Professor of Geology and Mineralogy (1843) – Specialization in Geochemistry

Dublin, Leinster (IE)
Jul 13, 2018
Sep 11, 2018
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Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, invites applications for the position of Professor of Geology and Mineralogy (1843). The successful candidate will be expected to provide strong academic leadership in research, teaching and supervision. The Professorship will strengthen and complement the strategic research area of Geochemistry in the Discipline of Geology (School of Natural Sciences).

The successful candidate will be an internationally-recognised scholar in Geochemistry and will provide a leading interdisciplinary role across the School and College. An internationally recognised research profile, with a strong record of publications in high-impact journals, demonstrated ability to raise research funding, and a proven capacity to collaborate with industry is essential. An excellent track record in teaching and supervision is required.

Background to the post:

Geology is a vibrant unit with twelve academic staff and five support staff. Since 2012, the numbers of post-doctoral researchers has multiplied to eight and there has been a more than doubling of the numbers of postgraduate students to 30+. Currently there are 50 Sophister students in Geology and Earth Sciences and up to 350 taking Freshman Geology modules annually.

This post concerns itself with the broad area of geochemistry. Using a combined approach of field observation, petrographic information and geochemical data, the candidate’s research will contribute to deeper and more quantitative understanding of geochemistry, and the evolving biosphere. The Discipline of Geology values observational and quantitative skills that are used to investigate the complex interactions between the solid Earth, the biosphere and the hydrosphere.

The new post holder will have access to the following analytical laboratories: two state-of-the-art laser-ablation ICP-MS laboratories, a clean wet laboratory and dedicated ICP-OES and ICP-MS instruments, an XRD instrument, and a new IRMS for the analysis of H-C-N-O isotopes in organic matter and carbonates. The successful candidate will also have access to full rock and petrographic preparation facilities and the iCRAG laboratory@TCD.  The iCRAG laboratory@TCD has three field-emission SEMs: a Zeiss FE-SEM and two Tescan FE-SEMs equipped with Oxford X-Max 150mm2 detectors, including one with integrated Raman spectrometry and colour cathodoluminescence.  TCD Geology is also currently establishing its Earth's Surface Research Laboratory, which will be equipped with two state-of-the-art XRF instruments, an XRF preparation facility, a clean room-housed elemental analyser (TIC/TOC/S), and a clean room-housed Hg analyser.  Further details are available at

Post Specification:

This position is tenable from 1st January 2019 and the successful candidate will be expected to take up the post by 1st January 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.  The closing date is 12 Noon (GMT), Thursday 6th September 2018. Appointment will be made on the Professor salary scale (€114,740 - €140,961 per annum).

Interested applicants may contact Dr David Chew (Head of Discipline of Geology; or Dr Patrick Wyse Jackson (Head of School of Natural Sciences; with informal enquiries.

Further details on the post including qualifications and experience and the application procedure are available at or

Applications will only be accepted through e-recruitment (