Work on the Data Stories project: 3 four year postdoc posts

The Data Stories project is seeking three postdoctoral researchers to work on the project. The postdoctoral researchers will work on phase 1 and 2 of the project and will principally undertake the research for four case studies, including their preparation, fieldwork, analysis, and creation of their associated data stories, including coordination with the assigned creative writer/artist, as well aiding the organisation of exhibitions, and archiving and documenting the project. They will have experience of handling administrative datasets, using a variety of qualitative methods, and preferably familiarity with creative and artistic methods.

At least two of the postdoctoral researchers will have research experience in Human Geography, Urban Studies, or Planning. One post will preferably have research experience in Critical Data Studies, STS, Media Studies, Art and Design or related disciplines.

For an overview of the Data Stories project see here

Full details of the posts are in Job Spec booklet

The ideal candidate will have:


  • Either a PhD in Human Geography, Urban Studies, or Planning, or in Art and Design, Critical Data Studies, STS, Media Studies, or related disciplines.
  • Strong working knowledge of planning, property, and housing issues and its underlying evidence base, or of data practices, policies and infrastructures within state, business and civil society organisations.
  • A good working knowledge of handling and using administrative data, spatial data and databases.
  • A deep knowledge and experience of using qualitative methods, particularly undertaking ethnographies, interviews, and focus groups, and analysing the data generated.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience of working collaboratively in research teams and with external stakeholders.
  • A willingness to work undertake interdisciplinary research and learn new knowledge and skills.
  • Good project management skills, an ability to coordinate four case studies with stakeholders and to contribute to organisation of workshops, seminars, and exhibitions.
  • Ability to work with a degree of autonomy, manage workloads, deadlines, and responsibilities.
  • A record of scholarly work and publication of international quality, appropriate to career stage.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills in English.


  • Using and devising creative methods, such as creative writing, artistic methods, documentary filmmaking or live performance.
  • Experience of working with artists and writers, or undertaking participatory practice, such as participatory GIS or citizen science.
  • Experience of producing data stories and using interactive data visualisation.
  • Experience of archiving data in an open repository.
  • An ability to present research findings at international conferences.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with nonacademic audiences.


Application Procedure

Applications must be submitted online via the Maynooth University vacancy portal

Key Dates

Closing Date: 23.30hrs (local Irish time) on 1st November 2022

Anticipated Start Date: 1st February

Further Information

Further information about the role including application procedure should be obtained from the Maynooth University vacancies website

Informal enquiries may be directed to Prof. Rob Kitchin:

The project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme Grant Agreement No. 101052998