NUIG 193-18, Research Associate 
(Maternity leave cover)
Health Research Board-Trial Methodology Network (HRB-TMRN)
School of Nursing and Midwifery, NUI Galway

NUIG 193-18, Research Associate (Maternity leave cover) Health Research Board-Trial Methodology Network (HRB-TMRN) School of Nursing and Midwifery, NUI Galway

NUI Galway

Galway, Ireland

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the position of Research Associate/Network Project Manager for a 4-month maternity leave cover for the Health Research Board-Trials Methodology Network (HRB-TMRN). The position is available on a full-time basis (with flexibility to suit applicants) and is available from 1st Jan 2019 until 30th April 2019.


The successful candidate will be based in the new Centre for Health Evaluation, Methodology Research and Evidence Synthesis (CHEM-RES) in NUI Galway.


The HRB-TMRN is a partnership between the five Irish universities. The overall mission of the HRB-TMRN is to strengthen trial methodology and reporting on the island of Ireland, through a programme of work, which will also impact elsewhere in the UK and internationally. This is achieved through a focus on three high-level activities relating to the methodology of trials (i) support (ii) training and education and (iii) research and innovation.


The HRB-TMRN was established in 2014, and since then has grown to become the main support network for all trialists, communicating to over 4000 people with an interest in trials every month. The network is dynamic, energetic and adaptive to the needs of the trial community.


Job Description:

The position as Research Associate/network project manager, is to ensure the continued functionality of the network remains active during the maternity leave period. The successful candidate will be responsible for co-ordinating, organising, managing and delivering activities for the Network.

He/she will also be responsible for overseeing ongoing trial methodology research projects nationally and reporting and disseminating project findings. He/she will be based in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at NUI Galway but will provide support across the network nationally.


Principal duties


  • Maintains national and international relationships critical to the Network, including identifying and reaching out to new Network members;

  • Implements short term strategic plans, programs, events and activities;

  • Collects, analyses, summarizes and/or reviews data, reporting findings, interpreting results and/or making recommendations;

  • Cultivate and strengthen established partners for the Network, through targeted outreach and strategic communication as developed by the network;

  • Identify suitable trial methodology funding calls and inform the trial community

  • Maintain the networks funding call plan, from call advert promotion, screening applications, peer-review to award and final reporting

  • Maintain the HRB-TMRN management system for handling support requests, though to follow up.

  • Oversee the measurement, data collection, analysis and reporting of KPIs to the Executive Committee and funder.     

  • Oversee all aspects of complex Network communications, ensures periodic, consistent and timely communications and planning for members, Director and Steering committee; takes responsibility for the maintenance and updating of the Network website (weekly) and social media (daily);

  • Maintains communication with the Network Executive Committee and the network funder (HRB); attend scheduled Executive Committee meetings and report back on HRB-TMRN Network progress;

  • Facilitate and assist in the organisation of the series of courses and Network sponsored events in locations throughout the country;

  • Maintain structures and processes (including identification of methodological expertise), Coordinate and manage the Trial Methodology and Reporting Advisory Service (TMRAS)

  • Maintain the database of trial and trial methodology expertise;

  • Manage the established mechanisms and processes for the allocation of funds to support inter-institutional cross-Network working (including workshops, research projects, travel grants and training grants);

  • Oversee the Network’s finances and budget across all institutions including initiate annual, interim and final financial reports in a timely manner, as required by HRB;

  • Maintain critical relationships with funders and other stakeholders (e.g. the Department of Health and Children, The Health Services Executive, industry, regulators, MRC-HTMR and others) on issues and initiatives relevant to the Network’s activities;

  • Undertake travel within and between Ireland and UK and elsewhere internationally as required.





  • PhD in a health science

  • Clear evidence of research network management (as distinct from research project management);

  • Experience in clinical trial research;

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

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

  • Demonstrated project management skills, including skills to plan, organize and implement strategies from proposal to deliverable;

  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes and to respond appropriately to rapidly changing deadlines;

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

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

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

  • Experience in supervising junior team members as needed.

  • Proven excellence in IT literacy in particular with word processing and spread sheets;




    • Track record in coordinating multicenter projects;

    • Peer review publications


Salary: €43,828.00 per annum


Start date: 1st Jan 2019


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


Informal enquiries may be made to Prof Declan Devane, Scientific Director of the HRB-Trial Methodology Research Network at declan.devane!


NB: Gárda vetting is a requirement for this post


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. Carol Burke


Please put reference number Ref. no:NUIG 193-18 in subject line of e-mail application.



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


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NUIG 193-18, Research Associate (Maternity leave cover) Health Research Board-Trial Methodology Network (HRB-TMRN) School of Nursing and Midwifery, NUI Galway