Postdoctoral Researcher

Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change

NUI Galway

Ref. No. NUIG 136-19


Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Researcher located at the Whitaker Institute, NUI Galway. The successful applicant will work on an IRC COALESC Funded Project entitled Strengthening Public Administration Institutions through Digital Technologies: Investigating Effective Adoption of Digital Technologies in Tax Administrations. This position is available from 6th August 2019 to contract end date.


Dr. Emer Mulligan and Dr. Adegboyega Ojo, together with The Whitaker Institute are now seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Researcher to a fixed-term one-year contract to work on the above IRC funded project. This project addresses how data analytics and other digital  technologies can significantly support the transformations required in public institutions to tackle societal challenges like those associated with the Sustainable Development Goals. It will focus in particular on the experiences of deploying these technologies in tax administrations, investigating the challenges, strategies, mechanisms and accrued benefits of their use of these technologies. This project aims to study how the contextual, organisational, technological and human factors interact in the adoption of data analytics and digital technologies in tax administrations. It seeks to deliver a deep understanding of what the successful adoption and use of digital technologies including data analytics  in tax administrations entails.


This research involves carrying out in-depth interdisciplinary case studies of selected tax administrations that have adopted and used data analytics and other digital technologies. These cases will be explored from multiple perspectives, using different tools including quantitative and qualitative methods. Working in collaboration with the leader of project and other members of the project team, the Post-Doctoral Researcher will be expected to take a leading role in carrying out various aspects of the selected case studies.


In this role you will:

  • Carry out substantive, original and significant research, which meets the objectives of the project.
  • Prepare reports, participate in workshops and research group meetings, and carry out a range of other project management activities required to satisfy the IRC grant agreement requirements.
  • Contribute to writing up research findings for publication in different forms, including peer-reviewed, international journals.
  • Play an active role in external networks or in professional organisations to build collaborative relationships for future activities.
  • Where appropriate, assist in supporting research students.
  • Work to raise the national and international profile of the research/project, in particular through publications, presentations and participation in relevant conferences and seminars.
  • Be expected to carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.


Qualifications and Experience:

  • A PhD in a relevant social science discipline. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate appropriate experience and knowledge of working in research areas that relate to digitalisation, taxation and information systems.
  • An ability to work effectively and in a mutually supportive manner within an interdisciplinary team of researchers.
  • Evidence of publications and a desire to publish and communicate research widely.
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and presentation skills.
  • High levels of initiative, commitment to deadlines and team interaction.
  • Significant knowledge and appropriate experience of using qualitative and/or mixed-method approaches to social research. Experience of conducting interviews with senior level stakeholders in public administrations, would be an advantage.
  • Excellent and demonstrable knowledge of relevant computer software (including, for example, MS Office, and qualitative data analysis software [e.g. NVivo]). In addition, familiarity with quantitative data analysis techniques and software [e.g. SPSS] would be an advantage.
  • Awareness of legal and ethical requirements regarding data protection and confidentiality.


Salary: €37,223 – €37,750 (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply)


Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway


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Start date: 2nd September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.


For informal discussion about this post please contact Dr. Emer Mulligan at


To Apply: Candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, CV (Word or PDF format only) and the names and addresses of three referees via e-mail to

Applicants must include the Ref. No. NUIG 136-19 in the subject line of the email application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm, Friday 26th July 2019

National University of Ireland Galway is an equal opportunities employer







Postdoctoral Researcher/Research Fellow

Multi-disciplinary Project on Time and Technology

2 year role (with possibility of extension)

Lero | The Irish Software Research Centre, NUI Galway, Galway Ireland

Ref. No. NUIG-124-19



This project will focus on the complex relationship between time management and technology. Contemporary research is focusing on the acceleration of our technology-tethered lives and on the increased stress and anxiety that results. Research shows productivity apps and tools promise to manage our time more effectively but have little or no impact. Healthcare staff face well-documented time pressures to reduce waiting lists; high-tech and manufacturing industries have seen the rise of “high-speed” flow and agile methods; and entrepreneurs are facing pressures of the “fail fast” lean start-up movement.


