Research Assistant

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
July 31, 2024
Offerd Salary:€30,026-€39,908
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Post Date : 03-Jul-2024 Close Date : 31-Jul-2024

Job Title: Research Assistant

Reporting To: Dr Jennifer Ryan, Centre Director or nominee

Location: 123 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2; hybrid may be facilitated

School (or department): Cerebral Palsy Lifespan Health and Well-being (CP-Life) Research Centre

Salary: €30,026-€39,908 (SFI Research Assistant Salary Scale)

Contract type/duration: Specified purpose contract for up to 2 years

Application closing date: July 31st

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.

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.

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 Respect, Collaboration, Scholarship and Innovation continue to unite and direct our purpose.

About Cerebral Palsy Lifespan Health and Well-being (CP-Life) Research Centre

Cerebral palsy (CP) is caused by damage to the immature brain and primarily affects motor skills. CP is the most frequent cause of permanent motor function difficulties in children. People with CP often experience associated impairments such as vision, hearing, cognition, and communication impairments. CP is a non-progressive condition; the brain damage itself cannot be cured and does not change over time. However people with CP may experience changes in their motor skills and complications, such as pain and bone and joint disorders, throughout life.

CP-Life Research Centre is located in the School of Physiotherapy in RCSI. The mission of the CP-Life Research Centre is to generate and translate evidence into improvements in services and supports for people with CP through high quality research and innovation.

Summary of Post

This post is funded as part of ELEVATE, a 5-year research programme focused on early brain injury and CP, funded by SFI and the Cerebral Palsy Foundation through SFI's Strategic Partnership Programme.

Population-based CP registers have existed on the island of Ireland and internationally for several decades. These registers aim to collect population data on CP to inform and improve understanding of the condition, to raise standards of care for people with CP, disseminate knowledge for people with CP, health professionals and key stakeholders, and facilitate research. Notably, two major networks that pool data from population-based registers, the Surveillance of CP in Europe (SCPE) and the Australian CP Register (ACPR) networks, have advanced understanding of trends in birth prevalence and profile of CP internationally. However, there are currently no active CP Registers in the Republic of Ireland.

We are seeking to recruit a Research Assistant to support the development and implementation of an Irish National Cerebral Palsy Register. The Research Assistant will support the Register Manager, report to Dr Jennifer Ryan, Director CP-Life Research Centre, and work closely with the National Office of Clinical Audit (NOCA). NOCA establishes and maintains national clinical audits across several clinical areas including intensive care, major trauma, hip fractures, arthroplasty, and mortality. NOCA is funded by the Health Service Executive Quality Improvement Division and operationally supported by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. The purpose of NOCA national clinical audits is to improve the quality of care provided to patients and to improve their outcomes.

Specifically, the duties of the post are:

  • Work closely with the wider development team, including the Register Manager, Principal Investigator, Clinical Lead, Technical Lead, NOCA, and steering committee

  • Support with public involvement initiatives

  • Support with developing all necessary protocols and documentation

  • Support with developing training and education materials

  • Co-ordinate data sharing agreements and database management

  • Obtain ethical approval as required

  • Create data dictionaries/meta-data

  • Support with site engagement with local clinical teams

  • Support with process mapping and testing at sites

  • Support with training site personnel

  • Monitor and escalate data quality issues relating to the register

  • Organise steering committee meetings

  • Assist in planning, writing, design and analsyis of data for reports including a national report, summary report, quarterly reports

  • Qualifications:

  • Degree or MSc in relevant discipline including data management, computer science, data science,

  • Project Management training would be desirable.

  • Knowledge & Experience – (Essential):

  • Proven experience of managing data

  • Proven experience of developing documentation related to data management and data access

  • Understanding of GDPR and data protection

  • Excellent administrative skills

  • Strong IT skills

  • Flexibility: can operate flexibly within a busy environment, shift focus when required, prioritise conflicting demands

  • Ability to work as part of a team

  • Conscientious and motivated individual

  • Knowledge & Experience (Desirable):

  • Database management experience

  • Experience of research or clinical audit methodologies (i.e., data collection, validating, reporting)

  • Track record of building positive working relationships with relevant stakeholders

  • Strong problem solving skills

  • Knowledge of cerebral palsy

  • Understanding and experience of research ethics process

  • Driving licence and access to car

  • 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.

    Informal Enquiries can be directed to Dr Jennifer Ryan ([email protected])

    Staff benefits at RCSI:

    We care for our people so that they can focus on our mission to educate, nurture and discover for the benefit of human health. RCSI makes sure that our staff have the resources they need to thrive.

    We offer a wide range of benefits in many diverse areas including:

  • Subsidised onsite gym membership

  • Flexible working arrangements

  • Automatic enrolment to a pension scheme for all employees

  • Life assurance/death in service

  • Long term illness/disability income replacement

  • Free advice on health/motor and home insurance

  • Discounted services, including GP

  • Support for parents and carers

  • Tax-saver commuter tickets

  • Bike-to-Work scheme

  • Free eye test at the National Optometry centre

  • Subsidised parking for all RCSI staff in the St. Stephens Green/RCSI car park

  • RCSI's Learning and Development team facilitate and provide training opportunities for all staff

  • Sports and social club

  • Opportunities to volunteer in the community

  • 26.5 days leave - 20 days annual leave plus 6.5 days Privilege days - In addition to your annual leave entitlements and public holidays, RCSI also grants privilege days to our employees (paid time off during Easter and Christmas periods). We also offer a number of leave options to support the working lives of our employees:

  • Paid maternity leave

  • Paid Paternity leave

  • Parental leave

  • Sports and Social Club

  • Yoga, Pilates, fitness classes, Zumba, tag rugby

  • Social evenings

  • Summer BBQ, drinks nights

  • One-off events

  • Taste of Dublin, Dublin Horse Show, various sports, theatre, music, comedy events, Leinster Rugby ticket draws

  • Family events

  • Family day at Dublin Zoo, kid's Christmas party, pantomime

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