PhD Studentship in Irish Learning
University College Cork, College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

PhD Studentship


Job Posted: 24 May 2019
Closing Date for Applications: 21 Jun 2019
Department: Modern Irish
School: Irish Learning
College: College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: See advert for details

PhD Studentship

The Department of Modern Irish ( ) and the Tyndall National Institute ( ) at University College Cork welcome applications for a PhD studentship in the area of materiality analysis of vernacular Gaelic manuscripts.

This PhD, funded by Irish Research Council Advanced Laureate Award, will be supervised by Prof. Pádraig ÓMacháin and Dr Daniela Iacopino. The PhD will focus on X-ray fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy analysis of vernacular Gaelic manuscripts of the vellum era (1100–1600). It will include extensive laboratory and data analytics components.

Project background:

The Gaelic tradition of the hand-made book is unique in Europe for its continuity and longevity, and for its persistently scholar-driven emphasis. Manuscripts written in this tradition survive from c. AD 600 to 1900. For a thousand years, 600–1600, these manuscripts were written on animal skin by professional scholars. Many of these manuscripts have now been digitized. This proposal aims at the use of deeper analytical techniques to investigate the materiality and elemental composition of these books. Through the use of X-ray fluorescence, Raman spectroscopy, proteomic and DNA analyses, the aim is to elucidate the chemical composition of inks and the genetic make-up of the vellum. It is intended that the information gained will constitute a tool for comparative analysis of Gaelic manuscripts in time and space.

Required Qualifications/Experience:

  • Applicants should hold a 2.1 or higher Honours Bachelor’s degree in Conservation science
  • Demonstrable expertise in chemistry of conservation, analytical science (spectroscopy) and data analysis
  • A keen interest in analysis and conservation of heritage objects

Desirable Qualifications/Experience:

  • Previous experience in scientific research
  • Experience in report writing, scientific writing, presentation and communication skills

Funding details:

This full-time PhD position is funded for up to 4 years, including a monthly stipend and a travel budget to present research outcomes at international conferences. The studentship will cover fees at the rate for EU students and conference travel and pay a stipend of €18,500 p.a. (tax free) for up to four years. Applications from non-EU students are welcome, but the additional fees must be covered by the student.


To Apply:

Interested candidates should apply by email to Prof. Pádraig Ó Macháin ( ) on or before 12 noon on Friday, 21st June, 2019.

Informal enquiries before application should be directed to Prof. Pádraig Ó Macháin at the above address.

Applications should include:

  • Short covering letter describing your experience and research interests

  • A Curriculum Vitae, including contact details for two academic referees

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