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Assistant Professor in Physical Geography (Earth Surface Processes)

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin - Discipline of Geography

Location: Dublin - Ireland
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th January 2020
Closes: 4th March 2020
Job Ref: 034293

Post Status: Tenure Track *

Location: School of Natural Sciences

Reports to: Head of School of Natural Sciences

Salary: Appointment will be made on the Assistant Professor (Lecturer) Scale at a point in line with Government Pay Policy [€34,813 to €57,972 per annum], 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 (GMT), Wednesday, 4th March 2020

* This position is a Tenure Track position which is 5-years in the first instance, permanency is subject to satisfying the tenure requirements.

The successful applicants will be expected to take up post in September 2020.

Post Summary

The School of Natural Sciences, as part of the Trinity College Dublin’s development of the E3 initiative (, seeks to appoint an outstanding Geographer to an Assistant Professorship position within Physical Geography. We are looking for candidates with research and teaching expertise in the study of Earth surface processes who bring relevant new expertise to complement the existing research strengths in the Discipline within fluvial, coastal, and arid landscapes as well as within the School of Natural Sciences more widely. We seek candidates with experience of research in Physical Geography but with a passion for interdisciplinary working across the human-physical range of Geographical enquiry, society-policy and/or science-society interface. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate strong research complementarity with existing faculty within the Discipline of Geography, the Trinity Centre for Environment and within the School of Natural Sciences more widely. The successful candidate will conduct research and teaching (at both undergraduate and masters level) with a strong focus on key 21st Century societal challenges, such as natural hazard and climate change mitigation and/or adaptation, approaches towards more sustainable land, ocean, or atmospheric quality management practices, food security/sustainability, or any aspect of Physical Geography with a strong societal and policy relevance. It is envisaged that the candidate’s research will be relevant to current national and international research priorities in geography. 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; Horizon Europe; ERC; DAFM) and to build a dynamic research group with international recognition. Applicants should also be mindful of the potential to develop multidisciplinary research synergies with colleagues in the other E3 Schools of Engineering and Computer Sciences and Statistics. The appointee will support the University’s Strategic Plan by strengthening the geographical aspects of one or more of the University’s research themes, in particular the “Smart & Sustainable Planet” research theme. The post will support the agenda and mission of the E3 initiative, the Engineering, Emerging Technologies and Environment Institute (

The successful candidate will have a strong background in field-based research and teaching, including the use of geomorphological field measurement and laboratory techniques. Experience in leading and/or contributing to student field courses, including residential fieldtrips, is essential. Experience of physical and/or numerical modelling approaches is welcome. Applications from candidates working within the research fields of hydrology, glaciology, or biogeography are particularly welcome.

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