Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a four year (1.0 FTE) fixed term contract position as Post-Doctoral Researcher/Research Fellow with Evidence Synthesis Ireland (ESI) (https://evidencesynthesisireland.ie/).
Evidence Synthesis Ireland is an all-Ireland initiative funded by the Health Research Board (HRB) and the Health and Social Care, Research and Development (HSC R&D) Division of the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland.
The position is full-time (1.0 FTE) and is available from 4th Jan 2022 to 30 November 2025. The successful candidate will be based in the Centre for Health Evaluation, Methodology Research and Evidence Synthesis (CHEMRES) in NUI Galway. CHEMRES is also host to Cochrane Ireland and the HRB-Trials Methodology Research Network.
ESI’s mission is to make evidence syntheses more usable in every sense of the word – better designed, conducted, and reported, more useable for decision makers and more usable within health care policy and clinical practice decision making across the island of Ireland and beyond. We are building evidence synthesis knowledge, awareness and capacity among the public, health care institutions and policymakers, clinicians, and researchers on the island of Ireland. We are also generating knowledge on methodological efficiencies in evidence syntheses.
ESI includes Cochrane Ireland, whose mission is to promote evidence-informed health decision-making by producing high-quality, relevant, accessible systematic reviews and other synthesized research evidence.
The role is to plan, conduct and support ESI activity in relation to the co-ordination of prioritised national and international evidence syntheses relevant to policy and practice on the island of Ireland and integration of capacity building into this activity. This role will require substantial evidence synthesis methodology experience and expertise as well as demonstratable evidence of leadership ability.
The successful candidate will contribute to the research programme of ESI. The successful candidate is expected to build capacity in evidence synthesis by supporting ESI’s training programme. The successful candidate will also have access to a large program of education for their own professional development.
The successful candidate will be responsible for leading and supporting evidence syntheses across a range of study designs and for leading a program of primary synthesis methodology research. The successful applicant will be highly motivated, passionate about developing high quality research, self-motivated with strong attention to detail and quality.
Duties: The successful candidate is expected to carry out the following duties as part of their role:
- Conduct a specified programme of research under the direction of the Principal Investigator
- Work with stakeholders to define research questions
- Determine appropriate evidence synthesis methodologies
- Conduct studies with international research teams, working with team members to plan project activities and set key milestones
- Plan, co-ordinate and implement evidence syntheses (this may include managing a small research team/coordinating other researcher activity).
- Keep up to date with research methods, and in particular with developments in evidence synthesis methodology
- Collaborate with colleagues on areas of shared research interest
- Interface with academic, clinical, policymakers and public/patient stakeholders
- Define research objectives and proposals in line with research strategy of Evidence Synthesis Ireland. This will be under general guidance of a member of the Principal Investigator/ Project Leader.
- At Research Fellow level, the successful candidate is expected to: define research objectives and carry out original and significant research that supports research activity at Evidence Synthesis Ireland; develop a growing reputation in the field of evidence synthesis and must develop methods that add to knowledge in the field.
- To complete administrative work to support the programme of research.
- To contribute to costing research grant proposals and lead the financial management of a research project.
- To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope of the post.
- Manage own research budget, and keep records as directed and in line with Funder/University policy
- Know the legal requirements regarding data protection and confidentiality data protection requirements.
- At research fellow level, the successful candidate is expected to: manage research projects; support Evidence Synthesis Ireland in the design and development of the research programme; complete administrative and management work associated with research; identify potential funding sources and to prepare and write bids for funding proposals; contribute and support the development of research grant funding applications; act as project leader where appropriate; co-ordinate the work of research team; organise and conduct meetings with research team to clarify objectives, develop work plans for team and communicate progress; develop and implement quality assurance measures; and participate in the selection of staff.
- Present on research progress and outcomes e.g., to stakeholders; conferences; steering groups; other team members, as agreed with the PI.
- Engage in the dissemination of results with the support of Principal Investigator.
- Write up results of research activity.
- Publish on a regular basis.
- Assess research findings for the need/scope for further investigations
- Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity.
- Contribute to the research project’s dissemination in report and papers format.
- Communicate research with their peers.
