Cameron Scholars Programme: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
November 20, 2023
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Post Date : 01-Nov-2023 Close Date : 20-Nov-2023

Job Title: Cameron Scholars Programme: Postdoctoral Fellow

Department: School of Population Health, RCSI/Cameron Scholars' Programme

Reporting to: Dr Sarah Barry, Director of Academic Programmes, School of Population Health

Location: Beaux Lane House, Dublin

Contract/Duration: Specified purpose – up to 4-years

Remuneration: salary in line with IUA Research Salary scale up to a maximum of Level 2b, point 1, subject to experience

Closing Date: 20th November 2023, 5pm

Interviews: commencing the week of 4th December 2023

RCSI is a community of academic, research, clinical and professional staff working collaboratively to lead the world to better health. Here, you will thrive in an innovative and inclusive atmosphere and your personal development and wellbeing will be supported. We invite you to join us to help deliver on our exciting mission “To educate, nurture and discover for the benefit of human health”. We seek candidates whose experience to date has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to the “Race Equality Action Plan 2021-2024” at RCSI. Our students come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds. This makes our university stronger and ensures we hire the best talent.

For each of the last six years, RCSI has been positioned in the Top 300 of universities worldwide in the Times Higher World university Rankings. We are proud to announce that RCSI has ranked first in the world for “Good Health and Well-being” in the Times Higher Education #SDG Impact Rankings 2023. This reflects our commitment to supporting people of all ages to live healthy lives and our work to promote the concepts of well-being and positive health. Our values of R espect, C ollaboration, S cholarship and I nnovation continue to unite and direct our purpose.

Innovating for a Healthier Future 2023-2027 is RCSI's new five-year strategic plan. Through it, RCSI will enhance human health by meeting the health workforce needs of society, creating the insights and inventions that drive health improvements, and working in partnership with patients and the public in support of better health and well-being for all. The strategy unites the RCSI community in supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals – with a particular focus on Goal 3, which targets good health and well-being.

About Our Research

RCSI recognises that excellence in education and research is critical to the quality of its activities, its credibility, and, overall, to its mission to enhance human health. In 2022, RCSI established the School of Population Health (SPH) with a mission to conduct multidisciplinary research that guides, shapes and monitors the crucial decisions in population health; to deliver comprehensive educational programmes that meet the workforce needs of today and the innovation needs of the future; and to participate in synergistic networks and collaborations that strengthen infrastructure, capacity and financing for education and research. The Cameron Scholars Programme is a strategic and prestigious initiative that supports the development and growth of the School of Population Health at RCSI. The Programme funds academic, technical and administrative posts to build and consolidate a comprehensive programme of education and research growth, with significant impact, nationally and internationally.

Summary of Post

RCSI is offering four Cameron Scholars Programme Postdoctoral Fellowships in population health lasting up to four years duration. These highly desirable postdoctoral roles offer successful applicants a structured career-building opportunity where they will deliver on significant research, education, and collaboration milestones in the dynamic environment of a growing School.

Cameron Postdoctoral Fellows will work directly with School of Population Health lecturers on designated research projects in, but not limited to; population health research related to women's health and marginalised groups, digital health and lifestyle intervention, influencing policy and practice in healthcare, epidemiological and economic modelling of chronic and neurological diseases. The candidates will be a key part of the Cameron team, charged with generating research funding and translating outputs for academic publications. The successful candidates will have access to the RCSI Health Professionals Education Centre (HPEC) Diploma, providing them with a post-graduate teaching qualification to build their scholarly CVs and prepare them for teaching on postgraduate programmes.

Along with career development in research, translation and collaboration, a core objective of the Cameron Postdoctoral Fellowship posts is to support population health education through curriculum development and delivery for RCSI's innovative programme in population health leadership. Successful applicants will actively contribute to the growth and profile of the School of Population Health through membership of at least one of its focus committees, and will work across School departments and activities as appropriate to a Postdoctoral Cameron Scholars Programme role.

