Teaching Fellow opening in Environmental Geoscience

Post Title: Teaching Fellow
Post Status: Specific Purpose Contract in Environmental Geoscience
Starting Date: 1st September 2022
Ending Date: 31st August 2024 (with potential extension)
Discipline / School: School of Natural Sciences/Geology, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
Location: School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
Reports to: Head of School
Salary: Appointment will be made on the Teaching Fellow scale at a point in line with Government Pay Policy [€36,369 to €47,234 per annum]
Hours of Work: Full-Time
Closing Application Date: 12 Noon (GMT), 15th August 2022

Post Summary

This is a full-time appointment in environmental geoscience on a specific purpose contract within a minimum duration of 2 years. Geology is a mid-sized discipline with a strong emphasis on both research and teaching in the geosciences. This especially includes fieldwork and laboratory-based teaching activities. The position will involve preparing and delivering teaching modules for undergraduate and postgraduate students, both in classroom and fieldtrip settings. The position will enable the individual to raise funds to pursue research if desired.

Standard Duties and Responsibilities of the Post

  • Shape and teach significant portions of several environmental geoscience courses to undergraduate students and to postgraduate students in the School's Taught Masters programmes.
  • Actively co-lead field trips, both of single day and longer duration, in Ireland and abroad.
  • Coordinate and supervise "capstone" research dissertation projects for fourth year undergraduate students and contribute to the effective delivery of postgraduate Taught Masters desk studies and research dissertations.
  • Assess classroom, laboratory and field projects for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • Engage in outreach pertinent to teaching and research.
  • Participate and provide input at School and Discipline meetings and on assigned committees.
  • Carry out occasional other duties as required by the Head of School or another person authorised by the Head of School.
  • Engagement in scientific research is desirable.

Person Specification


A PhD and background in a subject that relates to environmental geosciences is mandatory. This might especially include aspects of hydrogeology and aqueous geochemistry, including groundwater studies, karst systems, and peatlands.

Knowledge & Experience (Essential & Desirable)

The role-holder will require the following knowledge, skills and attributes for successful performance in the role:

  • Previous university level teaching experience is desirable, and this could include teaching assistant role.
  • The ability to work in a team and to learn and to perform multiple tasks is necessary.
  • Contribute to both face to face and virtual teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  • Ability to undertake administrative responsibilities as required by the Discipline, School and University.
  • A record of conducting research pertinent to environmental geoscience.

Skills & Competencies

  • Well developed written and verbal communication, lecture presentation skills and interpersonal skills are necessary.
  • Organisational skills necessary to the performance of various tasks.

Further Information for Applicants

Informal enquiries concerning the post should be addressed to Professor Gerald Dickens, Head of Geology dickensg@tcd.ie

Additional information regarding Trinity College Dublin, the E3 Initiative, the Selection Process, Equal Opportunity Aspects, and Pension Entitlements can be given if desired.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit a short Curriculum Vitae and the names and contact details of 2 referees (including email addresses) to:

Professor Gerald Dickens
Subject: Environmental Teaching Fellow Position

posted: 14 July 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.