Geotechnical Engineer or Engineering Geologist

Roughan & O’Donovan (ROD) is looking to recruit a geotechnical engineer or engineering geologist with one to six years’ relevant experience for a permanent position within its award-winning geotechnical team.

Job type: Permanent

Location: Sandyford, D.18, Woodford, D.17 and Otley, Leeds

Salary: Competitive

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity for a geotechnical engineer or engineering geologist with one to six years’ relevant experience to join our dedicated and talented geotechnical group in delivering complex geotechnical design solutions as part of our overall multidisciplinary team.

ROD has a proven track record, experience and expertise across a range of technical disciplines, including transportation, bridges, buildings, retaining structures, slope stability, hydrology, hydrogeology, through all project stages.

Examples of recent detailed geotechnical solutions include rock/soil slope stabilisation works, ground improvement schemes over soft ground, observational monitoring of construction on peat, cofferdam piling and bridge foundations. In addition to devising and overseeing ground investigation contracts and earthworks/foundations designs for buildings/bridges/retainign walls/flood defences and climate resilient infrastructure, successful applicants will be responsible for supporting our design teams through the provision of specialist geotechnical inputs. 

The role will present you with opportunities to progress your technical knowledge skillset and continue your professional development with guidance from mentors through career stages.

About Roughan & O'Donovan

Roughan and O’Donovan (ROD) is one of Ireland's leading civil, environmental and structural engineering consultancies with a growing presence in the UK. An independently owned firm, we employ a multidisciplinary team of more than 200 people, of 20 different nationalities, in our Dublin and UK offices.

Recent awards:

Our people are the heart of our business, and we invest heavily in their personal and professional development through all stages of career development. We are an Engineers Ireland CPD Accredited Employer and operate an Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) training scheme. We have developed comprehensive student placement, internship, graduate and chartership support programmes to help our team reach their full potential, both as individuals and as engineers. We offer wellness packages, flexible working and life event supports, so whatever challenges life may bring, you can feel secure in the knowledge that ROD provide support and assistance.

Our portfolio includes:

  • bridges, highways, roads, public transport and greenways in Ireland and the UK

  • residential, health, education, office and retail developments

  • asset management

  • research and development

  • environmental services

Current and recent projects:


  • Identifying preliminary geotechnical risks for projects and option selection analysis

  • Supporting various design teams with specialist geotechnical inputs

  • Analysing ground conditions and design parameters for shallow and deep foundations for buildings, bridges, linear infrastructure etc.

  • Interacting with transportation and environmental colleagues to improve routes, drainage requirements, flood defences and coastal protection works

  • Assessing borrow and quarry materials for reuse as embankment fill, drainage, concrete and pavement aggregates for mass haul analysis

  • Pavement foundation design in accordance with TII / UK DMRB

  • Assessing and designing soil improvement techniques for soft ground

  • Attend and supervise investigations, earthworks and foundations on site


  • Degree in civil engineering / engineering geology (Level 8 in the National Framework of Qualifications or equivalent)

  • Knowledge of construction techniques for piles and retaining walls

  • Knowledge of soft ground techniques, stability and soil reinforcement methods of particular interest

  • Knowledge of earthworks, soil improvement or deep foundations for linear infrastructure

  • Experience of geotechnical investigation contracts

  • Fluent/highly proficient in spoken and written English 

Key competencies/attributes

  • Strong site investigation project management skills and experience

  • Strong geotechnical risk management and design skills

  • Ability to engage as a team member in a busy work environment

  • Flexibility

  • Good report writing, MS Word, MS Excel and CAD/BIM  skills


  • Postgraduate qualification in geotechnical engineering or related field, MSc or PhD for example, or a final-year thesis on a geotechnical topic

  • Membership of a recognised professional body in the geotechnical field in UK/Ireland

  • Full driving licence

  • Knowledge of quarry/borrow materials used as aggregates and pavement design

  • Experience in Irish/UK glacial till soils, including major road/rail projects

  • Construction experience in earthworks, soil improvement and deep foundations

  • Experience in flood protection projects or marine environments

  • Knowledge of ground remediation/potentially contaminated materials

How to apply

Roughan & O’Donovan is an equal opportunity 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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