Research Assistant

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
July 28, 2024
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Post Date : 05-Jul-2024 Close Date : 28-Jul-2024

Job Title: Research Assistant

Department: School of Population Health

Reporting to: Prof Ed Gregg

Location: Beaux Lane House

Contract/Duration: 12 months

Remuneration: Research Assistant (point 1.1 on the RCSI Researcher Salary Scale)

Closing Date: 28th July @ 5pm

RCSI is a community of academic, research 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.

About Our Research

RCSI recognises that excellence in research is critical to the quality of its educational activities, its credibility, and, overall, to its mission to enhance human health. RCSI's research strategy aims to build upon its strength in translational biomedical and clinical research to deliver transformational, high impact changes in health care. Targeting both Irish national and EU funding, along with increased collaboration with industry, is a major part of the RCSI research strategy. Forging increased collaboration between RCSI PIs and industry is of critical importance to achieving success in this area. RCSI is also committed to provide its researchers with the supports and developmental opportunities to enable them to continuously grow and support their overall career development.

The RCSI School of Population Health

Established in 2022, the School builds upon the success of the Division of Population Health Sciences since 2006. The School comprises the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, the Department of Health Psychology, the Data Science Centre, the Healthcare Outcomes Research Centre, the Institute of Global Surgery and SPHeRE, the national, inter-institutional, structured doctoral programme. It includes some 70 academic, research and professional staff, as well as 25 PhD scholars. Population health scientists and researchers at RCSI have an impressive, track record undertaking impactful multidisciplinary research and collaborating with an extensive network of international and national partners.

The aims of the School of Population Health are to undertake 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 innovative needs of the future; and to participate in synergistic networks and collaborations that strengthen infrastructure, capacity and financing for education and research.

The research programme of the School aims to deliver real societal and economic benefits for population health. Researchers work towards delivering world-class research in population health, including research integrated with education, health policy and practice. The quality and impact of this work can be seen from the fact that 21% of our output is published in the top 10% most cited publications worldwide; more than 56% of our publications involve international collaborators.

Reflecting the breadth of population health science, we adopt a balanced, multi-disciplinary approach, connecting and contributing to developments in population health, nationally and internationally. The key enabler in delivering our ambitious programme of growth is the School's multidisciplinary team of academics, researchers, scholars and support staff. Reflecting the people-first approach of RCSI, the School of Population Health provides a diverse, supportive, healthy work environment for its team.

Summary of Post

The School of Population Health wishes to hire a Research Assistant to help with various ongoing research projects in the School including Converge: Centre for Chronic Disease & Population Health Research

Specifically, the duties of the post are:

§ Assist with the completion of scoping reviews & data extraction, synthesis, and presentation

§ Assisting in the coordination of an ongoing programme of research on chronic disease prevention.

§ Co-ordination of own day-to-day work to support ongoing projects

§ Facilitating communication and dissemination of information required, including conference presentations, 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 projects

Qualifications – (Essential):

§ An MSc or equivalent in health services research or a related discipline

Knowledge & Experience – ( Essential):

§ Excellent qualitative and quantitative analysis skills.

§ 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):

§ Experience of conducting data extraction & scoping reviews

§ Project management experience.

§ Track record in scientific publication and dissemination.

§ Experience of working in a multidisciplinary & international research teams.

§ Experience in stakeholder engagement as well as synthesis, interpretation and dissemination of outcomes

§ Robust knowledge of quantitative & qualitative research methods

§ Content expertise in chronic disease care and prevention

Skills & Competencies:

§ Communication Skills: Proven ability to communicate complex ideas

§ Project Management Skills: Ability to ensure that project plans are communicated and that all timelines are met

§ Self-starter with the ability to work as part of a team: Ability to operate effectively as part of a team – is cordial, tolerant and willing to help others, is co-operative and patient; shares work and information; establishes rapport, can influence and develop effective networks

§ I.T. skills: Knowledge of MS Office suite.

§ Conscientious: Have a pro-active approach to work, anticipating and resolving problems in advance; have keen attention to detail - from anticipating and addressing issues in advance to understanding requests and delivering quality work with minimal errors.

§ Flexibility: Can operate flexibly within a busy environment; can shift focus when required.

§ Motivated: Display a ‘can-do' attitude, be committed to the School and its development; demonstrate enthusiasm and passion for the role

§ Experience of using social media to disseminate and promote research findings

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 Elaine Healy, Research Manager, School of Population Health [email protected] . Please note we do not accept CVs directly.

Click here to read our Recruitment and Selection Policy for Researcher.

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, plus an additional 6.5 Privilege days

• 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

About The Royal College of Surgeons

RCSI is a unique institution. Founded in 1784 as the national provider of surgical training in Ireland, we have evolved in the years since to become one of the world's leading health sciences universities, with a global reach and operations in Ireland, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Our students learn in a truly immersive environment where teaching, research, public policy, and outreach activities focus singularly on building multi-disciplinary excellence in healthcare.

For each of the last six years, RCSI has been positioned in the Top 250 of universities worldwide and ranked in the world's Top 50 by Times Higher Education for our contribution to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal Number 3 'Good Health and Well-being'. 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.

Note: This job description may be subject to change to reflect the evolving requirements of the Department and RCSI. Similar vacancies that arise in the next 6 months may be filled from the pool of applicants that apply for this position. RCSI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or race. RCSI is committed to embedding equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) across everything we do. This ensures we can all work and learn in an environment defined by dignity and respect. Eligibility to work in Ireland is a requirement of this role, Proof of eligibility documentation will be required at a later date. Under limited and specific circumstances (research/ specialist roles) RCSI may be in a position to seek a hosting agreement and/or work permits. Employees are required to undertake 6 months service in their current role before applying for other internal opportunities, unless agreed in advance by the SMT representative

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