Postdoctoral Fellow - Health Psychology

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
December 06, 2023
Offerd Salary:€61,318
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Post Date : 15-Nov-2023 Close Date : 06-Dec-2023

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Department: Health Psychology

Reporting to: Professor Frank Doyle

Location: School of Population Health, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Beaux Lane House, Dublin 2

Contract/Duration: 24 months

Remuneration: Commensurate with experience, up to Research Fellow level 3.1 (€61,318)

Closing Date: 6th December 2023

About the School of Population Health

Established in 2022, the School of Population Health (SPH) builds on existing strengths at RCSI in behavioural science for population health, analytic and population health sciences. The School comprises the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, Department of Health Psychology, Data Science Centre, Healthcare Outcomes Research Centre, Institute of Global Surgery and SPHeRE (Structured Population health, Policy and Health-services Research Education – national doctoral programme). It currently includes some 75 academic, research and professional staff, as well as 28 PhD scholars. Population health scientists and researchers at RCSI have an impressive, multi-year track record undertaking impactful multi-disciplinary research and collaborating with an extensive network of international and national partners.

Summary of Post

We have a full-time post-doctoral position at RCSI, suitable for a health services researcher, psychologist, sociologist, social scientist, anthropologist or related discipline. The successful candidate will be employed on a Health Research Board Applied Partnership Award (COMPASS Project), which will explore the co-design of a financial incentive scheme to promote smoking cessation across three work packages: 1) review, planning and co-design of the financial incentive scheme, 2) implementation testing in local community health services, and 3) developing an implementation toolkit for potential national rollout.

The position is based in the Department of Health Psychology, RCSI, Dublin 2, but remote working will be considered for some of the duties.

Specifically, the duties of the post are:

  • Obtain Research Ethics Committee approval for the study
  • Develop a Data Management Plan
  • Conduct a rapid or systematic review of implementation barriers for financial incentives
  • Conduct workshops to co-design the financial incentive scheme with community members and healthcare workers
  • Test and evaluate the implementation of the co-designed financial incentive programme in a select number of sites, using qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Produce a stakeholder-informed toolkit for wider implementation
  • Co-ordination of own day-to-day work to support ongoing projects
  • Facilitating communication and dissemination of information required, including conference presentations, reports, social media, authored peer- reviewed articles, etc.
  • Liaising with the Principal Investigator, colleagues and stakeholders on matters relating to these and future projects
  • Undertaking duties assigned by the Principal Investigator or his/her nominee in support of the project
  • Qualifications – (Essential):

  • A PhD degree or equivalent in health services researcher, psychologist, sociologist or related discipline.
  • Knowledge & Experience – (Essential):

  • Qualitative or mixed methods experience
  • Evidence of the ability to work independently and efficiently, including excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational, interpersonal, report writing and IT skills.
  • Knowledge & Experience (Desirable):

  • Qualitative or mixed methods experience
  • Basic quantitative skills
  • Evidence of the ability to work independently and efficiently, including excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Project management experience
  • Evidence of public-patient involvement and stakeholder engagement
  • Track record in scientific publication and dissemination
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary research team.
  • Experience of a broad group of stakeholders
  • Experience of health services research
  • 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 before the closing date with your CV and cover letter. Please note we do not accept CVs directly.

    Informal Enquiries can be directed to Professor Frank Doyle ([email protected]). #rcsiar

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