National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)

NUIG 063-19, Research Assistant, Building evidence in the areas of Patient Safety and Quality of Care, 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 Research Assistant within the discipline of General Practice in the School of Medicine at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  This position is available from 1st August 2019 to contract end date of 31 July 2020.


Information on the Research Project:


The primary purpose of this post is to provide support across a number of systematic reviews related to patient safety and quality of care that are being conducted in the Irish Centre for Applied Patient Safety and Simulation. For example, exploring the extant research on the measurement and improvement of patient safety in pre-hospital care settings (i.e., the ambulance service). This post offers an excellent opportunity for professional development of the research assistant, as they will be immersed within a research team with a strong track record in publishing systematic reviews. S/he will also have the opportunity to become involved in ongoing research using both qualitative and quantitative research methods.


Job Description:

The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting data collection across all of the projects and work closely with the Prof. Dara Byrne and Drs. Paul O’Connor, and Sinéad Lydon.



The research assistant will be responsible for: contributing to the development of systematic review protocols, conducting electronic database searches, managing and contributing to data extraction and synthesis, and preparation of manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals. The Research Assistant will be asked to contribute to other ongoing research activities within ICAPSS.


The Research Assistant will contribute to data collection, data entry, recruitment, and simple data analysis to support other projects that are ongoing within the Irish Centre for Applied Patient Safety and Simulation.


Qualifications/Skills Required:


Essential Requirements:

  • Honours degree in psychology (2:1 or higher), or a related discipline.
  • Hold, or nearing completion of, a Masters degree in psychology, or a related discipline.

    • Prior involvement in a systematic review and good understanding of the systematic review process.
    • Prior paid or voluntary work experience. 


Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience in research beyond degree requirements (e.g. Authorship of research paper or conference presentation, research internship).
  • Experience in quantitative research methods.

    • Evidence of excellent communication and organisational skills.


Employment permit restrictions apply for this category of post




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


For information on moving to Ireland please see


Further information about the Department of General Practice is available at Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Dr Paul O’Connor


NUI Galway School of Medicine


The School of Medicine at NUI Galway is the holder of an Athena Swan Bronze Award and committed to advancing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion among all staff and students. For more information, please see: Requests for flexible working arrangements from the successful candidate will be considered.

NB: work permit restrictions apply to this category of post.


Salary: €22,110 – €23,064 per annum          


Start date: Position is available from 1st August 2019.


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 Please put reference number NUIG 063-19 in subject line of e-mail application.




Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm on Friday 31st May 2019.


It is planned for interviews to be held on Friday 28th June 2019.


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


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



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NUIG 063-19, Research Assistant, Building evidence in the areas of Patient Safety and Quality of Care, National University of Ireland Galway