2018

Closing Date for Applications: 10 Dec 2018

School: Cork University Business School/ MaREI/ Department of Sociology

College: College of Business and Law/ College of Science, Engineering and Food Science/ College of Art, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time

Job Type: Research

Salary: See advert for details

PhD Studentship in FinTech for Community Renewables


Title: Support Tools for Community Renewable Energy Projects


Project description:

This multi-disciplinary project will draw on UCC expertise across the Cork University Business School (CUBS), Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy (MaREI) and the Department of Sociology. The project aims to develop an intuitive GIS-based online platform which will empower community groups to develop renewable energy projects. The tool will allow community groups to self-organise, select the most suitable technology and acceptable deployment location, and to produce a robust and realistic first-pass feasibility study. The software will then signpost the next steps in the development process and offer the opportunity to employ crowdfunding to share benefits and risks at the various stages of project development.


This concept is based loosely on the successful techno-economic assessment model for renewable energy technologies developed by the Canadian Government: RETScreen. The software developed in this project will have added GIS, capabilities, technology assessment and financing functionality. Importantly, the software will be designed specifically for the Irish social and regulatory context.


Requirements: The candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree, with a minimum of a 2H1 in Information Systems, Computer Science, or a closely related discipline. The project will require a mix of skills, including requirements gathering, interaction design, web development, experiment design, and data analysis. The candidate shall have excellent communication skills, including the ability to write concise, readable reports. They will also have the ability to work closely with other researchers and community associations. A related Master’s degree, or prior experience in a research environment is desirable but not essential.


This position is one of two PhD candidates who will work together on this project. The second candidate will work in the area of social science to ensure that the developed software will meet the needs and expectations of the end user, the community groups.


Duration and Start Date: 4 years. Starting January 2019.


Funding Notes: The research is funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) through the Research Development and Demonstration program (RD&D).


Funding Details: Annual tax-free stipend of €18,500 (4 years) plus a travel fund. EU fees are covered. Non-EU candidates may apply but they will need to cover extra fees themselves.


Informal Enquires To: Dr. Rob Gleasure (CUBS) at or Dr. Cian Desmond (MaREI) at


To Apply:

Please send a cover letter and CV– to Grainne Lynch at

Closing date: 10 December 2018.

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