Lectureship in Igneous Petrology
Post Status: 5-year contract (Full-time)
The lectureship will be in the field of classic magmatic petrology including volcanology and igneous geology. It will contribute to undergraduate teaching, research and student supervision in the School. The appointee will develop an active externally funded programme of research linked to Earth and Environment - an interdisciplinary research theme in the School. Geology at Trinity College Dublin is committed to education that emphasises the importance of field-based investigation and observational skills. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate their experience in teaching and conducting field-based magmatic petrology and laboratory based microscopic description of magmatic rocks.
Background to the Post
Geology, which is part of the School of Natural Sciences, has recently been strengthened by the addition of a new Chair (Professor Balz Kamber), a strategic lectureship in Isotope Geochemistry (Dr. Quentin Crowley) and this appointment. The new post is concerned with the formation and evolution of magmatic rocks. Using a combined approach of field observation, petrographic information and petrological data, the successful candidate's research will contribute to deeper and more quantitative understanding of the interplay between magmatism and planetary evolution. Geology at Trinity College Dublin values observational and quantitative skills that are used to investigate the complex interactions between the solid Earth, the biosphere and the hydrosphere.
The School's four cross-disciplinary research themes: Ecology and Evolution; Earth and Environmental Science; Society, Space and Environment; and Molecular and Comparative Physiology are linked via the Centre for the Environment and the Centre for Biodiversity Research. The successful candidate's research will provide further opportunities for cross-disciplinary research both within and between schools in Trinity College Dublin. It will also strengthen links, through the Innovation Alliance, with University College Dublin, thereby building on receipt of State funding via the PRTLI5 programme and the newly established National Centre for Isotope Geochemistry at University College Dublin.
Standard Duties of the Post
The exceptional individual appointed, whilst being based in Geology, will be expected to foster interdisciplinary, collaborative research and teaching. S/he will be enthusiastic to develop further their internationally recognised research profile whilst contributing to undergraduate and post-graduate level teaching and supervision, including taught masters courses (there are currently four in the School of Natural Sciences). S/he will also undertake such administrative responsibilities as directed by the Head of School or their nominee.
The School will be able to provide a modest start-up package for the new Lecturer. In addition, we have excellent infrastructure in place particularly with respect to rock preparation and the analytical laboratories associated with the Geochemistry Laboratory in Geology and the Centre for the Environment. Trinity College Dublin operates a variety of advanced micro-beam microscopes for sub-microscopic analysis of solid specimens.
Candidates must either hold a Ph.D. in a relevant research area or have submitted their Ph.D. thesis for examination. In the latter case, the application must be accompanied by a letter from the principal supervisor of the Ph.D.
Knowledge & Experience (Essential & Desirable)
Skills & Competencies
General School Information
The School of Natural Sciences, comprising the disciplines of Botany, Geography, Geology and Zoology, the Centre for the Environment and the Centre for Biodiversity Research, is one of the largest schools in the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science and hosts biological, physical and social scientists. The School currently accommodates 47 academic staff, c. 15 postdoctoral research fellows and c. 195 postgraduate students (including 120 research students) and has a substantial annual research income of ca. €4,000,000.
It's taught programmes are varied as the School offers moderatorships (undergraduate degrees) in, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Functional Biology, Geography, Geology, Plant Sciences and Zoology and contributes to other moderatorships including Neurosciences, Geography and Politics and to Science (TR071) and Two Subject Moderatorship (TSM) programmes (http://www.naturalscience.tcd.ie/undergraduate/).
The School has also a major commitment to graduate teaching and supervision and currently hosts four taught masters programmes (http://www.naturalscience.tcd.ie/postgraduate/).The School is committed to innovative, research-led teaching and learning programmes. As one example of this commitment at undergraduate level, see the EU-funded project Linking European and Asian Academics Network in the field of Environmental Science (LEANES). (http://www.naturalscience.tcd.ie/news/articles/2009/leanesproject.php)
Research has, since 2004, secured more than €26 million of externally-funded research grants and under-pinned more than 500 publications in international, peer-reviewed journals, several reports for government and non-government agencies, a significant number of books and a large number of graduate research student theses.
Geology is located in the Museum Building on the main campus. Its academic staff and postgraduates are engaged in research across the breadth of Geology, and make a major contribution to the School's interdisciplinary research and teaching programmes. Further information is available at http://www.tcd.ie/Geology/.
Candidates wishing to discuss the lectureship post informally and in confidence should email Professor Balz Kamber, Chair of Geology: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trinity College Dublin
Founded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin is the oldest university in Ireland and one of the older universities of Western Europe. On today's campus, state-of-the-art libraries, laboratories and IT facilities, stand alongside historic buildings on a city-centre 47-acre campus.
