Offre d’emploi – Beyond 2022 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Medieval History (1200 -1500)

Location:  The National Archives (UK) and Trinity College Dublin (2 posts)
Employer: Trinity College Dublin
Post Status: Specific Purpose (2 years)
Reports to: Dr Peter Crooks, Beyond 2022 Programme Director
Closing date:  Monday 25 May 2020 at 5pm
Posts Summary


The Beyond 2022: Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury Research Project is an all-island and international collaboration funded by the Government of Ireland, through the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, under the Project Ireland 2040 framework. Based in Trinity College Dublin, the new hires will be a part of the ADAPT Centre as well as the School of Histories & Humanities, Trinity College Dublin.

Beyond 2022 seeks to re-imagine and re-create through virtual reality the Public Record Office of Ireland building, and its archival collections, which were destroyed in the opening engagement of the Irish Civil War. The resource created by the Project will be an open-access virtual archive.

Beyond 2022 is seeking two exceptional archival and historical researchers as Postdoctoral Fellows, to be based in London at TNA and Trinity College Dublin respectively. The successful candidates will work within the project’s Medieval Irish Exchequer ‘Gold Seam’ work package under the direction of Dr Peter Crooks (Programme Director/Principal Investigator) and Dr Paul Dryburgh (TNA Co-Investigator).

The Medieval Irish Exchequer ‘Gold Seam’ work package within Beyond 2022 aims to reconstruct entire series of medieval Irish financial and administrative records, held at TNA, to the level of individual items and, where possible, entries. The research fellows will edit in digital format to the highest editorial standards the receipt and issue rolls of the medieval Irish Exchequer, subsidiary files of writs and memoranda and the enrolled accounts of the Treasurer of Ireland, which cover the period c.1270-1450.  Working as part of an interdisciplinary and international team, they will principally use TEI methodologies to edit the large corpus of over 400 rolls and subsidiary files for presentation in the online scholarly edition.

As a member of the project team, the post-holders will work closely with the computer scientists on the project to experiment with entity extraction and data linking on the semantic web in order to create metadata and populate the Beyond 2022’s Knowledge Base for Irish History, thereby contributing to the development of its standards and protocols. The post-holders will also undertake dissemination and public engagement activities to assist the project in its mission to communicate the importance of its discoveries to the widest possible audience.

Please refer to the full job description for more information and to submit an application.

Application for TNA UK Role

Application for Trinity College Role

Details required for Application Process:

  • Cover letter (1 page)
  • Research statement describing your specialist knowledge of medieval record-keeping practice and outlining how your research interests would enhance the project’s interpretation of the medieval Irish exchequer series (3 pp)
  • Full CV (3 pp) including the names of three referees who may be contacted if you are shortlisted.

Background on the ADAPT Centre

The ADAPT Centre is Ireland’s global centre of excellence for digital media technology. Led by TCD, it combines the expertise of researchers at seven universities (Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, University College Dublin, TU Dublin, Maynooth University, Athlone Institute of Technology and Cork Institute of Technology) with that of its industry partners to produce ground-breaking digital content innovations.

ADAPT brings together more than 220 researchers who collectively have won more than €100m in funding and have a strong track record of transferring world-leading research and innovations to more than 140 companies. With €50M in research funding from Science Foundation Ireland and industry, ADAPT is seeking talented individuals to join its growing research team. Our research and technologies will continue to help businesses in all sectors and drive back the frontiers of future Web engagement.


Separate applications are required from candidates applying for the fellowships tenable at TNA (UK) and Trinity College Dublin.

Candidates for the role in TNA must be entitled to work in the UK, candidates for the role in Trinity College Dublin must be entitled to work in the EU.

It is envisaged that online interviews will take place during week commencing 8 June 2020.

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