Postdoctoral Researcher in Early Modern Food History

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Ireland,
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 14 Oct 2020

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 14th October 2020 at 12pm

Contract type: Specific purpose research contract (fixed term, whole-time)

Post duration: 30th months from mid-January 2021

Applications are invited for a 30-month research position as part of the European Research Council FoodCult project. The project uses interdisciplinary methods to explore food, culture and identity in Ireland, c. 1550-1650.

Position Summary:

We seek to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct research on food consumption in early modern Ireland. The post-holder will be appointed primarily under work package 1 of the project: Food Microhistories, which uses institutional and household accounts to examine both dietary trends and the social and cultural ‘meanings’ of food in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Ireland. The successful candidate will work on records already digitised by the PI, while also seeking to identify further accounts for analysis. S/he will conduct archival research, transcribe, input, and analyse data, and prepare select accounts for publication. S/he will also contribute to other relevant work packages, including the ‘Ale, Beer and Brewing’ study (scheduled for March 2021), which will replicate and test the nutritional value of sixteenth-century household beer, and the ‘Dietary Isotopes’ study which integrates historical and bioarchaeological approaches to explore diet. The post-holder will also undertake dissemination and public engagement activities to assist the project in its aim to communicate the importance of its discoveries to the widest possible audience.

A keen interest in interdisciplinary research is essential to this role.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct excellent research at archives in the UK and Ireland and assist the Principal Investigator in the planning, organizing, conducting, and communicating of research within the overall scope of the project.
  • Support the research team in the design and development of the research programme and identify suitable new opportunities to expand our datasets.
  • In collaboration with other team members, develop the work package database and independently undertake transcription, database population, analysis, and management of data.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with non-project colleagues and stakeholders in collaborating institutions.
  • Publish research outputs in edited volumes, relevant to the wider project, and contribute to other co-authored publications.
  • Contribute to the public engagement components of the project through talks, podcasts, film, social media, and the development of an online exhibition.

Further information for applicants

For information on the project see:

For informal enquiries candidates should contact

Name: Dr. Susan Flavin

Email Address:

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit a full Curriculum Vitae to include the names and contact details of 3 referees, together with a cover letter (2 A4 pages max) to

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