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Professor of Sustainable Chemistry
University College Cork

Date Posted Mar. 24, 2021
Title Professor of Sustainable Chemistry
University University College Cork
Cork, Ireland
Department School of Chemistry & Environmental Research Institute
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professor
  • Chemistry - Physical
    Chemistry - General

Professor of Sustainable Chemistry
School of Chemistry & Environmental Research Institute

Permanent Whole Time Post

UCC wishes to appoint an experienced academic to the role of Professor of Sustainable Chemistry within the School of Chemistry ( and the Environmental Research Institute ( Reporting to the Head of Chemistry, the successful candidate will contribute to the teaching activities in Physical Chemistry, and related areas, as well as the research strategy of the School and the ERI. The successful candidate will be expected to fit directly into the ‘sustainable materials’ research pillar within the Environmental Research Institute and develop research programmes in this area. The successful candidate will also be expected to interact with researchers working in the Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research (AMBER) Centre (, a Science Foundation Ireland funded partnership between leading researchers in materials science and industry. UCC was one of the founding members of the AMBER Centre and through the ERI is leading research programmes in the areas of sustainable materials and the circular economy.

Applicants interested in applying for the position should have a PhD in either Materials Chemistry or Physical Chemistry and demonstrate a proven commitment to leadership and excellence in research and teaching as evidenced by a scholarly reputation of international standing.

The School of Chemistry ( within the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science (SEFS) comprises the academic disciplines of analytical, inorganic, organic, pharmaceutical and physical chemistry. The School offers three undergraduate programmes, as well as taught postgraduate diploma and MSc programmes in analytical chemistry. The School holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and is proactively committed to equality and diversity in the workplace.

The Environmental Research Institute is UCC’s flagship institute facilitating a transformation to a zero carbon, resource efficient, and sustainable society. The Institute brings together over 400 researchers from 20 University Schools and Departments and 6 Research Centres to address the global sustainability challenges of Climate Action, Circular Economy & Healthy Environment in a trans-disciplinary approach. The ERI is a leader in sustainability and environmental research, facilitating multi-disciplinary based research solutions to global challenges. The Institute focuses its research on three societal challenges – Climate Action, maintaining a Healthy Environment and transitioning to a Circular Economy. Research in these areas is underpinned by platforms of expertise in Environmental Sustainable Energy; Marine; Sustainable Agriculture and Food; and Sustainable Materials research. The ERI has considerable infrastructure to support this activity with over 7000m2 of space at its two dedicated buildings at the Lee Road, and the Beaufort Building, Ringaskiddy. The Professor of Sustainable Chemistry will have access to facilities and space and research support at the Institute as required.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

For an information package including full details of the post, selection criteria and application process see The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to the Head of School, Dr Humphrey Moynihan, Email: . For further information on the School of Chemistry please visit For more information on the Environmental Research Institute please visit

Appointment may be made on the Professor Salary Scale: €120,274 – €154,507 (Scale B)/ €114,392/€146,781
Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Thursday 22nd April 2021.

No late applications will be accepted.


Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector

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