National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)

NUIG 027-20 , Qualitative Postdoctoral Researcher, Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, Medicine and Psychology National University of Ireland Galway

National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)

Galway, Ireland


Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Researcher on the D1 Now Study that spans the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, Medicine and Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. This position is funded by Health Research Board (HRB) and is available from March 2020 for 4 months (with additional 7 months extension pending funder approval).


Prof Sean Dinneen, School of Medicine, is Lead Applicant of the D1 Now Study (

He is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and committed Postdoctoral Researcher who will assist in leading a programme of research in designing and refining a health behaviour intervention that will be initially tested in a feasibility study before proceeding to a cluster randomised pilot study. The Postdoctoral Researcher will report directly to Prof Dympna Casey, School of Nursing and Midwifery and will also work closely to the D1 Now Study Programme Manager, Prof Sean Dinneen and Dr Molly Byrne, Health Research Board Research Leader and Director of the Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology (


D1 Now Study

From January 2014 until January 2017, the study team, that spans NUI Galway and the Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Galway University Hospital campuses, have been working on a HRB-funded study to develop a new intervention to improve outcomes for young adults with type 1 diabetes. The team used both the Medical Research Council (MRC) guidelines for developing and evaluating complex interventions (2010) and the Behaviour Change Wheel (BCW) for characterising and designing behaviour change interventions (Michie and colleagues, 2011). The team have established an evidence base from a systematic review, a Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) panel (Young Adult Panel) and a qualitative engagement study with key stakeholders to develop a new intervention called D1 Now. D1 Now emphasises better engagement between young adults and their diabetes team. It includes a key worker, a Young Adult Service Portal and an agenda setting tool.


The D1 Now Study team have received funding from the HRB through their Definitive Intervention and Feasibility Award to test the feasibility and acceptability of the D1 Now intervention in a multi-centre, cluster randomised pilot in advance of a definitive cluster randomised controlled trial. The team will continue to adhere to the MRC and BCW guidelines in all 4 work packages:

  1. Developing, modelling and refining the D1 Now intervention

  2. Feasibility of the D1 Now intervention

  3. Cluster randomised pilot of the D1 Now intervention

  4. Formation of Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in research: our Young Adult Panels


    The study team will use the findings from the feasibility and pilot phases to publish a protocol for a future definitive trial.





Job Description:

The successful candidate will contribute to the qualitative aspects of the D1 Now feasibility and pilot study and assist in assessing the feasibility and acceptability of the D1 Now intervention. S/he should have experience of using qualitative research methods and design, in particular descriptive qualitative approaches; conducting qualitative interviews and rigorous data analysis and write up of findings.  S/he should have a track record of report writing to publication standard and or publishing in peer reviewed journals and at presenting at scientific conferences.


Duties/ Key Responsibilities:

The qualitative researcher will

  • Work under the direct supervision of the senior qualitative researcher Professor Dympna Casey and work closely with the PI, Project Manager and other members of the project team.

  • Lead the qualitative research activities of the study, including developing qualitative data collection tools, planning and coordinating qualitative data collection.

  • Conduct the qualitative interviews with the members of the Young Adult Panel to explore their experiences of the intervention, study recruitment procedures and retention

  • Conduct interviews with healthcare professionals

  • Perform rigorous qualitative analysis of the collected data.

  • Utilise the qualitative analysis software package NVivo to support the data analysis process.

  • Search, review, and summarize relevant literature for qualitative publications and reports

  • Take a lead in the writing up of qualitative paper(s) for publication in peer-reviewed journals

  • Take a lead in dissemination activities, including preparing and delivering presentations of qualitative findings to academic, health professional, and public audiences

  • Ensure timely completion of qualitative research activities, and give feedback on research progress to the principal investigator, project manager, senior qualitative researcher, and management and steering committees

  • Input to HRB project monitoring reports (end of year and end of award reports), with assistance from the principal investigator and the project manager

  • Assist with other reasonable, qualitative research-related tasks as requested by the principal investigator, project manager and the senior qualitative researcher, or as agreed with other members of the research team.


Qualifications/Skills required:

Essential Requirements:

  • PhD (or at least 4 years full-time research experience) in a relevant, health-related discipline
  • Evidence of conducting rigorous qualitative research, including producing literature reviews, conducting interviews, performing data analysis, and writing-up findings to publication standard

  • Experience of using NVivo or an equivalent qualitative data analysis software
  • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent critical thinking and analysis skills
  • A track record of delivering programmes of work on time

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including experience of effective team work and collaboration
  • Evidence of publications in peer reviewed journals and or report writing to publication standard
  • Evidence of ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Highly motivated, with excellent organisation skills with a strong attention to detail and quality





Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience of working with young adults
  • Experience of interviewing young adults with chronic conditions
  • Experience of working in a health service research setting


Employment permit restrictions apply for this category of post


Salary: €37,874- €38,418 pro rata per annum.


Start date: As soon as possible, latest 1st April 2020.


Continuing Professional Development/Training:

Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.  


Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway


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Informal enquiries concerning this position may be made by contacting the project manager Dr Eimear Morrissey email: telephone +353 (0)91 495954


To Apply:

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 Dr. Eimear Morrissey at

Please put reference number NUIG 027-20 in subject line of e-mail application.


Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00pm, Friday February 21st, 2020.


Interviews will be held on Monday March 16th, 2020


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


National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

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NUIG 027-20 , Qualitative Postdoctoral Researcher, Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, Medicine and Psychology National University of Ireland Galway