University of Galway
Irish Research Council


Postdoctoral researcher

Ref: University of Galway 101-23

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Moore Institute, University of Galway.

This position is funded by the Irish Research Council Laureate Awards and is available from 1 September 2023 to 31 August 2025.

The Project

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This post will be based in the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies, located in the Hardiman Research Building at the University of Galway. The researcher will work with the other members of the research team and will benefit from dedicated training, mentorship and networking activities.

The research team will comprise of the PI, two postdoctoral researchers and one PhD researcher. One of the postdoctoral researchers will be a Humanities specialist (this position) and the other a Computer Science specialist. The latter will be working on textual analysis of glosses using the latest techniques of Natural Language Processing and machine learning. The project will therefore also provide opportunities to build significant expertise in Digital Humanities.

Job description

The Humanities postdoctoral researcher will explore the role of glosses in the transmission of knowledge in Europe, by focusing on the glossing tradition on one text, namely the sixth-century Latin grammar of Priscian. This encyclopaedic text was the pinnacle of the Graeco-Roman tradition of linguistic and literary study, and an important conduit for knowledge of Classical literary culture.

The work will involve surveying 25 manuscripts dating mainly from the ninth century. It will achieve results much more comprehensive and systematic than has been possible before, thanks to the new digital resources described above.


Duties include:


Essential criteria:

Desirable criteria:


Postdoctoral Researcher Scale point 1 to point 2 (€42,033 – €42621) per annum pro rata for shorter and/or part-time contracts (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply).

Start date: Position is available from September 1, 2023

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Pádraic Moran:

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How to apply

Applications should include a covering letter outlining the applicant’s suitability for the role, a sample of academic written work (e.g. published article, thesis chapter), a CV, and the contact details of two referees. Applications should be sent as one PDF file via email to:

Please put reference number University of Galway 101-23 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm, Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Interviews are planned to be held during the week of 12 June 2023

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

The University of Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

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

Download: PDR, Glossam Project, (University of Galway 101-23)