Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Post-Doctoral Position to work on Irish placenames


Post-Doctoral Researcher

Job Posted: 23 Feb 2018
Closing Date for Applications: 13 Apr 2018
School: Department of Early and Medieval Irish
College: College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: €36,853-€43,828 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Position Summary
The aim of the Locus Project is to produce a new historical dictionary of Irish placenames and tribal names to replace Fr Edmund Hogan's Onomasticon Goedelicum. The Locus Project is based in the Department of Early and Medieval Irish at University College Cork, Ireland.
We have previously received funding from Toyota Ireland Ltd., from the Higher Education Authority, from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS), from An Roinn Gnóthaí Pobail, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta and from The Heritage Council.
Six volumes of the Historical Dictionary of Irish Placenames have been published to date by the Irish Texts Society along with the proceedings of a one-day seminar on Hogan's Onomasticon and a bibliography of publications on Irish placenames.
Post duration: Two years
Salary: €36,853-€43,828 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)
Project: Locus Project

Key Duties and Responsibilities
This title will apply to newly qualified Post-Doctoral Researchers and will be considered as a period of training as the researcher will have dual goals in terms of the research project and their own career development. The researcher will be mentored by a Principal Investigator (PI). It is expected that a researcher would spend not more than 3 years at the Post Doctoral level, subject to the term of the project and would then be eligible to compete for a Senior Post Doctoral post advertised by the University.
The primary focus of the Postdoctoral Researcher will be research; however, a particular emphasis during this stage should include (critical points in bold);
  • To become an active member of the Locus Project and to take responsibility for preparing one volume of the Historical Dictionary of Gaelic Placenames for publication under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College in order to develop research skills and competencies.
  • To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the Department of Early and Medieval Irish.
  • To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed by, with the support of and under the supervision of a Principal Investigator.
  • To become familiar with the publication process.
  • To acquire generic and transferable skills (including project management, business skills and postgraduate mentoring/supervision).
  • To gain experience in grant writing.
  • To interact closely with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD and possibly have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with an academic supervisor.
  • To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.
  • To carry out additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • To contribute to costing research grant proposals and assist in the financial management of a research project.
  • A primary degree in any period of Irish (Early, Medieval or Modern).
  • A doctorate in an appropriate discipline. Preference will be given to candidates with a doctorate in any period of Irish (Early, Medieval or Modern). 
  • Appropriate research experience with a level of publications appropriate to the post.
  • Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment.
  • A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
  • Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.
  • A commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project.
  • Ability to work well within a team.
  • Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.
It will be an advantage to candidates to possess the following:
  • Fluency in Irish.
  • A good knowledge of Early and Medieval Irish.
  • An interest in the study of placenames
Cuspóir an phoist
  • Beifear ag súil go nglacfaidh an duine a cheapfar páirt ghníomhach i dTionscnamh Locus agus go mbeidh sé/sí freagrach as imleabhar amháin de Foclóir Stairiúil Áitainmneacha na Gaeilge a ullmhú don chló.
  • Beifear ag súil leis go nglacfaidh an té a cheapfar páirt ghníomhach in imeachtaí acadúla Roinn na Sean- agus na Meán-Ghaeilge.
  • Bunchéim in aon réimse den Ghaeilge (Sean-, Meán- nó Nua-Ghaeilge).
  • Dochtúireacht i ndisciplín a bhaineann le hábhar. Tabharfar tús áite d’iarrthóirí le dochtúireacht in aon réimse den Ghaeilge (Sean-, Meán- nó Nua-Ghaeilge). 
  • Bheith gníomhach i gcúrsaí taighde agus foilseacháin acadúla ag an iarrthóir a bheadh ag teacht le leibhéal an cheapacháin.
  • Ba bhuntáiste na sonraí seo a leanas a bheith ag iarrthóirí:
  • Líofacht sa Ghaeilge.
  • Eolas maith ar an tSean- agus an Mheán-Ghaeilge.
  • Suim i gcúrsaí logainmníochta.
For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:
Name: Kevin Murray
Title: Dr
Email Address:
Telephone: 021-4903192
To Apply:
Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to Ms Ciara Ní Churnáin, (021-4903360), on or before the closing date Friday 13 April, 2018, at 17.00.
Supplementary Information on the Department/Research Centre is available at the following URL:

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