Post Doctoral Researcher in Community Psychology

Updated: 6 months ago
Location: Limerick, LEINSTER
Deadline: 03 Apr 2020

TITLE OF POST: Post Doctoral Researcher in Community Psychology

LOCATION: University of Limerick

REPORTS TO: Project Leader

CONTRACT TYPE: Specific Purpose

SALARY SCALE: €37,874 - €49,048 p.a. pro rata (maximum starting salary €38,417 p.a. pro rata)

This position is subject to Garda Vetting and Foreign Police Clearance. If you have resided outside Ireland for a cumulative period of 36 months or more over the age of 18 years you must furnish a Foreign Police Clearance (FPC) from the country or countries of residence. Please note; any costs incurred in this process will be borne by the candidate.


The Post Doctoral Researcher will report directly to the project leader. Their primary responsibility will be to provide day-to-day project management and support of all activities required to achieve the deliverables for the evaluation of the implementation of the National Housing First Programme in Ireland. The Post Doctoral Researcher will oversee data collection from service providers, service users, and stakeholders involved in Housing First Programmes at nine sites across Ireland. They will be responsible for qualitative and quantitative data collection, data management, and data analysis activities. They will contribute to the delivery of interim and final reports to the funding body as well as manuscripts for publication in peer-review journals. They will also contribute to any and all trainings delivered at the Housing First sites, for example, training in fidelity self-assessments.

The Post Doctoral Researcher will support the Principal Investigator in all responsibilities related to this evaluation in order to ensure successful completion of the project. They will cultivate and maintain positive relationships with the contracting agency, key stakeholders, and Housing First programmes at all nine sites.



  • Contribute to the research programme of the Department under general guidance of a member of the academic staff or Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • Define research objectives and proposals for own (or joint) research in line with research strategy.
  • Conduct individual and/or collaborative research projects in a variety of settings (laboratory, creative performance, field, clinical setting).
  • Determine appropriate methodologies for research, with advice and support as appropriate.
  • Assess research findings for the need/scope for further investigations/commercial exploitation.
  • Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity.

Research Management

  • Plan, co-ordinate and implement research project (this may include managing a small research team/coordinating other researcher activity).
  • Manage own personal and research resources (including where required, laboratories and specialist equipment) appropriately.
  • Manage own research budget, if any, and keep records as directed and in line with funder/university policy as appropriate.

Income Generation/Funding

  • May identify sources of funding and pursue the process of securing funds.
  • May work with PI to contribute to proposals for developmental purposes.

Research Outputs - Write Up and Dissemination

  • Write up results from own research activity.
  • Contribute to the research project’s dissemination, in whatever form (report, papers, chapters, book).
  • Present information on research progress and outcomes e.g. to bodies supervising research; conferences, steering groups; other team members, as agreed with the PI/project leader.
  • Where appropriate, work with PI to register patents to protect intellectual property.


  • May act as co-supervisor or be a member of a supervision panel.
  • May participate in limited teaching hours for own development. The extent of this must not adversely impact the primary research role.
  • May act as mentor to foreign students on undergraduate placement.

Policy & Standards

  • Knowledge and understanding of the policy, practices and procedures, relevant to the role, which may include broader university/sector/external sponsor or funder (e.g. Commercial Awareness, Research Ethics, Knowledge Transfer, Patents, Intellectual Property Rights, Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities & Diversity).
  • Legal requirements regarding data protection and confidentiality data protection requirements.

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