Job offer in Ireland Postdoctoral Researcher in Health Psychology at National University of Ireland, Galway

National University of Ireland, Galway – Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Health Behaviour Change Research Group at the School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway. This position is funded by the Health Research Board, and is available from September 2017 for 2 years.

Dr Molly Byrne, Health Research Board Research Leader and Director of the Health Behaviour Change Research Group, is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and committed Postdoctoral Researcher who will assist in leading a programme of research in designing and implementing behaviour change interventions to promote health. Find out more about the HBCRG at the website:

Job Description

The postdoctoral researcher will take a leading role in all aspects of the research programme, working alongside Dr Byrne. The successful candidate will lead on work to identify research priorities relevant to behavioural health interventions. They should ideally have some experience in conducting systematic literature reviews of interventions, developing and evaluating behavioural interventions and randomised controlled trial research. S/He will contribute to writing applications to secure future funding for the HBCRG. The researcher will be facilitated by Dr Byrne to establish and maintain local, national and international collaborations to ensure successful delivery of the key performance indicators of the funding award.

Alongside the key responsibilities for this role, Dr Byrne will assist and support the Postdoctoral Researcher in developing their own personal research and academic career plan, and in achieving their career development goals. S/He will be mentored by Dr Byrne and it is expected that the researcher will be a future research leader in this field.

Key Responsibilities

  1. To work with Dr Byrne to identify research priorities for behavioural research.
  2. To conduct systematic reviews of behaviour change approaches to identified priority behavioural research areas.
  3. To develop research protocols, set up and manage effective study procedures, liaise effectively with research collaborators and report on study progress.
  4. To prepare manuscripts for publication in high quality, peer-reviewed journals and for presentation at scientific conferences.
  5. To assist with any other research-related tasks that may be agreed with the grant-holders.
  6. To contribute to the training and development role of the HBCRG, and input to related teaching provided as part of the MSc in Health Psychology at NUI Galway.
  7. To work closely with Dr Byrne to strategically develop the HBCRG, and identify and target future research funding opportunities.

Start date: Not later than 10th September 2017

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00pm, Thursday 20th April 2017
Proposed date for interviews: Monday 8th May 2017

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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