Geotechnical engineer

Dublin, Leinster (IE)
21 Dec 2018
18 Jan 2019
Job Type

Geotechnical engineer

Roughan & O'Donovan is seeking to recruit a geotechnical engineer with 3 years' experience to join our specialist geotechnical team and assist in the design of major road projects in Ireland and the UK

Location: Sandyford, Dublin 18

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Role description

The successful candidates will be responsible for devising and overseeing ground investigation contracts and supporting various design teams with specialist geotechnical inputs.


  • Plan, procure and control site investigation contracts for major infrastructure projects
  • Advise the structures team on the design parameters for shallow and deep foundations for major structures
  • Design complex foundations, including pile groups and soil-structure interaction problems
  • Prepare the earthworks elements of contract documents, including specifications, design drawings and reports
  • Assess borrow and quarry materials for reuse as embankment fill, drainage, concrete and pavement aggregates
  • Pavement foundation design, in accordance with NRA DMRB and UK DMRB
  • Assess and design soil improvement techniques for soft ground, including surcharge, vertical drains, vibroflotation, geosynthetic reinforcement, geosynthetic encased columns, piled embankments, mass stabilisation, rolling dynamic compaction and lime/concrete subgrade stabilisation
  • Design to Eurocode EC7
  • Assess peat stability and access road/drainage for developments
  • Attend and supervise earthworks on site
  • Concept to delivery of earthworks designs


  • Relevant degree in civil engineering
  • Minimum of three years' experience in Irish/UK soils, including major road/rail projects
  • Knowledge of construction techniques for piles and retaining walls
  • Knowledge of soft ground techniques; peat stability and soil reinforcement methods of interest
  • Knowledge of and experience of using finite element modelling of soil-structure interaction problems
  • Knowledge of quarry/borrow materials used as aggregates and pavement design
  • Construction experience in earthworks, soil improvement and deep foundations
  • Experience of geotechnical investigations contracts
  • Experience of earthwork design or road/rail infrastructure projects

Desired skills

  • Post graduate qualification in geotechnical engineering or related field
  • Knowledgable in the use and manipulation of AGS data
  • Good MS Word, MS Excel and CAD skills
  • Good report writing skills
  • Membership of a recognised professional body in the geotechnical field
  • Full driving licence


  • Strong site investigation skills and experience
  • Strong geotechnical design skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Proven track record working of working with multidisciplinary design teams in a busy work environment with tight deadlines
  • Flexibility

To apply

Step 1: Your cover letter

  • Address your cover letter to Human Resources
  • Specify the position you are applying for and where you first saw it advertised
  • Save your cover letter as ‘First name Surname Cover Letter’. For example, John Smith Cover Letter

Step 2: Your CV

  • Save your CV as ‘First name Surname CV’. For example, John Smith CV

Step 3:  Submit your CV and cover letter via email to 

Roughan & O’Donovan is an equal opportunities employer. 

Roughan & O'Donovan will retain, for at least one year, all records arising through the recruitment process for compliance purposes in line with the Employment Equality Acts, 1998-2015.

Roughan & O'Donovan is not accepting unsolicited CVs from search firms.  CVs submitted by search firms without a valid written search agreement, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the sole property of Roughan & O'Donovan, and no fee will be paid in the event of candidate(s) being hired.

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