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Research Associate-Programme Manager, School of Psychology, University of Galway 270-23

University of Galway (NUI Galway)
Galway (County), Connacht (IE)
Closing date
15 Nov 2023

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Applied Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

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We invite applications for an exciting new post, a full-time fixed term post as Research Associate - Programme Manager of the Health Research Board (HRB) funded D1 Now Definitive Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial in the Discipline of Medicine at the University of Galway, Ireland. 


The D1 Now Programme of Research 

Young adults living with type 1 diabetes are at risk of lower engagement with self-management and poorer clinical and psychosocial outcomes in comparison to younger and older people with diabetes. Since 2014 our multi-disciplinary team (including our Patient and Public Involvement panel of young adults living with diabetes called the Young Adult Panel or YAP) has been working to develop, refine, feasibility test and pilot an intervention called D1 Now, which aims to improve outcomes for this high-risk population. We demonstrated in our pilot trial that a definitive randomised controlled trial (RCT) is feasible. The current D1 Now intervention is delivered alongside usual care and consists of two components: a Support Worker and an Agenda Setting Tool. We have now secured funding to deliver a definitive cluster randomised controlled trial in 12 diabetes centres across the island of Ireland, to determine whether the D1 Now intervention, when compared to usual care, is effective and cost-effective in improving patient outcomes among young adults living with type 1 diabetes. Our work has featured in national media, documentaries such as The Patient Effect and has been recognised with a University of Galway President’s Award for Societal Impact.  


We are seeking an exceptional and experienced individual to join the D1 Now Research Team as Programme Manager. The successful candidate will join an existing excellent and supportive research team and have access to University of Galway’s training infrastructure, such as that delivered by the new innovative Institute for Clinical Trials.   


Job Description: 

The successful candidate will oversee, manage and lead (under the supervision of the Principal Investigator) on all work packages of the D1 Now Definitive Randomised Controlled Trial. She/ he will specifically focus on the day-to-day management of the study and delivery of the study in line with study objectives and timelines. She/ he will lead out on some of the work packages and will oversee trial delivery, quality assurance, data management, financial management, meeting schedules, preparation of manuscripts and reports to the funding agency and study management. She/ he should have strong experience in testing, modeling, refining and evaluating health behaviour change interventions and randomised controlled trials. Ideally, she/ he should be familiar with trials methodology. She/ he should have a strong track record of publishing in peer reviewed journals and presenting at scientific conferences. Experience working with young adults and in the clinical area of diabetes would be desirable. 


Duties/Key Responsibilities: 

  • To work closely with the Programme Leadership team on all aspects of the D1 Now Study including recruitment of study centres and participants 

  • Assist with the supervision of D1 Now Study Postdoctoral Researchers 

  • To work collaboratively with other study Co-applicants and Collaborators 

  • To continue to develop and work closely with the study’s Young Adult Panel  

  • To prepare scientific and financial reports 

  • To organise and host study meetings and conferences as required 

  • To be familiar with and deliver on national regulatory and ethics requirements 

  • Draft and lead on study Protocol development, along with the associated supporting documentation such as Patient Information Sheet, Advertising materials, etc. 

  • Develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) where required. 

  • To lead (under the supervision of the Principal Investigator) on the qualitative and quantitative data collection, collation, cleansing and analysis where appropriate  

  • Implement and oversee quality assurance measures to optimise project delivery in a safe and compliant manner and to maintain data integrity. 

  • To lead (under the supervision of the Principal Investigator) on the SWAT (Study Within A Trial) – assessing methods the Young Adult Panel propose to enhance questionnaire response rate in the randomised trial  

  • Build collaborative relationships (through the Diabetes Collaborative Clinical Trial Network) with other Diabetes Centres in Ireland and Northern Ireland 

  • To maintain (and develop where appropriate) the D1 Now website and social media accounts  

  • To lead (under the supervision of the Principal Investigator) on applications to relevant local and national Research Ethics Committees 

  • To work with the Qualitative, Statistical and Health Economics Postdoctoral Researchers on evaluation of the D1 Now intervention  

  • To lead and assist (under the supervision of the Principal Investigator) in the preparation of all manuscripts associated with the D1 Now Study for publication in high quality, peer-reviewed journals and for presentation at scientific conferences 