Trinity College Dublin offers a unique educational experience across a range of disciplines in the arts, humanities, engineering, science, human, social and health sciences. As Ireland's premier university, the pursuit of excellence through research and scholarship is at the heart of a Trinity education. TCD has an outstanding record of publications in high-impact journals, and a track record in winning research funding which is among the best in the country.
TCD has developed significant international strength in its research in eight major themes which include globalisation; cancer; genetics; neuroscience; immunology and infection; communications and intelligent systems; nano and materials science as well as Irish culture and the creative arts. TCD aims to become the world reference point in at least one of these areas of research in the next 10 years.
Its current flagship interdisciplinary research institutes are in areas such as molecular medicine, neuroscience and international integration studies and nanostructures and nanodevices. The construction of Ireland's first purpose built nanoscience research institute was opened in January 2008, which houses 150 scientists, technicians and graduate students in specialised laboratory facilities. The building also includes an innovative public venue, the Science Gallery. The Biosciences Development is due for completion in mid 2011 and is the most ambitious construction project in Trinity College's history. This Development will define the scientific research landscape in Trinity College and will allow Ireland to take an international lead on the delivery of quality pharmaceutical and biotechnology research infrastructure. The building will be central to the redevelopment of Pearse Street.
The Library of Trinity College is the largest research library in Ireland and is an invaluable resource to scholars. In addition to purchases and donations accrued over four centuries, the College has had 200 years of legal deposit. By this right Trinity can claim a copy of every book published in Ireland the UK. The Library has over 4.25 million books, 22,000 printed periodical titles and access to 60,000 e-journals and 250,000 e-books. The Library's research resources also include internationally significant holdings in manuscripts (the most famous being the Book of Kells), early printed material and maps. Its collections and services support the College's research and teaching community of 15,000+ students and academic staff.
Trinity continues to attract intellectually strong students from Ireland and abroad. More than half of its incoming undergraduates have earned in excess of 500 out of a maximum 600 points in the national Leaving Certificate examination. The accessibility of a Trinity education to all students of ability is also very important. Trinity College was the first university in Ireland to reserve 15% of first year undergraduate places for students from non-traditional learning groups - students with a disability, socio-economically disadvantaged students as well as mature students. The College has met its target in this respect. There is also an exciting international mix of its student body where 16% of students are from outside Ireland and 40% of these students are from outside the European Union. TCD students also have an opportunity to study abroad in other leading European universities through Trinity's partnership agreements.
Students also benefit from a scholar teacher model where they have the opportunity of being taught by world-leading experts in their field. Interdisciplinarity forms a key element in the College strategy in increasing Trinity's international standing as a research-led university.
Many of Trinity College Dublin's alumni have helped shape the history of Ireland and Western Europe. They include author, Jonathan Swift, philosopher, George Berkeley, political philosopher, Edmund Burke, wit and dramatist, Oscar Wilde, historian, William Lecky, religious scholar, James Ussher, scientists, John Joly, George Johnstone Stoney, William Rowan Hamilton and physicians, William Stokes and Denis Burkitt.
Two of Trinity College's alumni have won Nobel prizes - Ernest Walton for Physics in 1951 and Samuel Beckett for Literature in 1968. The first President of Ireland, Douglas Hyde was a graduate as was the first female President of Ireland, Mary Robinson.
The Selection Process in Trinity
Equal Opportunities Policy
Trinity College Dublin is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the employment policies, procedures and practices which do not discriminate on grounds such as gender, marital status, family status, age, disability, race, religious belief, sexual orientation or membership of the travelling community.
This is a pensionable position. Details of the applicable Pension Scheme will be provided to successful candidates.
The Normal Retirement Age for pension purposes is 30 September on or after your 65th birthday and the terms of the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous) Provisions Act 2004 presently apply.
Candidates should submit a cover letter together with a full curriculum vitae to include the names and contact details of 3 referees (email addresses if possible), your list of publications and a research plan (summarising research to be carried out in the next two years and including details for funding to be sought - 2 pages), and a teaching statement (summarising teaching experience and approach - 2 pages) via e-Recruitment.
Candidates should note that applications that do not include this additional information will not be included in the shortlisting process.
APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED VIA E-RECRUITMENT
If you have any query regarding this, please contact:
Ms. Joanne Smith, Recruitment Executive, Human Resources, Trinity College Dublin
Tel: +353 1 896 1749
Trinity College Dublin is an equal opportunities employer.