Marine Geophysical PhD Project

PhD Project: Testing models of relative sea-level change: a marine geophysical perspective
Supervisor: Dr Robin Edwards, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Applications are invited for a four year PhD position in the School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

Project Details:
This PhD project will seek to address the fundamental question of whether the current generation of glacial rebound models (GRM) are capable of accurately simulating the rate and magnitude of relative sea-level (RSL) change that occurs in ice marginal (near-field) contexts when ice sheets are undergoing rapid melting.

This research question will be addressed by examining the nature of RSL change associated with the disintegration of the British-Irish ice sheet at the end of the last glacial period. This region is uniquely positioned to provide critical constraints on GRM parameters and is a major focus for agenda-setting international research in sea level modelling. Despite its central importance, the nature of RSL change around the Irish coastline is contested and the subject of current debate in the international literature. The latest model simulations are incompatible with some field-based reconstructions, indicating that either (or both) are associated with significant error. Progress in resolving this debate has been slow due, in part, to the tendency for views to be polarised according to methodological and disciplinerelated divisions.

This PhD will seek to address this issue by the novel combination and integration of data and approaches from across this methodological divide. Its multi-disciplinary approach will employ a combination of GRM and ground-truthed high resolution marine acoustic surveys to test an explicit hypothesis that arises from the mutually exclusive patterns of RSL change that characterise the current debate.

The student will use recently acquired high-resolution multi-beam bathymetric data and groundtruthed, geo-coded backscatter data, in conjunction with existing topographic and seismostratigraphic data, and targeted seafloor sediment sampling, to examine the inner-shelf morphology adjacent to the north coast of Ireland.

The PhD project will be based at Trinity College Dublin which is one of the top 50 universities in the world and was ranked 13th in Europe by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) university league tables. The student will also have the opportunity to collaborate with, and receive training from, a team of international scientists based in Ireland, the UK and Canada, including Dr Glenn Milne (Ottawa) & Dr Rory Quinn (Centre for Maritime Archaeology, Ulster).

Application Process:
Due to the multi-disciplinary nature of this project, candidates with broad backgrounds in Earth or Ocean Science, Physical Geography or a related subject are welcome to apply. Candidates should have a first or upper second class honours degree and applicants with a relevant MSc or MRes are particularly encouraged to apply. Whilst training will be provided, prior experience in processing marine geophysical data and/or working with marine sediments (sedimentology/micropalaeontology) would be beneficial. The starting salary will be in the region of €20 000 per year.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Robin Edwards (email:

Applicants should submit a covering letter and Curriculum vitae along with the names and contact details of two academic referees to the address below before Friday 17th July 2009.

Completed applications should be sent to: Dr Robin Edwards, School of Natural Sciences, Museum Building, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Republic of Ireland. (Email:

Rory Quinn
Centre for Maritime Archaeology
School of Environmental Sciences
University of Ulster
Coleraine bt52 1sa
Co. Derry
Northern Ireland


7 June 2009

1) Director, Merseyside Maritime Museum, closes June 30

2) Conservator, National Maritime Museum, closes June 19

3) Project Leader, Development and Production, Old Port of Montreal, closes June 15

4) Museum Assistant, Marine Museum of the Great Lakes, ncd

5) Curatorial Assistant, Marine Museum of the Great Lakes, closes June 12

6) Audience Development Officer, Marine Museum of the Great Lakes, ncd

7) Education Director, Annapolis Maritime Museum, closes June 27

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: East meets West along the Maritime Silk Route

Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Okuma Small Auditorium / Okuma Memorial Hall, Waseda Campus
(1-6-1 Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-ku, TOKYO)

2-3 July 2009
1st day 2 – 6 pm, 2nd day 9am – 6pm
It is the purpose of this symposium to examine the trading dynamics of the maritime silk route from the Hellenistic period in the west until the time just prior to the rise of the Mongol Empire in the East. The aim is to cross disciplinary boundaries and bring together scholars from the fields of Egyptian, Classical, Byzantine, Indian and Asian maritime history and archaeology, in order to examine the longue duree of trade along the maritime silk route. It will attempt to document the ebb and flow of trade, consider the changing natures of cargoes over the years and assess the relative importance of this trade to communities of merchants, shippers, manufactures and consumers at the stops along the route through which goods passed on their way from east to west or west to east.

