Assistant Professor in Earth Surface
Geochemistry (tenure track)

This Assistant Professor appointment will be in the broad field of Earth Surface Geochemistry. The Geology Discipline in Trinity College Dublin is setting up an Earth's Surface Research Laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility designed expressly for the analysis of soils and sediment. The facility is fully funded to undertake a large, 10-year collaborative research project on Earth surface geochemistry, and will be supported by full time technical staff. The appointee will direct the facility on a reduced teaching load during the initial term of appointment. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to expand the facility and is expected to develop an active externally funded programme of research linked to Earth and Environment - an interdisciplinary research theme in the School.

Background to the post:

Geology, which is part of the School of Natural Sciences, is a vibrant, active unit with twelve academic staff and five support staff. Since 2012, the numbers of post-doctoral researchers has multiplied to eight and there has been a more than doubling of the numbers of postgraduate students to 30+. Currently there are 50 Sophister students in Geology and Earth Sciences and up to 350 taking Freshman Geology modules annually. The successful candidate will teach in the field of Earth Surface Geochemistry at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; develop learning environments that are consistent with modern teaching and learning practices and that are flexible, student-centred and accessible, utilising appropriate technology.

The Earth's Surface Research Laboratory will be equipped with two state-of-the-art XRF instruments, an XRF preparation facility, a clean room-housed elemental analyser (TIC/TOC/S), and a clean room-housed Hg analyser. Data from all instruments will be managed by a laboratory information management system. The laboratory will also have access to a top-of-the-range ICP-OES and an ICP-MS. In addition to this post, the laboratory will be staffed with two dedicated full-time research assistants and fixed short-term staff for additional sample preparation. The laboratory has secure funding for a 10-year period through a service level agreement.

In addition to the Earth's Surface Research Laboratory, Geology at Trinity College Dublin have also recently significantly upgraded its research infrastructure. The new post holder will have access to full rock preparation facilities and the following analytical laboratories: two state-of-the-art laser-ablation ICP-MS laboratories, a clean wet laboratory and dedicated ICP-OES and MS instruments, a quality XRD instrument, two geoscience dedicated field-emission-gun SEM (one equipped with Raman and full colour CL), and a new IRMS for the analysis of H-C-N-O isotopes in organic matter and carbonates. Further details are available at

Post Specification:

This position is tenable from 1st November 2018 and the successful candidate will be expected to take up the post by 1st November 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The closing date is 12 Noon (GMT), Thursday 6th September 2018. Appointment will be made on the Assistant Professor (Lecturer) salary scale (33,875 - 48,091 per annum).

Interested applicants may contact Dr David Chew (Head of Discipline of Geology; or Dr Patrick Wyse Jackson (Head of School of Natural Sciences; initially with informal enquiries.

Further details on the post including qualifications and experience and the application procedure are available at or Applications will only be accepted through e-recruitment (

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