  • To lead (under the supervision of the Principal Investigator) on the preparation of D1 Now intervention reports where required, e.g., annual reports for ethics committees and funding agency 

  • To drive, develop, lead and coordinate the preparation and submission of grant proposals to funding agencies 

  • Liaise with the Research Office, Research Accounts Office, Human Resources and Communications Office in the University of Galway 

  • Identify opportunities for academic collaboration in the area of type 1 diabetes (in particular structured education and young adults) 

  • Personnel and performance management - staff supervision and research team management 

  • Support and deputise as required for Prof Sean Dinneen and Prof Molly Byrne at local, national and international meetings 

  • To support the PI with recruitment for the project including writing job descriptions, interviewing and acting as recruitment coordinator.  

  • Any other duties assigned commensurate to this level of post 


Qualifications/Skills required:  


Essential Requirements: 

  • Education to the level of PhD in Psychology, Social Science, Health Services Research or related discipline, or 4 years (post primary degree) full-time research/industry/academic experience.  

  • Proficiency with computer systems including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and statistical and database software, e.g., SPSS and NVivo 

  • Experience in managing highly sensitive personal data, GDPR, and the ethics of managing personal data 

  • Experience with managing budgets and in preparing financial reports   

  • Experience of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research 

  • Evidence of publication in peer reviewed journals 

  • Evidence of the ability to work independently and collaboratively. 

  • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills 

  • Highly motivated, with excellent organisation skills 


Desirable Requirements: 

  • Experience working with young adults in research or clinical setting. 

  • Experience of Public and Patient Involvement in research 

  • Certification in Good Clinical Practice 

  • Certification in Program Management, e.g., CAPM, PMP, PRINCE2  

  • Research in health behaviour change intervention evaluation 

  • Proficiency in training and leading a small research team. 

  • Research in chronic disease, in particular diabetes 

  • Experience of randomised controlled trials, in particular in the area of health behaviour change interventions and knowledge of clinical trial infrastructure and methodology 

  • Experience in applying for research funding 

  • Familiarity with key framework/ guideline documents such as the Medical Research Council for developing and evaluating complex interventions and the Behaviour Change Wheel 

  • Experience of co-ordinating multi-disciplinary, multi-site programmes and of inter-agency working 

  • Experience in testing, modeling, refining and evaluating health behaviour change interventions 

  • Experience maintaining, updating, and driving traffic to websites and social media accounts, such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat  

  • Flexibility in attending national and international meetings and conferences 

  • Experience in research ethics 

  • Awareness of Irish Health Services 


Salary: Research Associate/Postdoctoral Researcher salary scale €42,782 - €54,965 per annum, (subject to the project’s funding limitations), and pro rata for shorter and/or part-time contracts.   


The default position for all new public sector appointments is the 1st point of the salary scale. This may be reviewed, and consideration afforded to appointment at a higher point on the payscale (subject to the project’s funding limitations), where evidence of prior years’ equivalent experience is accepted in determining placement on the scale above point 1, subject to the maximum of the scale.   


(Research Salary Scales - University of Galway)  


Start date: Position is available from 1st of December 2023.  The Research Associate - Programme Manager will be employed on a full-time basis until completion of the current DIFA project (51 months from 1st September 2023) and will be based in the University of Galway. 


Continuing Professional Development/Training: 

Researchers at University of Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans. University of Galway provides continuing professional development supports for all researchers seeking to build their own career pathways either within or beyond academia.  Researchers are encouraged to engage with our Researcher Development Centre (RDC) upon commencing employment - see HERE for further information. 


Further information on research and working at University of Galway is available on Research at University of Galway 


For information on moving to Ireland please see  


Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Professor Sean Dinneen Email 


NB: Gárda vetting is a requirement for this post (as appropriate to Child Protection Policy) 


Application Instructions

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to: 


Please put reference number University of Galway 270-23 in subject line of e-mail application. 


Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm (Irish Time) 15th November 2023. 


We reserve the right to re-advertise or extend the closing date for this post. 


University of Galway is an equal opportunities employer. 


All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment.


