Met Éireann - a line division of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage - is looking for someone who is interested in a postdoctoral research position, with the commencement date as soon as possible.

The three-year postdoctoral position will work for the newly established Irish Soil Moisture Observation Network (ISMON).

The ISMON long-term observation platform aims to significantly enhance our understanding of the water cycle in Ireland.

Accurate information on soil moisture conditions from ISMON will further improve short- and medium-term weather prediction.


Such monitoring and modelling - and associated advisories and decision support systems (DSS) - will become increasingly important for a wide range of real-life applications, such as the protection of soil and water quality, mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions in farming and forestry, ensuring optimal grass and crop production, flood and forest fire risk management and forecasting.

This project is being jointly led by UCD, Met Éireann and Teagasc.

Soil moisture (ie the amount of water in the soil) is a key driver of many soil processes influencing both agricultural and environmental outcomes.

Met Éireann is seeking a postdoctoral researcher with a scientific and technical skillset who will work together with colleagues in Met Éireann (observations, database, agricultural meteorology unit, etc) and ISMON partner organisations to ensure the establishment of Ireland’s soil moisture observation network.

The successful candidate will also engage with key stakeholders on the delivery of objectives.

Application details

Forecasters will be based in Met Éireann HQ, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. Where possible, the successful candidates may be authorised to partly work remotely, in line with Government-approved policies for workplace attendance.

Applicants should submit completed application forms to The closing date for applications is Tuesday 19 December 2023 at 5pm. Please note: only applications submitted on the official application form will be considered.

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