Specifically, the duties of the post are:

  • Contribute to the development and delivery of innovative research projects, collaborations and the new education programme in population health leadership and science through high quality, collaborative research and education in areas pertinent to population health
  • Secure research funding as a co-applicant working closely with Cameron Scholars Programme Lecturers and Senior Lecturers
  • Publish in high quality (quartile 1-2) journals
  • Support curriculum design and content development of new teaching programmes, teaching modalities and modes of assessment
  • Deliver engaging lectures and other teaching modalities, including online delivery, in areas appropriate to the needs of the School of Population Health Faculty and Cameron Programme Team
  • Co-ordinate module delivery, support student progression and act as lead liaison between students and staff
  • Set and coordinate in-module and end of module assessment as required
  • Liaise and collaborate with and provide support to colleagues in the RCSI Schools and across the RCSI international campus' as required
  • Undergo programmes of training and development as may be required
  • Contribute to quality assurance/quality improvement and accreditation of existing modules
  • Perform such other related duties as may be required
  • Qualifications and Experience (Essential):

  • A PhD or equivalent in an area relevant to population health or evidence- based health
  • Experience of university teaching at postgraduate or undergraduate level
  • Some experience or knowledge of curriculum development, teaching facilitation, assessment and evaluation
  • Ability to engage postgraduate students through a range of teaching modes including through online delivery formats
  • Ability to adapt and innovate teaching methods to ensure students' full understanding
  • Demonstrate an interest in seeking ways and opportunities to support students towards holistic education and development
  • Excellent research methods skills
  • Evidence of active and developing research profile
  • Peer reviewed publications in high quality journals commensurate with experience
  • Strong commitment to own personal and professional development
  • Effective communication style appropriate to audience and situation
  • Excellent time-management skills to effectively progress across all three domains of responsibilities (teaching, research and collaboration)
  • Able to build and maintain strong working relationships – actively collaborating with colleagues
  • Deadline-oriented while delivering high quality teaching and research
  • Qualifications (Desirable):

  • Qualification in teaching and learning in higher education
  • Qualification in digital education or technology
  • The successful candidate's core values and behaviours should demonstrate:

  • Research competence
  • Student-orientated
  • Collaborative
  • Dedicated to scholarship and excellence
  • Collegiality and professionalism
  • Innovation and flexibility
  • Strong planning and organising
  • Evidence of leadership competence
  • We are all too aware that imposter syndrome and the confidence gap can sometimes stop fantastic candidates putting themselves forward, so please do submit an application — we'd love to hear from you.

    Application Process

    Please apply online through the RCSI careers portal on the closing date with your CV and cover letter.

    Informal Enquiries can be directed to Cameron Scholars Manager Dr. Hilary Murray: [email protected] Please note we do not accept CVs directly.

    Interview and presentation:

    Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a formal online competence-based interview and presentation. Interviews will be arranged for the week commencing December 4th 2023

    Employee Benefits

    RCSI make sure you have the resources you need to thrive by offering a wide range of benefits in areas including time away, finance, community, health, and well-being and insuring your financial future. Below are some additional benefits available to you as an RCSI employee:

  • Minimum of 20 days annual leave for full time employees, plus an additional 6.5 Privilege days (for full time appointments, pro-rated for part time roles)
  • Flexible/hybrid working options for colleagues across many roles
  • Additional leave options incl. paid maternity leave, paternity/parental leave, study leave
  • 7% Employer pension contribution
  • Onsite gym €10 per/mth incl. classes and PT sessions
  • Childcare support 20% discount at Giraffe
  • Free eye test and annual flu vaccination
  • TaxSaver commuter tickets and Bike to Work schemes
  • A site sustainability team focusing on the environmental initiatives; Green Campus Initiative '
  • Competitively priced café and restaurant
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion forums, and network groups
  • Employee assistance programme with Spectrum Life
  • Learning and Development training programmes incl. LinkedIn Learning for career progression
  • Discounted services incl. GP visits, 10% off dental, staff parking, mobile tariffs, Group Scheme discount on numerous brands
  • Sports and social club incl. yoga, Pilates, fitness classes, Zumba, running club, social evenings, Summer BBQ
  • Ticket Draws for events including; Rugby, Taste of Dublin, Dublin Horse Show, theatre, music & comedy events
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