NUIG 035-19, Research Associate/Nurse, HRB-Clinical Research Facility, NUI Galway

NUIG 035-19, Research Associate/Nurse, HRB-Clinical Research Facility, NUI Galway

NUI Galway

Galway, Ireland

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a part-time (0.5FTE) or full time (1 FTE) fixed term position as a Research Associate/Nurse with the HRB Clinical Research Facility (CRFG) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. The position is available immediately and the contract is for 1 year initially, with potential to extend subject to project success and funding acquisition.


The HRB Clinical Research Facility Galway’s remit is to contribute to clinical research currently underway in Ireland, supporting investigators and research teams in undertaking funded research projects and programmes. Medical doctors and nurses work with other scientists to improve our understanding of a variety of diseases and to develop new tests and treatments to help tackle these diseases. The centre provides patients with the latest advances in areas such as cancer, obstetrics and gynaecology, diabetes, inflammatory diseases, critical illness, cystic fibrosis, neurovascular and cardiovascular disease.


Job Description:

The appointed Research Associate may come from a biomedical, scientific or clinically-related project management background or may be a registered nurse and will work as part of a multidisciplinary clinical research team. Within the remit of this post, the successful individual will have responsibility for management of a variety of clinical research studies and a caseload of patients on research projects across a variety of therapeutic areas as listed above. This encompasses dietary interventions, clinical trials of IMPs and medical devices in addition to observational studies. The individual will be expected to lead under the direction of CRFG clinical managers on areas such as contribution to individual research projects, engage in academic research, audit and education, contribute to papers that arise from the studies undertaken, and attend relevant national and international meetings. The Research Associate/Nurse will support the ongoing development of the CRFG.


The post holder will:-

  • ·         Adhere to protocol, SOP and regulations in place for clinical research studies.
  • ·         Participate in the preparation and implementation of delegated CRFG protocols
  • ·         Plan and conduct clinical research activities to ensure the smooth operation CRFG studies.
  • ·         Effectively plan clinical research and estimate the time and resources required to complete it, and deliver on schedule as set out in the milestones for the research project
  • ·         Inform patients of details pertaining to clinical study prior to their recruitment
  • ·         Screen participants for CRFG studies
  • ·         Keep up to date with research related methods and techniques, in particular, developments in the clinical research area.
  • ·         Have knowledge and understanding of the policy, practices and procedures relevant to the role, including those of the broader sector, external sponsor or funder (e.g. Research Ethics, Health and Safety).
  • ·         Ensure patient confidentiality and dignity is maintained at all times during CRFG activities.
  • ·         Upkeep and input of research documentation including but not limited to site files, case report forms, monitoring actions and data entry.
  • ·         Contribute effectively to the building of a team environment and act as mentor and trainer of applicable team members.
  • ·         Facilitate the ongoing education of multi-disciplinary teams with respect to ICH-GCP, specific protocol and research requirements.
  • ·         Promote a safe clinical environment for patients, visitors and staff to CRFG.
  • ·         Undertake further education and professional development as appropriate to develop their own career reputation and career development as outlined, discussed and agreed with PI without adversely impacting the primary research role.
  • Build up collaborative links and networks with other schools, disciplines, organisation’s and keep up to date with research in their own area and what is happening in the international research community by attending investigator meetings and conferences as applicable
  • Collaborate with colleagues on areas of shared clinical research interest and communicate their research with their peers

The post holder will display the following competencies:

  • Planning and Organising

  • Patient/Customer Focus

  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • Leadership

  • Evidence of good IT computer skills


Essential criteria:

  • Degree level qualification in a clinical or life sciences related subject, or equivalent experience.
  • An understanding of research and the research process
  • Have at least 3 years’ experience in clinical research activities or associated positions.
  • Proven track record of research project management or coordination



Desirable criteria:


  • Current or eligible for registration with An Bord Altranais.
  • Have a minimum of 3 years Clinical experience as a qualified Nurse.
  • Proven track record of the research process and regulation requirements for clinical research
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development
  • Have an excellent working knowledge of ICH-GCP.
    • Evidence of undertaking or participation in research projects

  • Proven track record in Information Technology and data base management including electronic Case Report Form (eCRF) usage


Salary: €39,530-€41,828 per annum pro rata (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply)                   


Start date: Position is available immediately


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


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 HRB CRFG is available at


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 the HRB-CRFG: 


Please put reference number NUIG 035-19 in subject line of e-mail application.



Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm Wednesday, 20th February 2019


A panel of successful reserve candidates may be formed for future similar posts.



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 035-19, Research Associate/Nurse, HRB-Clinical Research Facility, NUI Galway