Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Geology

Post Status: Specific Purpose Three Year Contract - Full-time (commences March 2023)
Research Group / Department / School: ERC Advanced grant STONE-WORK, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, School of Histories and Humanities, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
Location: Department of the History of Art and Architecture, School of Histories and Humanities, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland.
Reports to: Professor Christine Casey (Department of the History of Art and Architecture) and Professor Patrick N. Wyse Jackson (Department of Geology)
Salary: Appointment will be made at point 1 on the PD1 scale (€42,783-49,177) in line with Government Pay Policy.
Hours of Work: 39 hours per week
Closing Date: 12 Noon (GMT), 14th February 2024

Post Summary

This Post-doctoral Research Fellow will be recruited to participate in an ERC Advanced Grant research project entitled STONE-WORK. Taking stone as its focus, this will explore the trajectory of building materials from source to building site. The five-year project aims to analyse the relationship of stone sourcing, supply, working and consumption in eighteenth-century Britain and Ireland. To achieve this analysis of interdependence in architectural production cross-disciplinary research is required, combining architectural and craft history with geology and the findings of architectural conservation. The project will involve the collaboration of architectural historians, geologists, craft practitioners and heritage stakeholders. This post will involve analysis of geological data for dimension and decorative stone used in the eighteenth century, documentation of historic quarry sites across Ireland and England, organisation of a symposium, and editorial work on the resulting proceedings.

The Post-doctoral Research Fellow will be a geologist with research experience in building stones.

Standard duties and Responsibilities of the Post

  1. Investigate the 18th century sources of dimension and decorative stone in Ireland and Britain.
  2. Report on the petrological characteristics of decorative and other dimension stones utilised in buildings selected for project analysis and in relevant historic museum collections.
  3. Document past and present quarry and stone fabrication sources for stone and stone dressing styles.
  4. Help administer project-related activities including planning and reporting.
  5. Organise international meetings and conferences.
  6. Edit and prepare for publication conference proceedings.
  7. Contribute to the original research out-puts of the project.
  8. Develop the interdisciplinary dimension of the project.
  9. Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines by using initiative.

Funding Information

This specific purpose post is funded by the European Union through the ERC Advanced Grant programme.

Person Specification

The appointable candidate will hold a PhD in geology or equivalent experience. The candidate will demonstrate knowledge of building stones, evidence of research experience and will have demonstrable skills in geological analysis, writing and dissemination of research results. Knowledge of architectural history though not essential will be an advantage.


PhD or equivalent professional experience

Knowledge & Experience (Essential & Desirable)

The successful candidate will have an ability and willingness to work as part of a research team, an interest in the specific objectives of the project, practical experience in working with geological materials and information sources, a willingness to systematically collect, input and edit project data and good communication skills.

Skills & Competencies

The appointable applicant will demonstrate analytical research skills computer literacy, linguistic competence, communication and organisational skills and editorial competence.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit a cover letter outlining the skills and experience relevant to this project together with a full curriculum vitae, including the names and contact details of 2 referees (including email addresses) to and by noon on Wednesday February 14th.

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