Offshore Research Engineer

Offshore Research Engineer

Are you an Engineer with research experience relating to offshore renewable energy substructures? Are you motivated by challenging R&D projects and developing innovative solutions? Do you want to be part of a dynamic team with specialist civil engineering expertise and a significant track record in R&D projects? If these questions get you thinking, then you may be the right candidate for this exciting job opportunity.

Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions (GDG) has experienced a significant increase in our Offshore sector in recent years, particularly commercial activities for offshore wind projects, as well as R&D activities for the wave and tidal energy sector. In addition to GDG’s involvement in a large number of commercial offshore wind projects, GDG is participating in an EU-funded research project to develop a streamlined commercialisation pathway for wave and tidal energy development in Ireland and Wales. Specifically, GDG will develop a foundation and mooring design methodology and associated design tools for wave and tidal energy devices that will subsequently be applied to two pilot demonstration projects.

To address the workload associated with this project, as well as other offshore renewable energy projects, we are currently looking for an Offshore Research Engineer to support these activities. This role will report to our Head of Offshore and will be preferably based at our Cork office but there is also an option to be based at our Dublin office.

Role Description:

As an Offshore Research Engineer, you will primarily be office-based, developing efficient foundation and mooring design solutions for wave and tidal energy devices. This will involve numerical modelling, developing bespoke design software tools and validation of the design methodologies and associated tools against tank test results, as well as demonstration of these methodologies and tools for two pilot demonstration projects. In addition to the technical project activities, the role will involve project management duties, engagement with potential clients and stakeholders, as well as progress reporting and presentation of the project outcomes at meetings and conferences.

Expertise Required:

GDG is looking for a suitable candidate with prior research experience in relation to offshore renewable energy substructures. The ideal candidate will hold a technical background within civil or mechanical engineering, preferably having completed a PhD, but candidates who have completed a Masters in a relevant engineering subject will also be considered.

In addition, the ideal candidate shall have:

Experience in hydrodynamics modelling, Finite Element modelling, computer programming (Matlab, Python, C++, etc.) and GIS software packages (e.g. ArcGIS);
Demonstrated familiarity with design standards and guidance for offshore substructures;
A good understanding of geotechnical and structural engineering, including soil-structure interaction;
Experience in effective project management;
A demonstrated ability in technical report writing, preferably with a number of scientific publications;
Experience in the administration of research projects, preferably with previous experience of European- funded research projects;
Excellent communication and presentation skills in English.

Candidates should also be highly organised and motivated individuals with effective communication skills, a good work ethic, and a commitment to technical excellence, personal efficiency, and career progression through Continued Professional Development.
We look forward to receiving your application.

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