Posted on: 2 July, 2019
Application deadline: July 31, 2019

Job Vacancy: PDRA/Project Coordinator, ‘Ports Past and Present’, Aberystwyth University, Wales

PDRA/Project Coordinator position on the 4-year project ‘Ports Past and Present: cultural crossings between Ireland and Wales’ at Aberystwyth University. The post is fixed term to 30 April 2023. The closing date for applications is 31 July. Ref: GE.19.2638

Full details, including person specification, main responsibilities and duties, and details of how to apply may be accessed through the following link. Candidates must include one sample of writing with their application:

Post-Doctoral Research Associate / Project Coordinator

Ports Past and Present

Department of Geography and Earth Sciences

Aberystwyth University

36.5 hours per week

Fixed term from 1 August 2019 to 30 April 2023

Grade 7: £34,189 per annum


We are seeking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to coordinate and undertake research on “Ports Past and Present: Cultural Crossings between Ireland and Wales” (PPP), a 4-year project funded through the Ireland Wales 2014-2020 European Territorial Co-operation (ETC) programme, which receives funds through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University, coordinating activities and undertaking research, as well as contributing to work packages led by our project partners. The successful candidate will work with Professor Peter Merriman and Professor Rhys Jones at Aberystwyth University, as well as working closely with the lead partner University College Cork, and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Wexford County Council.

The post-holder will be responsible for undertaking extensive research, data collection, and analysis on the histories of 5 Irish Sea ports and their communities in Wales and Ireland (Holyhead, Fishguard, Pembroke Dock, Dublin and Rosslare), as well as the long history of journeys through these ports between Ireland and the UK. The project will involve detailed coordination with the three other project partners and other key project stakeholders in Ireland and Wales. Amongst other activities, the Aberystwyth team will be leading work package 3, which involves researching and overseeing the production of film documentaries on the heritage of the five ports in collaboration with documentary film-makers. A key aim of the project will be to use the use the history of the ports to engage local stakeholders with a view to promoting heritage led regeneration. The project will involve travel in Wales and Ireland, and the successful candidate will need to have a full valid UK Driving Licence or equivalent right to drive in the UK.

To make an informal enquiry, please contact Professor Peter Merriman at