The Fourth conference of the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology at University of Oxford is jointly organised with the Institute of Egyptology, Waseda University. Fifteen papers will be given by a group of international scholars from Europe, America and Asia. It will lead to the publication of a monograph on this topic.
For further information:

Or alternatively, please contact:
Dr Damian Robinson ( at the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford, 36 Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PG, UK


Symposium Secretariat in Japan
Tsukiji Eto Bldg., 5F, 1-12-6 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0045 Japan
Tel: +81-3 3524-3132 Fax: +81-3-3524-3135

29 May 2009

1) Assistant Curator, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, ncd (Interest in maritime history,&/or marine art archaeology pref)

2) Curatorial Assistant, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Job starts in June, apply today

3) Bosun / Ship’s Rigger
Develop and execute work schedules associated with the maintenance of rigging for Mayflower II and other water craft owned by Plimoth Plantation. Plan and purchase materials relating to the rigging. Responsible for the fabrication, overhaul, and maintenance of sails, and rigging. Responsible for maintenance of moorings and other dock lines. Assists with moving Mayflower II while sailing or towing the ship to dry-dock. Work with carpenters performing maintenance and restoration work on Mayflower II. Work with and supervise the interpretive staff when performing period maintenance or repairs to the rigging. Research products, tools, practices and techniques of the late 16th and early 17th century riggers and rigging. May work in costume aboard Mayflower II while performing some aspects of maintenance and repair work. Must have 3-4 years experience as a rigger or bosun in ship maintenance and repair or deck hand in sail or merchant marine. Working knowledge of line handling and boson’s work, including paints oils, marine sealant and canvas work. Extensive knowledge and experience with block and tackle, and moving heavy loads. Send cover letter and resume to Plimoth Plantation; Attn: Sue Haverstock; PO Box 1620; Plymouth, MA 02362 or email

Maritime Conference in the Humanities

October 23-25, 2009, Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Massachusetts Maritime Academy is pleased to host a Maritime Conference in the Humanities in October 2009. All enthusiasts of maritime literature, history, and culture are invited to attend. Maritime scholars in literature, history, and the arts are invited to submit proposals for papers on humankind’s relationship with the sea through literary fiction or nonfiction; drama or poetry; naval or merchant, history; maritime culture; or musical or other forms of artistic expression.

Newport Medieval Ship Project Environmental Archaeologist

The Newport Medieval Ship Project is seeking to recruit a trained environmental archaeologist in the role of Project Officer to carry out an environmental archaeology project. The specific duties of the short term post include processing bulk environmental samples recovered during the excavation.    Applications are invited from archaeologists and conservators, preferably with experience in sieving and processing environmental samples, as well as handling and recording waterlogged archaeological remains.

The Project Officer will need to demonstrate previous find recording and supervisory experience. This post if offered on a fixed term basis of 10 weeks.  Applicants must be proficient in a range of IT applications and have good communication skills. 

If you would like to discuss details of these posts please telephone Mike Lewis 01633 840064 or Toby Jones on 01633 215707, or via email at Pay Range: £19,427 – £21,306 (pro rata) Closing Date: 5 June 2009

Details and an application form can be found at:

Toby Jones

Newport Medieval Ship Project
Unit No. 22, Maesglas Industrial Estate
Newport, South Wales
NP20 2NN

01633 215707 phone
01633 215709 fax

Maritime Archaeology Day on the Swash Channel Wreck site

We are holding a Maritime Archaeological Day (M.A.D) about the Swash Channel Wreck site off Poole Harbour (Dorset).
The event is scheduled for Saturday 2nd May 2009 at Bournemouth University – Talbot Campus, from 10 am-4 pm and is free and open to all.
I have taken the liberty to attach the link below with some relevant information.
The event is free, open to all and no profit will be gained out of it. Parking is also free.
Paola Palma
Lecturer in Marine Archaeology
Programme Leader MSc Maritime Archaeology
School of Conservation Science
Bournemouth University
Room 234 –  Christchurch House
Bournemouth University
Talbot Campus Fern Barrow
Poole –  Dorset – BH12 5BB
United Kingdom
Tel:  +44 (0) 1202 965452
Fax: +44 (0) 1202 965046
Mobile:+44 (0) 7990 624960

