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Job ad: Research Assistant - ATU Galway-Mayo Centre for Sustainability

Closing Date: 12 noon on Friday, 18 November 2022.

Location: ATU Galway-Mayo Galway City (Wellpark Road) and Connemara campuses.

Reporting To: Dr Mark Kelly, Head of ATU Galway-Mayo Centre for Sustainability

Duration: The position will be for a period of 12 months. The successful candidate would be expected to start as soon as possible after receiving an offer.

Project Title: The Design and Development of a Circular Campus Framework for the Atlantic Technological University (ATU).

Job Description:      


The ATU Galway-Mayo Centre for Sustainability aims to embed sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as core guiding principles in all activities in ATU with a particular focus on curriculum, campus, community, collaborative research, and culture. This project will specifically focus on the design and development of a circular campus framework for the ATU School of Design and Creative Arts based at the ATU Galway City (Wellpark Road) and Connemara campuses. This will consist of the following elements:

  • Horizon scan and systematic literature review of circular economy implementation and integration into organizations with a narrowing of the focus to best practice examples in public sector organizations and higher education institutions internationally.
  • Review and analysis of the current situation in relation to the Irish higher education sector’s commitment to climate action and
  • Questionnaire survey and interviews with staff and students to identify circular economy awareness, knowledge, and
  • Explore and identify synergies with the National Green Campus Programme, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) process, and the development of an ATU Sustainability and Climate Action
  • Explore and identify opportunities to embed circular economy principles into a living lab concept to frame campus operations and management e.g., new builds, refurbishment, and maintenance works in collaboration with the Build360 research group in the ATU Galway-Mayo Department of Building and Civil Engineering and ATU Galway-Mayo Building and Estates Office; and a Materials Flow Analysis to benchmark inflows, stock, and
  • Explore and identify opportunities to embed circular economy principles into the curriculum e.g., content, assessment, pedagogy
  • Explore and identify opportunities to utilize the circular economy as a means of community engagement i.e., with social enterprises, businesses, schools/further education/lifelong learning etc, within a circular neighbourhood/community
  • Identify, prepare, and submit research funding applications based around the circular campus concept to build institutional capacity in this


The successful candidate will report to the Head of ATU Galway-Mayo Centre for Sustainability, Dr. Mark Kelly, the Head of School of Design and Creative Arts, Dr. Patrick Tobin, and Dr. Dermot O’Donovan, the Head of Department of Creative Education.



  • Fluency in English and excellent written and oral presentation
  • The post will require a researcher to have a minimum of a primary honour’s degree in a relevant


  • Postgraduate degree in a relevant
  • Relevant industrial and/or research
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of the circular economy and the higher education sector sustainability
  • Strong level of technical aptitude and problem-solving
  • The potential candidate should be self-motivated with an aptitude for creative problem-solving, along with the flexibility to adapt to new tools and
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational
  • Ability to present results/methods in written and oral form to internal and external
  • Willingness and ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic
  • Able to work independently as a self-starter and as part of the wider project
  • Capable of directing and interfacing with the work of collaborators (including at remote locations).
  • Ability to build and document knowledge and share information about latest methods, trends, and developments in the relevant field of
  • Ability to manage development aspects of the project according to aligned project briefs.
  • Proficient in documentation, presentation, and project management
  • Proficient in the preparation of research funding

Salary Scale:       Research Assistant Point 1 on the IUA Scale €27,109.00 per annum plus 20% pension contribution.

Hours of Work:   39 Hours per week

Annual Leave:    22 days annual leave per annum

Further information on the position may be obtained from Dr Mark Kelly ([email protected]).