Postdoctoral posts with 4-OCEANS project, Trinity Centre for Environmental Humanities

The Trinity Centre for Environmental Humanities at Trinity College Dublin is seeking to employ two postdoctoral scholars who will contribute to the European Research Council Synergy project 4-OCEANS.

The aim of 4-OCEANS is to undertake a global assessment of the importance of marine life to human societies across the past two millennia, with a particular focus on understanding the consequences of marine resource exploitation for societal development, and how selected socio-economic, cultural and environmental forces limited as well as enabled marine exploitation.

To achieve the first-ever global assessment of the role of marine life in societal development, the project is assembling a unique pool of interdisciplinary expertise in marine environmental history, climate history, natural history, geography, historical ecology, palaeoecology, environmental anthropology, environmental archaeology and zooarchaeology.

The successful candidates will be based in the Trinity Centre for Environmental Humanities and will work with project Principal Investigators (PIs) Poul Holm and/or Francis Ludlow and their teams. They will also collaborate with the wider project teams of PIs Cristina Brito (NOVA, Lisbon) and James Barrett (NTNU, Norway), and Project Partners Michael Puma (Columbia University) and Allegra LeGrande (NASA GISS).

These posts are funded by a European Research Council Synergy Grant (no. 951649) for the 4-OCEANS project, “Human History of Marine Life: Extraction, Knowledge, Drivers & Consumption of Marine Resources, c.100 BCE to c.1860 CE”, running from 2021 to 2027.

Post Status: 1 year fixed-term contract (with opportunity for renewal for one or more further years).

Salary: Appointment will be made on the Irish Universities Association Postdoctoral Salary Scale at a point in line with Government Pay Policy and experience [€39,523 to €51,035 per annum].

Closing Date: 12 Noon (Irish Standard Time) on 15 October 2022.

Application Procedure: Please submit a 2-page (approx.) cover letter concisely outlining your relevant qualifications and experience, and motivation for applying, alongside a full Curriculum Vitae that is to include the names and contact details of 2 referees (including email addresses), to Joanne D’Arcy at

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