BSc and MSc in Maritime Archaeology, Bournemouth University, Apply today

Bournemouth University is now recuiting for BSc and MSc in Maritime Archaeology – for the academic year 2009-2010.
Enquiry about a potential discount on your fees.
Please contact:
 Dave Parham for BSc at
 Paola Palma for MSc at
or follow the link:
Many thanks,
Paola Palma
Lecturer in Marine Archaeology
Programme Leader MSc Maritime Archaeology
School of Conservation Science
Bournemouth University
Room 234 –  Christchurch House
Bournemouth University
Talbot Campus Fern Barrow
Poole –  Dorset – BH12 5BB
United Kingdom
Tel:  +44 (0) 1202 965452
Fax: +44 (0) 1202 965046
Mobile:+44 (0) 7990 624960

25 April 2009

1) Archaeology Advisor, English Heritage, closes May 4

“A broad understanding of the pre-history and history of England is also essential. Knowledge of the planning system relating to archaeology, countryside management and maritime issues are also key attributes for this role.”

2) Museum small craft technician, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, closes May 4

3) Museum small craft technician (Job 2), San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, closes May 4

4) Supervisory Park Ranger, Biscayne National Park, closes May 6

5) Archivist, US Navy History and Heritage Command, closes April 25

6) Objects Conservator, Australian National Maritime Museum, closes May 8

18 April 2009

1) Archeologist, US Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District. This District has a long history of underwater archaeology projects, closes September 17

2) Historian, US Naval History and Heritage Command, closes April 25:

This position is located in the Integration and Outreach Division, Naval History and Heritage Command.  This position is a Liaison Historian assigned to a high-level Navy office, who acts as a link between the host office director and the Naval History & Heritage Command. The incumbent is responsible for the collection and processing of historical documentation related to the office to which they are assigned, with special emphasis on capturing and documenting for the historical record the activities and policy decisions of the resident director.

Assistant Professor of Archaeology, Marine Archaeology: Coastal Carolina University

Assistant Professor of Archaeology, marine archaeology:

The position will be appointed to a probationary tenure-track position in the Department of Marine Science and will be expected to develop a vigorous research program in the region that actively engages students, the community, and existing areas of expertise in the sciences and humanities.

The successful candidates will be expected to develop course offerings in basic and marine archeology and related specialty areas as well as contribute to the overall general education, and potentially marine science undergraduate, and coastal marine and wetland studies graduate course offerings. Preference will be given to candidates that can strongly engage existing departmental and college strengths and resources in collaborative integrated research initiatives.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in archeology or related field, demonstrated accomplishment in field-based research and effective teaching is required. Teaching assignments may include evening/weekend courses and courses taught at off-campus sites.

4 April 2009

1) Hydrographic Surveyor, ncd

2) Park Ranger, USS Arizona Memorial, closes April 7

3) Park Ranger, USS Arizona Memorial, closes April 7

4) Historical Society Intern
An internship for an undergraduate or graduate student studying history, museum studies, or library science, is available with the New London County Historical Society, the oldest historical organization in eastern Connecticut. Our headquarters are located in downtown New London in the Shaw Mansion, built in 1756, which served as the Naval War Office for Connecticut during the American Revolution. Our collection is rich with extensive maritime connections to colonial-era trade and 19th-century whaling. The intern will have a diverse experience working with our small professional staff: historical interpretation, collections management, marketing, website content and exhibit development all areas to be included. The time commitment would be approximately 20 hours per week, Wednesday through Saturday, beginning in June. A stipend will be paid at the close of the internship. Please send letter of inquiry and resume by mail or email to: Edward Baker, Executive Director, New London County Historical Society, 11 Blinman Street, New London, CT 06320,

Edward S. Miller Research Fellowship in Naval History

The Edward S. Miller Research Fellowship in Naval History. The Naval War College Foundation intends to award one grant of $1,000 to the researcher with the greatest need and can make the optimum use of the research materials for naval history located in the Naval War College’s Archives, Naval Historical Collection, Naval War College Museum, and Henry E. Eccles Library. Further information on the manuscript and archival collections and copies of the registers for specific collections are available on request from the Head, Naval Historical Collection. E-mail:

The recipient will be a Research Fellow in the Naval War College’s Maritime History Department, which will provide administrative support during the research visit. Submit detailed research proposal that includes a full statement of financial need and comprehensive research plan for optimal use of Naval War College materials, curriculum vitae, at least two letters of recommendation, and relevant background information to Miller Naval History Fellowship Committee, Naval War College Foundation, 686 Cushing Road, Newport RI 02841-1207, by 1 August 2009. For further information, contact the chair of the selection committee at  Employees of the U.S. Naval War College or any agency of the U.S. Department of Defense are not eligible for consideration; EEO/AA regulations apply.