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Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Early and Medieval Irish, School of Irish Learning

4 Nov 2022

Project: Ultonia - Cultural Dynamics in medieval Ulster: a shared inheritance

18 Months, Fixed-Term, Whole-time Post

Position Summary

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Early and Medieval Irish, School of Irish Learning

The Ultonia project, led by researchers in UCC and UU Magee, was inspired by the Educational Dialogue strand of the Shared Island Initiative which calls on educators North and South to learn from each other and jointly reflect on the future of education on the island. The objectives of the Ultonia project are three-fold: to conduct in-depth research on the cultural dynamics of medieval Ulster within the context of pre-Norman Ireland as a whole, to provide experience in institutions North and South for an early career postdoctoral researcher, and to create a body of educational resources available online for schools on either side of the border. The project will provide a valuable opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher to build a network North and South and to produce research of a high standard.

The Post-Doctoral researcher will have a key role in liaising with schools and in helping to prepare the work packages for teachers. In addition, the person appointed will also be tasked with preparing materials for workshops, collating feedback, conducting research in the area of the project, and preparing online educational resources. The successful applicant should have an educational background in the fields of Celtic Studies, Medieval Irish History or a cognate discipline. Experience of working on source texts in Irish and/or Latin is essential as is the ability to work well in a team. Garda vetting and/or international police clearance will be necessary on appointment.

Candidates who are yet to defend their PhD thesis are also welcome to contact Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh for informal enquiries.

Post Duration: 18 months

Salary: €41,207 - €47,477 p.a. (IUA PD1 Salary Scale)

Project:  Ultonia - Cultural Dynamics in medieval Ulster: a shared inheritance

For an information package including further details of the post see

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Department of Early and Medieval Irish; Email:

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title and project name.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Thursday, 24 November 2022. No late applications will be accepted.

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