Assistant Professor Nature Based Solutions

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin - School of Natural Sciences

Department/Faculty: School of Natural Sciences / Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics & Science Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

Location: Discipline of Zoology, School of Natural Sciences Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland

Reports to: Head of School, School of Natural Sciences

Salary: Appointment will be made on the Assistant Professor scale [€33,540 to €47,615 per annum], at a point in line with Government Pay Policy.

Please note: appointment will be made no higher than point 8

Hours of Work: Hours of work for academic staff are those as prescribed under Public Service Agreements. For further information please follow the link below:

Closing Date: 12 Noon (Irish Standard Time), Friday, 15th December 2017

Post Summary

The School of Natural Sciences seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor in the Biology of Nature-based Solutions. Nature-based solutions are “actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems, that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits” (IUCN).

We are open to the appointment of an Assistant Professor with an excellent research record in any field of Nature-based Solutions including terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems. Research in Nature-based Solutions can be applied to a range of societal and economic challenges including (but not limited to): coastal defence, invasive species management, bio-based industry applications, biomedical applications, fisheries management, integrated pest management, agricultural production, Blue Economy development and ecosystem service provision.

It is envisaged that the candidate’s research will be relevant to current national and international research priorities in biology or ecology. A strong track record in publication is expected and the appointee will be required to compete for national and International research funding (e.g. SFI; EPA; EU Horizon 2020; ERC; DAFM) and to build a dynamic research group with international recognition. The appointee’s research will provide opportunities for cross-disciplinary research among Schools and within the Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research (TCBR) and The Trinity Centre for the Environment. The appointee will support the University’s Strategic Plan by strengthening the biological aspects of one or more of the University’s research themes, in particular the “Smart & Sustainable Planet” research theme. The post will support the proposed new agenda and mission of the E3 initiative, the Engineering, Energy and Environment Institute (

The Assistant Professor will contribute to teaching in the School at undergraduate level, to the Biological & Biomedical Sciences stream of the Science Course in the Freshman years (years 1 & 2) and to relevant modules in the Zoology, Botany and/or Environmental Science degree programmes in Sophister years (years 3 & 4), notably in the areas of Nature-based solutions, sustainability and ecosystem management as well as their specialist area. S/he may contribute to the School’s taught MSc programmes, including cross-disciplinary Masters programmes.

S/he will be responsible for contributing to a new Trinity Elective module for the Smart & Sustainable Planet research theme.

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