Research Program Manager

€40,000.00 - €50,000.00 / Annually

  • Flexible, Ireland, Ireland
  • Full time

GDG is a specialist offshore engineering consultancy, providing innovative solutions across a broad range of civil engineering sectors. We have offices in Dublin, Cork, Belfast, London, Edinburgh along with the USA and the Netherlands. Our clients include large civil and building contractors, renewable energy project developers and engineering consulting firms. We also offer forensic engineering and expert witness services to the Insurance and Legal sectors. Our principal areas of expertise are Infrastructure, Onshore Renewables, Ports and Harbour, Structures, Offshore Renewables and Research & Development.

We recognise the need to constantly innovate and expand our offering to maintain a strong competitive advantage. This is achieved through a portfolio of R&D projects which are specifically targeted to ensure that we meet the rapidly evolving service requirements of our clients.

Our R&D project teams draw on multidisciplinary expertise from across our business sectors and work in close collaboration with leading academics to develop innovative solutions. A research focus places GDG at the cutting edge; ensuring that our clients consistently benefit from recent advancements in the state of the art.

Role Description:

We are recruiting a Research Program Manager to work as an integral part of its multidisciplinary team. The role will involve supporting the delivery of a broad range of R&D projects with the common themes of Climate Change Mitigation and/or Climate Change Adaptation.

Our current R&D projects are divided across the following 8 research clusters:
• Floating offshore wind design
• Advanced Fixed Offshore Wind Design
• Advanced Offshore Site Characterisation
• Drone Services
• Green Hydrogen
• Geothermal Energy
• Sustainable Design
• Onshore Geotechnics

The successful candidate will be one of two Research Program Managers, who will take responsibility for progressing four of the above-named clusters, and will report to the Head of Innovation. The role will involve supporting the effective management of the existing project portfolio along with horizon-scanning for emerging opportunities. This role is ideally suited to a multidisciplinary team player with strong leadership, communication and project management capabilities.

Key responsibilities will include

• Supporting R&D Project Managers in the effective delivery of their projects.
• Taking on a R&D Project Management role where appropriate.
• Research strategy development with a focus on accelerating commercialisation.
• Communicating research objectives and outputs to both internal and external stakeholders.

Essential characteristics

• Curiosity.
• Research experience related to one or more of the GDG Research Clusters.
• Excellent interpersonal, written communication and presentation skills.
• Experience of managing stakeholder engagement / expert elicitation processes.
• Capable of independent research to understand complex topics and concisely synthesise critical points under tight deadlines.
• Experience of research project management and of reporting to funding agencies.
• Experience of leading proposals for competitively awarded research projects.

Desired characteristics

• Experience of technology development through engagement in R&D projects.
• Experience of engineering design projects.
• Strong academic and industrial network related to one or more of the research clusters.
• Experience of working in a multidisciplinary research environment.
• Experience of PhD Student supervision.
• Experience of managing research data in accordance with the FAIR Data Principles.

Education/ Qualifications

• A PhD in a topic related to one of the 8 x Research Clusters is preferred but not essential.

Additional requirements

Candidates should also be highly organised and motivated individuals with a good work ethic, and a commitment to technical excellence, personal efficiency, and career progression through Continued Professional Development.

Equal opportunities

As an equal opportunity employer, equality, diversity, and inclusion are central to GDG’s organisational values. Our aim is for GDG to be a welcoming place for all to work.


• Pension
• Private medical Insurance
• You can buy 5 days additional holiday
• 5 days sick pay at full pay
• Discretionary bonus
• Enhanced paternity/maternity pay
• Membership fees of relevant institution if chartered
• Paid training
• Investment in personal development
• Employee assistance programme.

How to apply:

Please send a copy of your CV to David O’Grady (Talent & Resource Manager) at