Postdoctoral fellow - Population Health

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
December 07, 2022
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Post Date : 23-Nov-2022 Close Date : 07-Dec-2022

Title : Postdoctoral fellow

Department : Data Science Centre, School of Population Health

Tenure : Specified purpose contract for up to 36 months

Location : St Stephen's Green, Dublin

Reporting to : Professor Kathleen Bennett

Salary : Postdoctoral level 2a

Proposed Start Date : Jan 2023

The School of Population Health and School of Physiotherapy in collaboration with Beaumont Hospital are working together on a HRB Health Research Charities Ireland (HRCI) Breakthrough Cancer funding award involving a multidisciplinary team with academic, clinicians and patients and the public to deliver a programme of research to assess rehabilitation needs in those living with and beyond brain tumours in Ireland. The postdoctoral researcher will work collaboratively with academic, clinical care and PPI partners on this important project.

The successful candidate will lead research on the project ‘Surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, but now what? Exploring the rehabilitation needs of people with brain tumours in Ireland'.

The project involves a range of research methods, including qualitative and quantitative approaches. Brain tumours can shorten lifespan and cause neurological disability that profoundly impacts functional ability and quality of life. Rehabilitation can improve functional prognosis (motor and cognitive) and quality of life in people with brain tumours. However, research and experience consistently show that people with brain tumours do not get the opportunity to access rehabilitation.

The aim of this study is to understand the rehabilitation needs of people with brain tumours in Ireland.

This project has four interlinked Work packages:

  • A scoping review to examine international evidence on current rehabilitative interventions and the desired outcomes of early and ongoing rehabilitation;
  • A cross-sectional survey to assess perspectives of healthcare professionals, brain tumour survivors and their families on current rehabilitation provision and needs;
  • An epidemiological study, profiling characteristics of brain tumour survivors to understand the severity and complexity of symptom burden, using existing databases;
  • A prospective study to measure the evolution of rehabilitation needs of people with brain tumours over a one-year period after diagnosis, involving primary data collection on physical and cognitive disability, symptom burden, health-related quality of life and carer support needs. An embedded qualitative study will capture the experiences of 30 brain tumour survivors and their carers. The study will adopt Action Research, to enable the team to respond to presenting problems and emergent knowledge as they are identified through standardised prospective re-assessment over the year following brain tumour diagnosis.
  • The results will improve care by measuring the unmet need and providing a basis to prioritise the supports required and encourage healthcare providers and policy makers to adequately resource neuro-rehabilitation for people with brain tumours.


  • A PhD in a discipline including epidemiology, psychology, health services research, social science or a related discipline preferably with previous post-doctoral research experience.
  • Application Process

    Please apply online no later than 5pm on the closing date with your CV and Covering Letter. Informal Enquiries can be directed to Kathleen Bennett

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