NUIG 195-18, Research Assistant/Research Associate, Health Research Board-Trials Methodology Research Network

NUIG 195-18, Research Assistant/Research Associate, Health Research Board-Trials Methodology Research Network

NUI Galway

Galway, Ireland

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a part-time fixed term position as a Research Assistant or Research Associate with the Health Research Board-Trials Methodology Research Network. This position is part-time (0.5 WTE i.e., equivalent 2.5-days per week) for 1 year and is available from 1st Dec 2018 to contract end date 30th November 2019.


This position is funded by the Health Research Board (HRB). The successful candidate will be based in the new Centre for Health Evaluation, Methodology Research and Evidence Synthesis (CHEM-RES) in NUI Galway.



This is a novel project in the area of randomised trials. Randomised trials are instrumental in providing reliable and robust evidence on the benefits, harms and costs of health care, so that people can make informed choices. However, the general public’s understanding of randomised trials can be limited and ensuring public support for and participation in trials remains challenging.


The proposed 'People's Trial' aims to enhance public understanding of randomised trials by facilitating the involvement of the public in the trial research process. The project involves the establishment of an online platform through which the general public will be invited to be involved in all steps of the trial process from question prioritisation through intervention and outcome selection, randomisation, data collection etc. to dissemination.


Using this novel approach to involve the public in designing, conducting and reporting a randomised trial will not only enhance the public understanding of randomised trials but will also provide an opportunity for sharing learning around what works best to involve the public in all steps of a trial process. This in turn will help influence other trials to be better designed and implemented in the future. This is vital in an era of growing concerns about the conduct of poor research, the relevance of research to end-users and the cost of research waste.


Job Description:

Working with both the Project Steering Committee, the successful candidate will assist with ensuring the objectives and deliverables of the project are met, as follows:



  • Investigate and prioritise the potential of open and fee based online solutions to be used for the online platform;

  • Develop evaluation outcomes and processes to evaluate project and implement same;

  • Support the identification and operationalisation of evidence based strategies for engaging with the public on each step of the trial process from question prioritisation to dissemination and other knowledge exchange activities.

  • Build and maintain the website as it progresses through the trial processes using off the shelf IT solutions where possible;


Qualifications/Skills required:


Essential Requirements:

  • Bachelors level degree or equivalent in computer science or equivalent;

  • Evidence of substantial knowledge of and experience with internet based social networking, social media marketing, content management, landing pages etc;

  • Evidence of developing of brand awareness and online reputation;

  • Experience in SEO (search engine optimisation), techniques to generate inbound traffic, analysing key metrics, and adapting research strategy as needed;

  • Ability to develop and expand community and/or online influencer outreach efforts;

  • Awareness of data protection and privacy, i.e. General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR);

  • Evidence of strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including skill to produce information that is appropriately presented and effectively received by public audiences;

  • Evidence of experience in network and relationship building and maintaining effective working relationships with all levels of internal and external stakeholders at national and international levels;

  • Evidence of website maintenance experience

  • Evidence of high level of responsiveness in leading the handling concerns, resolving problems or issues;

  • Evidence of ability to travel domestically or internationally, as well as staff events outside normal working hours;

  • Flexible, self-motivated; ability to work independently and collaboratively.


    Desirable Requirements:

  • Higher degree;
  • Experience in randomised trials;
  • Website development experience;
  • Track record in project management.


Employment permit restrictions apply for this category of post


Salary:            Research Assistant     €23,310 - €34,612 per annum (pro rata for part-time posts)

                        Research Associate    €39,530 - €46,853 per annum (pro rata for part-time posts)

Start date:      December 2018


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 may be made to Professor Declan Devane, Professor of Midwifery & Director of the HRB-Trial Methodology Research Network at


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

To Apply: Applications to include a covering letter, 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: Ms. Sheena Connolly

 Please put reference number Ref. no:NUIG 195-18in subject line of e-mail application.


Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm on Friday, November 23rd 2018


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NUIG 195-18, Research Assistant/Research Associate, Health Research Board-Trials Methodology Research Network