NUIG-147-19 Research Associate / Post Doctoral Researcher at the School of Political Science and...

Updated: 10 months ago
Deadline: 13 Sep 2019

Research Associate / Post Doctoral Researcher at the School of Political Science and Sociology

NUI Galway

Ref. No. NUIG-147-19

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a fixed term position as a Research Associate / Post doctoral Researcher with School of Political Science and Sociology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. This position is funded by a CURAM project and is available from Oct 15 2019 to contract end date of 14 October 2020.

The job is related to a project which is part of the SFI funded CURAM project led by Professor Abhay as part of its Translational Research programme (see ). The title of the project is ‘Impact Orientation of Principal Investigators involved in Medical Device Research’. The project is based in the School of Political Science and Sociology under the supervision of Professor Caroline McGregor and Professor James Cunningham, Newcastle Business School, University of Northumbria.

The aim of this study is to increase our understanding of the impact orientation of PIs involved in medical device research, from basic scientific discovery to point-of-care application. The study is using an innovative ecological approach from social sciences to conceptualise and map research impact and the micro- to macro-level stakeholders involved throughout the medical device translation process. The research design adopted for this study is mixed methods research. The expected outcomes of this study include adding to the emerging bodies of research on PIs and impact, policy recommendations for government and funding bodies in terms of methods to engage more effectively with PIs to increase the impact potential of projects, training materials and workshops for PIs on impact, as well as academic publications. Both qualitative and quantitative findings will be used to develop professional development materials to be used in relevant modules aimed at training early career PI’s in developing their impact orientation.

Job Description

The successful candidate will be the lead researcher on the project under supervision of Professor Caroline McGregor. They will be a research associate and will have lead responsibility for administrating, collating and analyzing the survey findings and developing the training and education materials for the project. They will also be expected to publish the work with the Principal investigator, Collaborator and other colleagues from the CURAM translational research project group.


  • To collect, analyse and report on international survey findings
  • To synthesise and analyse qualitative and quantitative findings from the study
  • To publish a report of the main findings of the project for CURAM project and support dissemination to various stakeholder groups nationally and internationally
  • To develop training and education resources based on the project outcomes including module teaching materials and a resource workbook.
  • To work with the PI to develop publications based on the project outcomes
  • To represent the project at CURAM Platform and related groups
  • To carry out other related duties associated with the project.

Qualifications/Skills required:

Essential Requirements:

  • Experience of working on social science research project(s)
  • Demonstrated excellence in the field of quantitative research
  • Expertise in statistical analysis
  • Demonstrated experience and competence in the field of Qualitative Research
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary social science research
  • Capacity to work to tight deadlines
  • Capacity to work in a self-directed manner
  • Experience and evidence of ability to write reports for specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Evidence of publishing journal papers and other academic publications related to the project focus.

Desirable Requirements

  • Knowledge about CURAM and the Medical Device Sector in Ireland and Internationally
  • Knowledge about relevant Principal Investigator research
  • Phd Completed or Near completion in a related field
  • Specialist training in Quantitative research methods

Salary: €37,223 per annum ( pro-rata - for part time or shorter contracts)

Start date: Position is available from 15.10.2019

Continuing Professional Development/Training:

Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.

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Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Professor Caroline Mcgregor via e-mail only to

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To Apply:

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail only (in word or PDF only) to Emily O’Donnell at:

Please put reference number NUIG-147-19 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm on the 13/09/2019

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment

National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

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