NUIG 033-19, Post-Doctoral Researcher, School of Psychology and Centre for Pain Research, NUI Galway

NUIG 033-19, Post-Doctoral Researcher, School of Psychology and Centre for Pain Research, NUI Galway

NUI Galway

Galway, Ireland

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term position as a Post-Doctoral researcher with the Centre for Pain Research, School of Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. This position is funded by theHealth Research Board and the National Children’s Hospital Fund in an award to Professor Brian McGuire. The post is available from 1st March 2019 until 31st July 2020.


The Centre for Pain Research (CPR), founded in 2007, is an interdisciplinary pain research collaboration between the National University of Ireland, Galway, the HSE and related health service agencies. Our aim is to improve our scientific understanding of pain from the basic sciences through to the population level.  


Job Description:

The project is titled: “Lending an ear: ‘iPeer2Peer’ plus ‘Teens Taking Charge’ online self-management to empower children with arthritis”. Lending an Ear involves working closely with a  Young Person Advisory Panel and their parents, supporting the trained peer mentors and liaising with Canadian colleagues who developed the interventions.  While the desirable requirements characterise an ideal candidate, it should be noted that the Centre for Pain Research possesses the infrastructure necessary to support the researcher through further training in one or more of the required skills if necessary.



  • ·         Have general oversight for the study including supervision and mentoring of research team
  • ·         Oversee the roll out of a 3-arm pilot randomised controlled trial
  • ·         Support the Young Person Advisory Panel to remain involved throughout
  • ·         Co-ordinate meetings with all stakeholders
  • ·         Promote the project to key healthcare professionals working in juvenile arthritis
  • ·         Ensure study is completed in accordance with time frame and budget and the findings disseminated among all stakeholders.


Qualifications/Skills required:

Essential requirements:

  • PhD in Psychology or applied health science
  • Experience of working on clinical trials
  • Experience in working within a PPI framework
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and networking skills

  • Experience of working with young adults in clinical and/or research context
  • Attention to detail and strong organisational skills
  • Evidence of the ability to work independently and collaboratively within a small, dynamic team
  • General IT knowledge, and/or experience of creating online measures


Desirable requirements:

  • Previous experience in research in chronic conditions
  • Experience of presenting at academic meetings and/or publishing in peer reviewed journals
  • Experience of applying for research funding


Employment permit restrictions apply for this category of post


Salary: €40,662- €44,267 (Postdoctoral/Research Associate Salary Scale)


Start date: 1st March 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


Further information about the project and the CPR is available at

Informal enquiries concerning the post maybe made to Professor Brian McGuire.


NB: Gárda vetting is a requirement for this post



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 033-19 in subject line of e-mail application.


Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm (Irish Time) Sunday, 17th February 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 033-19, Post-Doctoral Researcher, School of Psychology and Centre for Pain Research, NUI Galway