National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)

NUIG 194-19 -Research Associate/Project Manager HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland General Practice, School of Medicine

National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)

Galway, Ireland

Applications are requested from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term position as Research Associate/Project Manager. Flexibility in time commitments will be considered. The position is funded the Health Research Board (HRB) and is available from November 2019 until December 2020, with possibility of extension.

Information on the HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland (CTNI)

The HRB Primary Care CTNI ( is a collaborative partnership that brings together key people in Ireland to run clinical trials in primary care. Working closely with the public, with patients and with GPs and other healthcare professionals, the Network aims to improve individual patient health and health care by conducting high quality, internationally recognised, randomised trials in Irish primary care, addressing important and common problems.

We provide patients who attend primary care practices the opportunity to take part in clinical trials and research studies. We publish the results of our studies and we work to communicate the results of our research to patients and to healthcare decision makers.

Established in 2015 and funded for 5 years by the Health Research Board, the HRB Primary Care CTNI is a collaboration between researchers based at National University of Ireland Galway, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and Queen’s University Belfast. The Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) is the other key partner in the Network, with many GPs and other primary care health professionals engaged in research with the Network. A number of Irish and international partners are also part of the Network.

Network activities include i) providing access and support to those interested in conducting trials in Irish primary care, including industry sponsors ii) supporting multidisciplinary education, mainly through existing resources, for all those interested in primary care trials iii) supporting public and patient involvement in research.

To date, we have over a 130 registered practices who are involved in 19 trials supported by the network with >3300 patients recruited here in Ireland. We have hosted 4 national Public and Patient Involvement in Research (PPI) conferences, 4 webinar series and have published in both peer-reviewed journals and other publications.

NUI Galway now wishes to recruit a highly motivated and talented Research Associate/Project Manager for the Network. This is a key position, working with PI Professor Andrew W Murphy and the Network’s Executive Management Committee, with responsibility for the operational management of the various Network research programmes and activities.

The ideal post-holder will have a strong background in clinical research and will have capability in managing and successful delivery of research programmes. Working closely with the academics in the Network, the successful candidate will ensure best practice in Network governance, will work to promote the Network among primary care healthcare professionals and within the research community and will support initiatives to acquire additional research funding. He/she will also liaise with co-principal investigators and collaborators in other institutions, industry partner representatives, and funding agency personnel



  • Monitor overall progress of the research programmes towards targeted milestones and deliverables
  • Ensure research programme requirements in terms of documentation of the project activities, milestones, etc. are implemented and adhered to

  • Preparation and delivery of periodic scientific reports for Management Boards, International Advisory Boards and funding agencies, as required
  • Oversee all aspects of complex partner communications, ensures periodic, consistent and timely communications and planning for members, Director and Executive committee and Advisory Board

  • Assist in the dissemination and communication of research outputs/activities, including identification of the appropriate pathway for dissemination and using the Network web site and social media as required
  • Lead and develop further the Public and Patient Involvement activities of the Network
  • Financial management of Network activities

  • Liaise with funding agencies and ensure guidelines/recommendations are put into effect
  • Manage relationships with Co-PIs, academic collaborators and industry partner representatives

  • Manage and develop new relationships with Network GPs and practices, pharmacists and other primary healthcare professionals
  • Liaise with administrative representatives of partner institutions
  • Support and develop applications for academic/industrial/entrepreneurial funding, which will enhance and develop Network research and education in NUI Galway and nationally

  • Represent the research activities of the Network as required at local, national and international events (including talks, panel discussions, meetings with funding agencies, industry representatives etc.)
  • Assist with national and international initiatives in primary care trials, including participation on working groups for new research programmes, research resources, infrastructure, etc.

  • Conduct their own research, which will identify potential areas for future Network activities.


Qualifications/ Skills Required:



Essential requirements:

  • Education to the level of Masters or PhD in a relevant health research-related field, or appropriate experience

  • Demonstrable evidence of project management skills

  • Evidence of excellent writing skills as demonstrated by theses, reports, or publications

  • Excellent presentation, communication and interpersonal skills

  • Experience of participation in successful inter-disciplinary research programmes

  • Experience in budget management and financial reporting

  • Team player with strong organisational skills

  • Experience in supervision of team members

  • Good initiative and flexibility 

  • High level of IT skills: proficiency in the full Microsoft Office package and use of the Internet


    Desirable Requirements:

    • Experience in primary care

    • Experience in a relevant area of clinical research

    • Track record in coordinating multicenter projects

    • Peer reviewed publications

    • Website maintenance experience


Salary: €37,874 – €49,050 per annum


Start date: earliest possible start date in October/November 


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 further information on the HRB-Trial Methodology Research Network, please visit


For information on moving to Ireland please see


Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Professor Andrew Murphy – contact via


To Apply: Applications to include a covering letter and a CV (of a maximum of 5 pages) to include the names and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in PDF format only) to:


Please put reference number Ref. no:NUIG 194-19 in subject line of e-mail application.


Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm on 18th October 2019


Interview date: Tuesday 22nd October 2019


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 194-19 -Research Associate/Project Manager HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland General Practice, School of Medicine