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Research Fellow / Acting Network Programme Manager, Centre For Health Evaluation, Methodology & Evidence Synthesis, School Of Nursing And Midwifery, NUI

National University of Ireland,Galway€55,811.00 per yearFull-timePart-time

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates the position of Research Fellow / Acting Network Programme Manager for an 8-month leave cover for the Health Research Board-Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN). The position is a full-time, specific purpose contract and is available from 19th July 2021 for an initial period of eight (8) months or to end of leave period of post holder. This position is within the Centre for Health Evaluation, Methodology Research & Evidence Synthesis (CHEMRES) at the National University of Ireland Galway.

The research portfolio of the Centre for Health Evaluation, Methodology Research & Evidence Synthesis (CHEMRES) encompasses the Health Research Board – Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN), Evidence Synthesis Ireland and Cochrane Ireland. The research and infrastructural activities of these entities centre on advancing the foundations on which good healthcare decisions are made both nationally and internationally. This is achieved through both developing robust methodologies for randomised trials and also ensuring good quality evidence synthesis through capacity building and training. The centre has a dynamic team of Researchers, Academics, Administrators, postgraduate Students, Programme Managers and Director (Professor Declan Devane).

The overall mission of the HRB-TMRN is to strengthen trials methodology and reporting in Ireland, through a programme of work. This is achieved through a focus on four high-level activities relating to the methodology of trials (i) support (ii) training and education (iii) research and innovation (iv) Public Involvement and Engagement.

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 and trials methodology every month. The Network is dynamic, energetic and adaptive to the needs of the trial community.

Job Description:

The position as Research Fellow / Acting Network Programme Manager, is to ensure the continued functionality of the Network during the maternity leave period. The successful candidate will be responsible for co-ordinating, organising, managing and delivering activities for the Network nationally, as well as contributing to the strategic development of the Network.

They will also be responsible for overseeing ongoing trials methodology research projects nationally and reporting and disseminating project findings. They will be based in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at NUI Galway but will also interface across the Network in partner sites in UCD, TCD, UL and UCC.

Principal duties

  • Maintain national and international relationships critical to the Network;

  • Implement short term strategic plans, programs, events and activities, in line with the funded deliverables and objectives;

  • Collect, analyse, summarize and review data, reporting findings, interpreting results and/or making recommendations;

  • Identify suitable trials 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 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to the Executive Management Committee (EMC) and funder (HRB);

  • Oversee all aspects of complex Network communications, ensures periodic, consistent and timely communications and planning for members, Scientific Director and EMC;

  • Take responsibility for the maintenance and updating of the Network website (weekly) and social media (daily);

  • Attend scheduled EMC meetings and report back on overall HRB-TMRN Network progress;

  • Lead the planning and oversee delivery of the Network’s education events;

  • 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, providing oversight on annual, interim and final financial reports in a timely manner, as required by HRB;

  • Maintain critical relationships with funders and other stakeholders (e.g. key collaborators MRC/NIHR - TMRP and others) on issues and initiatives relevant to the Network’s activities;

    Qualifications/Skills required:

Essential Requirements:

  • Education to the level of PhD in a health related area;

  • 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 and / or programme management skills, including skills to plan, organize and implement strategies from proposal to deliverable (including annual funder reports);

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

  • Experience in managing complex large, multi-partner budgets nationally;

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

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

  • Experience in supervising junior team members;

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

Desirable Requirements:

  • Previous Network management experience;

    • Experience in clinical trial research;

    • Track record in coordinating multicenter projects;

    • Peer review publications;

    • Substantial experience in report writing;

    • Website maintenance experience;

Salary: IUA Research Salary Scale - Research Fellow (Point 1), €55,811.00 per annum pro rata for shorter and/or part-time contracts

NB: Work permit restrictions apply to this category of post.

Start date: Position is available from 19th July 2021

Continuing Professional Development/Training:

Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI GalwayResearchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans. NUI Galway provides continuing professional development supports for all researchers seeking to build their own career pathways either within or beyond academia. Researchers are encouraged toengage with our Researcher Development Centre (RDC) upon commencing employment - see for further information.

For information on moving to Ireland please see

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Sandra Galvin, Programme Manager of the HRB-Trials Methodology Research Network at

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. Eithne O’ Connell (

Please put reference number Ref. no:NUIG RES 115-21 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm on 23rd June 2021.

Interviews are planned to be held Wednesday 30th June 2021.

Due to the University closure related to COVID-19, interviews will have to take place virtually and start dates may need to be delayed

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.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday the 23rd of June 2021

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