National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)

NUIG 211-19, Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Natural Sciences, NUI Galway

National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)

Galway, Ireland

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Researcher with Earth and Ocean Sciences, The School of Natural Sciences at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

This position is funded by iCRAG ( and is available from 16th December 2019 to contract end date 11th December, 2020.


Job Description:

This project aims to assess public perception of, and trust in, geoscience and geoscientists. Following completion of a wide-ranging literature review, the successful candidate will interview and survey various stakeholders to determine how the Irish public view geoscience and to identify and assess any issues of trust. Using this information, the researcher will facilitate the co-creation of an engagement strategy.



  • ·         Complete extensive literature review of geoscience communication and public perceptions
  • ·         Arrange meetings, interviews and surveys with various stakeholder around Ireland
  • ·         Complete follow up meetings and analysis of results
  • ·         Devise a public engagement strategy for geoscientists
  • ·         Coordinate with project team and have regular team meetings with project team



Qualifications/Skills required:


Essential Requirements:

  • PhD in geology

  • Published research papers (lead author)

  • Clean, full driving licence

  • Experience of presenting complex geological information to both specialist and non-specialist audiences

  • Experience of using novel science communication techniques


Desirable Requirements:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Self-motivated and well organised



Salary: €37,874 per annum/pro-rata


Start date: Position is available from 16th December 2019


Continuing Professional Development/Training:

Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.  



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Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Dr Tiernan Henry at




To Apply:

Applications to include a covering letter, CV,and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Dr Tiernan Henry:

Please put reference number NUIG 211-19 in subject line of e-mail application.


Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm, 22nd November 2019


Interviews are planned to be held on Friday November 29th, 2019


We reserve the right to re-advertise or extend the closing date for this post.


All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment


National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.


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NUIG 211-19, Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Natural Sciences, NUI Galway