- Attend and network at relevant conferences hosted by relevant professional institutions and universities
- At research fellow level, the successful candidate is expected to publish on a regular basis in a high-quality peer reviewed journal(s).
Research Supervision and Teaching & Training
- Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities.
- Mentor and assist ESI Fellows.
- May participate in limited teaching hours for own development.
- To interact with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD and may have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research with an academic supervisor.
- At research fellow level, the successful candidate is expected to: play a leadership role for junior colleagues; peer review manuscripts for publication and/or research bids; and provide expert advice on research issues to other colleagues.
- Engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of Evidence Synthesis Ireland and Cochrane Ireland, School and Institute.
- May contribute to the Research Unit through, for example, participating in promotion activity such as student Open Days, or contribute to public events such as science week etc.
- Participate in networks to form relationships for future research collaboration.
- Incorporate public and patient involvement and engagement in reviews
- At research fellow level, the successful candidate is expected to: engage in professional development opportunities; make a sustained contribution to Evidence Synthesis Ireland’s research reputation and income; and contribute to the development of research strategy within the College/School/Research Unit.
Qualifications/ Skills Required:
The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in a health sciences subject, have a strong background in evidence synthesis, ideally, including completed Cochrane systematic reviews. Candidates should be highly motivated and passionate about evidence synthesis and have excellent organisational, co-ordination and interpersonal skills. The position requires substantial engagement with national and international researchers, policymakers, ESI Fellows and the public, thus excellent communication skills are essential. The ideal candidate will have evidence of innovative thinking and an ability to work independently and flexibly in cross-disciplinary teams.
- PhD in a health science subject
- High-quality, peer-reviewed evidence syntheses publications including published systematic reviews of health care interventions
- Experience overseeing all aspects of the systematic review process from question formulation through to publication
- Experience of, and comfortable with co-ordination, communication and liaison with large multidisciplinary teams, preparing a comprehensive proposal, understanding and communicating needs of the commissioner to delivering final reports and dissemination
- Ability to manage administrative tasks associated with research projects including monitoring budgets, resources and timelines, delivering outputs such as funder updates and reports, and organising project meetings and documentation
- Ability to communicate new and complex information effectively to a diverse audience, both verbally and in writing
- Willing to travel in Ireland and to EU and potentially to non-EU stakeholders;
- Have knowledge and understanding of policy, practices and procedures associated with health research including research integrity, FAIR Data Management, Research Ethics, Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination, Intellectual Property, Equality Diversity and Inclusion, and Public and Patient Involvement in Research.
- Expertise in meta analyses as evidenced by published meta analyses as lead or senior author
Additional Essential Criteria for appointment at Research Fellow Level
- At least 3 years postdoctoral experience in evidence synthesis
- Evidence of ability to generate grant income as evidenced by being principal or co-principal investigator on nationally competitive health research funder grants (co-applicant on multiple grants may be considered)
- Evidence of experience managing and mentoring junior members of a team and supporting them in delivering high-quality work on time.
- Flexibility in meeting project requirements and in working across multiple simultaneous projects;
- Lead author of a substantial Cochrane review
- Experience in teaching evidence synthesis methods
- Established reputation in undertaking complex evidence synthesis
- Excellent IT skills; experience with using Revman, Microsoft Office, reference management software and literature databases.
- Track record in coordinating large, multicenter projects.
Employment permit restrictions apply to this category of post
€46,442 to €50,529 per annum Point 1- 4 (Postdoctoral Researcher scale)
€56,369 per annum Point 1 - fixed (Research Fellow scale)
Start date: 4th Jan 2022
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.
Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway
For further information on Evidence Synthesis Ireland, please visit https://www.evidencesynthesisireland.ie
For information on moving to Ireland please see www.euraxess.ie
Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Nikita Burke, Programme Manager of Evidence Synthesis Ireland and Cochrane Ireland at email@example.com
Gárda vetting is not a requirement for this post
To Apply: Applications to include a covering letter, a CV (of a maximum of 5 pages) to include the names and the contact details of three referees, one of whom must be current employer) should be sent, via e-mail (in PDF format only) to: Ms. Sheena Connolly firstname.lastname@example.org
Please put reference number Ref. No:NUIG RES 231-21 in subject line of e-mail application.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm on 25th November 2021
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.