Are you a motivated individual looking to join a creative, dynamic organisation with a focus on supporting research to create a better, more sustainable society? Are you interested in climate action & mitigation, circular bioeconomy, wetlands, agriculture, and environmental sustainability? Have you experience in stakeholder engagement, co-creation, and the identification of innovations, technology and knowledge that can speed up innovation to make a difference? If so, then ERINN Innovation is looking for you!
ERINN Innovation is a rapidly growing organisation with a passion for working with projects, ideas, knowledge and technologies that will contribute to a better world and a healthier planet. Our team’s philosophy is to support the research and innovation community by a) designing and securing funding for well-designed projects, b) generating new knowledge and c) effectively transferring findings to target groups to help solve many of today’s grand challenges such as climate change, the need for clean energy, sustainable consumption and production, and improved food, water and energy security. We are looking for new team members to come on this journey with us!
The Scientific Project Officer will take a supporting role in managing and transferring knowledge and solutions in agriculture and land use, as well as environmental protection e.g. to help address climate change (i.e., reduce carbon emissions). The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong understanding of stakeholder engagement and facilitation techniques with an ability to work under pressure, as well as an excellent understanding of the agriculture and bioeconomy sectors in Ireland.
Initially, the projects will have an agri-bioeconomy focus, however ERINN’s project portfolio ranges across a variety of sectors including food, health, climate, and energy. Working as part of a team, the key responsibilities of this role revolve around stakeholder engagement and co-creation, innovation and technology identification and assessment to generate disruptive and sustainable changes in the agriculture and bioeconomy sectors in Ireland.
Play an active role in the identification, assessment, and mapping of commercialisation steps of knowledge, innovations and technologies relevant to the Irish Agriculture, Bioeconomy as well as Environmental monitoring and Protection sectors.
Effectively manage knowledge, thereby ensuring maximum uptake by potential users, ultimately demonstrating value creation and impact. This requires a deep understanding of the agriculture, bioeconomy and environmental protection sector both in Ireland and on a European level to help identify the knowledge that can make a difference.
Using innovative stakeholder engagement and facilitation techniques to stimulate the development, co-design, co-creation, testing, as well as sharing of knowledge and experiences, and research and innovation opportunities.
Key tasks include the identification and collection of key exploitable results from projects, assessment of the potential of knowledge to have impact, development of pathways to impact and carrying out bespoke and targeted knowledge transfer activities.
Other tasks include generating high quality deliverables, on-time reporting (internal and to the European Commission), writing press releases and promotional materials, content management of project websites and several social media channels (e.g. Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook), presenting at conferences, budget management and monitoring, event management (including effective meeting contributions), etc.
Participate in other business services provided by ERINN such as proposal reviews, training and funding mapping.
EEA work authorisation
Educated to degree level in a relevant area e.g. agricultural science, biology, or social science, and/or at least two years’ previous work experience in Stakeholder engagement showing a deep knowledge and understanding of the Agriculture sector and stakeholders in Ireland.
Excellent project and time management skills: highly organised, ability to work on several projects simultaneously and to prioritise tasks efficiently.
Fluent written and spoken English.
Commitment to delivering on allocated tasks, with a high level of attention to detail and to strict deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to collaborate and work in a team in a multicultural environment.
Pro-active, diligent, willing to learn, dedicated and responsible.
Ability to communicate clearly, courteously, and professionally to agricultural, industry and scientific stakeholders, as well as project partners and clients.
Excellent writing skills and ability to produce quality content, including press releases, for a variety of platforms.
Experience of knowledge management, technology transfer, science in society or other processes involving the uptake of knowledge by different stakeholder groups such as industry, policy, science and society.
Experience working with Government agencies/departments, universities, and/or international research organisations.
Familiarity with accelerators, start-up funding and strategies, as well as assessment of Intellectual property.
Demonstrable experience in writing grant applications, in specific in relation to EU Funding Programmes.
Event management experience, including facilitation skills, and knowledge of participatory methods.
Website management skills and ability to use Content Management Systems (e.g. WordPress or similar).
Holiday entitlements are 20 working days per annum, an additional 5 days of company holiday leave is given over the Christmas period and 1 extra day’s annual leave per year of service up to a max of 5.
Hybrid working conditions within Ireland.
Internal and external training opportunities (relevant to the role) will be provided. Several extra benefits are provided, including pension option.
Overtime may be required to meet deadlines as part of the contract.
National and international travel will be required in line with Covid-19 restrictions.
For informal queries about this role, please contact Cliona Ní Cheallachaín, ERINN Operations Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
24/03/23 at 17.00. The position is available to start immediately.
The position will require the successful applicant to work in the Dublin office on a regular basis.
First round interviews are expected to take place from Early April 2023 and will be conducted online.