Post-doctoral Researcher (Wildlife and Wind Energy Interactions)


MKO Research has recently been awarded
funding for a four-year project to better understand hen harrier (Circus cyaneus) interactions
with wind energy developments in Ireland. Wind energy development within the hen harrier range
(Wilson et al. 2017) and the species’ sensitivity to wind farms (McGuinness et al. 2015) make
them especially relevant. MKO Research is recruiting a researcher at the postdoctoral level to
contribute to this project.

The successful candidate will be involved in desk and field-based research to understand hen
harrier interactions with wind energy developments. Using extensive datasets, they will
investigate hen harrier flight behaviours in relation to turbines and habitat use and (ii) nest
site fidelity in relation to wind farm development. This position will require data management,
spatial and statistical data analysis; preparation of manuscripts for publication in
peer-reviewed journals, conference attendance and presentation of results. The project will
also involve data collection in the field and the researcher will be expected to be involved in
planning and assisting with fieldwork. Beyond the main body of work described above, the
successful candidate will be encouraged to develop their research ideas in the broader field of
wildlife-wind energy interactions and contribute to developing new research ideas and future
funding applications. The position has an initial duration of 48 months, with funding available
for contract extensions upon review of performance and progress.

MKO Research is a new research
initiative established in 2019 that lies at the interphase between industry and academia. The
research group is based in the private sector and hosted by MKO, and has links to academia
through active collaborations with third-level institutes and national bodies. MKO Research is
established as an RPO (Research Performing Organisation) within MKO, meaning it is a non-profit
and independent section of MKO. All research is open access and peer-reviewed publication
driven, as the aim is to conduct research that will advance wildlife-wind energy knowledge and
that can be incorporated into environmental policy.


  • A PhD in a relevant field (ecology/conservation).
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Proven expertise in GIS/spatial ecology and relevant software.
  • Experience working with large datasets and conducting statistical analysis.
  • Excellent organisational capability and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and proven ability to write
    manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Ability to work independently (e.g. take the lead on research papers and see them through
    to publication).
  • Eligibility to work in Ireland.
  • Full driving licence.


  • Post-doc experience.
  • Knowledge of upland ecology/ornithology/wind energy.
  • Project management experience.
  • Experience securing funding.
  • Experience using species distribution models.
  • Experience in ornithological field work.

Position details

  • Location: MKO has offices in Galway and Dublin, with hybrid working arrangements
    facilitated where possible.
  • Salary: commensurate to experience.
  • Duration: 48 months, 37.5 hours/week fixed-term contract (with extension possible).
  • Start date: To be agreed upon depending on personal circumstances, ideally April-May 2023
    or as soon as possible after that.


  • Email a cover letter and CV as a single pdf file (filename: your surname)
    to [email protected] with the subject ‘HH postdoc + your surname’.
  • Cover letter (one page max.) should describe how you meet the above criteria (preferably in
    bullet point form).
  • CV should include academic record, publication(s), names and contact details of two

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