Research Fellow/Programme Manager

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
February 19, 2024
Offerd Salary:€61,318
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Post Date : 09-Feb-2024 Close Date : 03-Mar-2024

Job Title: Research Fellow/Programme Manager

Department: School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

Reporting to: Dr Michelle Flood

Location: RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dublin 2

Contract/Duration: Up to 5 years (depending on start date)

Remuneration: €61,318 (IUA Scale Research Fellow Pt 1, with both annual salary increases and point increments)

Closing Date: February 19th 2024

Starting Date: As soon as possible

Summary of Post

The SYNERG-IE Programme is an ambitious five-year programme supported by a €2.5m Applied Programme Grant (APRO) award from the Health Research Board in Ireland. Projects funded under this programme are designed to have an impact on the health and social care of individuals, population health, and the health system in Ireland and beyond.

SYNERG-IE is a multidisciplinary research programme designed in partnership with Sjögren's Ireland that aims to address longstanding challenges in the recognition, diagnosis, and management of Sjögren's (pronounced ‘show- grins'). Sjögren's is a chronic autoimmune disease affecting approximately 1 in 200 people that is associated with significant morbidity affecting quality of life. Although relatively common, its complexity means that early signs and symptoms are often missed, leading to delays in diagnosis of ten years or longer for many people.

This programme will adopt a collaborative and inclusive approach, combining the skills of multidisciplinary researchers, the insights of patients, and the needs of healthcare professionals and policymakers to bring about transformative change in Sjögren's care and research. Through involving people living with Sjögren's and healthcare professionals, the research will reflect the real-world experiences of Sjögren's and the findings will have maximum impact, leading to tangible improvements in care.

The SYNERG-IE Programme aims to make a difference to the lives of people affected by Sjögren's in many ways. By optimising prescribing practices and medicines use, people will experience more personalised and effective treatments. Co-design approaches will be used to develop improved care pathways to enhance care experiences. National guidance and policies will provide a clear framework for care, reducing the current delays in diagnosis and treatment. Furthermore, the increased knowledge stemming from undergraduate and postgraduate education initiatives will improve awareness.

This role may suit an experienced research programme manager or a research fellow who wishes to move into a programme manager role while retaining some research-focused activity. The successful candidate would be supported to pursue career development opportunities based on their own goals, e.g. teaching, grant applications, training opportunities where appropriate with prior agreement.

Specifically, the core duties of the post are:

  • Day to day management and delivery of the programme as guided by the programme lead/executive.
  • Carrying out administration and management work associated with the programme including budget management and grant reporting
  • Convening meetings of the programme executive, leadership team, and steering committees.
  • Undertaking other duties and responsibilities as may be determined by the PI from time to time.
  • Complying with statutory legislation and School rules and requirements in furtherance of your own and general staff welfare and safety.
  • Undergoing programmes of training and development as may be required from time to time.
  • Representing the best interests of the Programme/School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences/University at all times.
  • The additional duties listed below are indicative, and would be tailored to match the successful applicants' expertise/background.

  • Leading national curriculum analysis and baseline assessment of Sjögren's knowledge.
  • Leading development of interactive educational resources for patients, healthcare professionals, and students.
  • Disseminating findings to relevant research stakeholders (including academic papers, conference presentations, traditional/social media etc.).
  • Engaging in the broader research and scholarly activities of the research group and participation in internal/external networks where appropriate.
  • Supervising/providing day-to-day advice, support, mentoring, and assistance to postdoctoral researchers, research students, undergraduate students, and other junior members associated with the programme/group.
  • Working with the PPI advisory group and patient representative researcher to convene PPI Advisory Group and ensure all PPI-related objectives are achieved.
  • Other tasks which would align with the successful applicant's development and career goals.
  • Qualifications – (Essential):

  • PhD in a relevant subject (e.g. population health, health services research, social sciences, education, human-centred design, service design, PPI, etc.) and/or significant (3+ years) previous experience as a programme manager.
  • Knowledge & Experience – ( Essential):

  • Previous postdoctoral experience/relevant management experience or equivalent
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills with the ability to prioritise activities and meet deadlines
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to tailor to different audiences
  • Ability to work in a highly interdisciplinary team
  • Strong problem solving skills and ability to adapt to emerging opportunities/needs/challenges arising
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