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We are seeking to employ two postdoctoral scholars (Research Fellows) who will contribute to the European Research Council Synergy project, 4-OCEANS, the first such project led by an Irish university.

The aim of 4-OCEANS is to undertake a global assessment of the importance of marine life to human societies across the past two millennia, with a particular focus on understanding the consequences of marine resource exploitation for societal development, and how selected socio-economic, cultural and environmental forces limited as well as enabled marine exploitation. To achieve the first-ever global assessment of the role of marine life in societal development, the project is assembling a unique pool of interdisciplinary expertise in marine environmental history, climate history, natural history, geography, historical ecology, palaeoecology, genomics, environmental archaeology and zooarchaeology.

You will be based in the Trinity Centre for Environmental Humanities ( and will work with project PIs Poul Holm and/or Francis Ludlow and their teams. You will also collaborate with the wider project teams of PIs Cristina Brito (NOVA, Lisbon) and James Barrett (NTNU, Norway), and Project Partners Michael Puma (Columbia University) and Allegra LeGrande (NASA GISS).

Standard Duties and Responsibilities of the Post Undertake project research under the direction of PIs Holm and/or Ludlow, working collaboratively with their teams (including other postdoctoral fellows, PhD students and research assistants). You may also be offered the opportunity (not mandatory) to contribute to teaching led by the Trinity Centre for Environmental Humanities (e.g., our MPhil in Environmental History).

Funding Information These posts are funded by a European Research Council Synergy Grant (no. 951649) for the 4-OCEANS project, “Human History of Marine Life: Extraction, Knowledge, Drivers & Consumption of Marine Resources, c.100 BCE to c.1860 CE”, running from 2021 to 2027.

Post Status: 1 year fixed-term contract (potential to be extended by 1 more year)

Salary: Appointment will be made on the Irish Universities Association Postdoctoral Salary Scale at a point in line with Government Pay Policy and experience [€39,523 to €51,035 per annum]. Hours of Post: Hours of work for academic staff are those as prescribed under Public Service Agreements. Please see: Closing Date: 12 Noon (Irish Standard Time) on, 15 October 2022

Application Procedure Please submit a 2-page (approx.) cover letter concisely outlining your relevant qualifications and experience, and motivation for applying, alongside a full Curriculum Vitae that is to include the names and contact details of 2 referees (including email addresses), to Joanne D’Arcy at

To view a copy of the full job spec for the position please visit: At Trinity, we are committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion. Trinity welcomes applications from all individuals, including those applicants with disabilities, those who may have had non-traditional career paths, those who have taken time out for reasons including family or caring responsibilities. We also welcome international applicants including those whom have been displaced due to war. We are ranked 3rd in the world for gender equality (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020) and we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze award, recognising our work to advance gender equality. The University is actively pursuing a Silver level award, which it has committed to achieving by 2025. Trinity is committed to supporting the work-life balance and to creating a family-friendly working environment.

  • This project is funded by the European Research Council and European Commission.Grant agreement No. 951649