NUI Galway is recognized as a research-led University that addresses issues of global economic and societal importance. Our research strategy focuses on developing clusters of internationally recognised expertise in selected priority areas. We have developed meaningful and strategic research alliances with economic, social and cultural partners in areas of regional and national importance. This strategy has resulted in the creation of research clusters in themes that are academically challenging, economically viable and regionally and nationally relevant. We continue to develop our research priorities within the national and international context in addition to supporting emerging and cross cutting priority area development. Our priority research areas build upon our key strengths and include:

  • Biomedical Science and Engineering
  • Informatics, Data Analytics, Physical and Computational Sciences
  • Environment, Marine and Energy
  • Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy
  • Humanities in Context including Digital Humanities

These priority areas seek to address the challenges and needs of society. Our research leads to life changing discoveries and polices that shape the future both nationally and internationally. Our vibrant and dynamic community attracts researcher leaders, academics, entrepreneurs and students of the highest calibre who thrive in our research focused environment. This is embodied though our research commitment , which seeks to:

1. Contribute to Knowledge

2. Create partnerships with Industry

3. Educate Future Leaders

4. Shape the Direction of Public Policy

5. Enable Regional and Cultural Advancement 

Biomedical Science and Engineering

Developing innovative research programmes that promote the understanding and treatment of today’s major diseases. The core objective of this priority is to serve the needs of patients through research, to provide a real and measurable return on investment, to enhance regional and national enterprise development and to contribute to society through education and scientific outreach. Researchers focus on some of the major medical challenges that face the world today including cardiovascular disease, cancer, orthopaedic disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.

Informatics, Data Analytics, Physical and Computational Sciences Science

NUI Galway’s researchers in informatics use their world-wide network of partners to take part in global standardisation efforts and to improve the way people and businesses communicate and interact. Research also addresses the problems presented by vast data sets flowing from imaging activities that need significant computing power to reduce, analyse and visualize and further research looks at modelling and simulation, which are integral to almost all physical and biological sciences.

Environment, Marine and Energy

This research area covers environmental change and modelling, atmospheric studies, biodiversity and bioinformatics, marine science and law, and sustainable energy. Research efforts towards enhanced energy efficiencies and conservation methods, renewable energy sources and new advanced environmental technologies, help address the dilemma between balanced economic growth and environmental impact.

Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy

Research programmes examine economic innovation, social change, social inclusion, balanced development and health. The Whitaker Institute applies a multiperspective research approach to business and social issues, with an impact-led focus within the following research clusters:

  • Business Performance, Agility and Governance
  • Conflict and Collective Action
  • Environment, Development and Sustainability
  • Gender, Equality and the Knowledge Society
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Innovation: People, Place and Society

Humanities in Context including Digital Humanities

Humanities at NUI Galway is a vibrant research rich area for scholarship and debate. Programmes include research into Ireland’s presence within the European and Global community and its contribution to international developments, as well as the unique contribution that NUI Galway can make to the Irish language and cultural studies.

  • Exemplary collection of archives in the James Hardiman Library dating from the 15th century to the present day including ; Archives of the Druid, Lyric Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe theatres, literary papers include the archive of John McGahern, playwrights and actors papers such as Tom Kilroy papers, and film archives include the John Huston papers.
  • Unique national training hub enables and encourages interaction between archival resources, digital cultures, the business economy, public policy and social opportunity.
  • Research informs creative practices, production values, and strategies for the creative industries.


Galway takes centre stage on Ireland’s western seaboard. A spectacularly beautiful county, it is a medley of contrasts - the wildest and remotest of countryside teamed with one of Europe’s most vibrant and popular cities. Connemara is located to the west of Galway; whilst to the south, in the mouth of Galway Bay, are the Irish speaking Aran Islands where age old traditions are found along side modern living.

Cultural Galway

Galway is known as Ireland’s Cultural Heart (Croí Cultúrtha na hÉireann), attracting thousands to the many festivals throughout the year. A few of the big attractions include The Cúirt International Festival of Literature, the Galway Arts Festival, the Galway Races and the Oyster Festival.

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Even though it is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, Galway has retained the friendly character and intimate feel that make it so popular. Galway is young at heart, with students making up 20% of the population here. Galway is the most international place in Ireland with 1 in 4 people born outside of the state.

Business In Galway

Galway is the location of choice in Europe for the medical device sector which now employs in excess of 25,000 people in over 250 companies in Ireland. Ireland is now home to 17 of the top 25 global MedTech companies and exports exceed €7.9 billion annually. Other industries include ICT, Tourism and Financial Services.

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