Job Description:

To address the issues above, we welcome applications from candidates across multiple disciplines, including economics, management, information systems, computer science, analytics, and philosophy, where the proposed research in some way examines the relationship and complexities of time and technology. We would welcome candidates to propose ideas or explain how their research fits the time and technology remit.


Example areas:

  • Information systems: the researcher could examine new and emerging methods for high speed development (e.g. flow and continuous development) or the role of invasive technologies such as social media and games on our time use and associated distraction, stress and anxiety.
  • Economics: the researcher could conduct time-use studies, or use a variety of econometric methods to examine the impact of technologies on time or the temporal process of technological development. Examples include the timing of interventions, dynamic effects of interventions, forecasting of economic outcomes.
  • Management and HR: the researcher could examine the impact of technology on the future of work, in terms of the pace and continuing acceleration of work and work expectations, automation
  • Machine learning and analytics: the researcher could examine new ways of measuring and using temporal analytics, or using machine learning and analytics to optimize our use of time or examine the positive and negative impacts of how we use our time.


The successful candidate will work with the team of postdoctoral researchers and PhD candidates under the supervision of Prof. Kieran Conboy at NUI Galway. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to publish in the top-ranked journals, and must have a strong publication record as well as excellent writing skills. Furthermore, he/she is expected to actively participate in new research funding opportunities, such as the development of research proposals. The postdoctoral researcher must be a motivated self-starter, as well as being focused and exacting in their work ethic.



Postdoctoral Researcher

Essential Requirements:

  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. in information systems, economics, management, finance, computer science or equivalent
  • Relevant experience in an area of relevance to the time and technology project.
  • Excellent communications skills, both verbally as well as in writing.
  • A track record of publications.
  • Strong coordination, organisational and management skills.
  • Evidence of strong quantitative and/or qualitative skills.
    Desirable Requirements:
  • Good dissemination skills targeting non-academic audiences (industry-focused).

Additional Requirements for Research Fellow role

  • Clear area of identified academic contribution and excellence
  • Track record of funding applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead research projects
  • Good record of services to, and participation in, the academic community.

Role of the NUI Galway Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative research within their chosen area of time and technology.
  • Engage with various stakeholders and project partners (this may include regular onsite visits, workshops, project reports, and coauthor research papers).
  • Publish research in top ranked journals and conferences
  • To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • Attend and network at relevant conferences and meetings hosted by relevant professional institutions and other universities as appropriate.
  • The successful applicant will have funding to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.



Research Fellow Salary: €53,776 to €68,230 per annum

Postdoctoral Salary:  €37,223 – €48,208 per annum

(Public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply)


Start date: Position is available from September 2019


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 Lero can be found at


Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Prof. Kieran Conboy at Lero, National University of Ireland Galway –


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 Courtney Yanta:

Please put reference number NUIG 124-19  in subject line of e-mail application.


Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm – 25 July 2019



National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.


All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment



5 x Fully-Funded PhD Positions

Applications are invited for five full-time structured PhD positions in Management at the JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway. The successful candidates will be affiliated with the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal ChangeThe positions are for four years and due to begin in October 2019.  Each position falls within a distinct area of research at the School.

5 x Fully-Funded PhD separate positions are available, one in each of the following topics:

  1. Whistleblowing, Transparency and Corruption in organizations. Ref No: NUIGMGT 001.This project falls within the area of Business and Society, and focuses on topics to do with organizational wrongdoing including but not limited to: whistleblowing, corruption and transparency. Related topics include organizational behaviour, business ethics, leadership, organizational culture, power and identity.Supervisor: Professor Kate Kenny.Email –
  2. Talent Management and Leadership in the Public Sector.  Ref No: NUIGMGT 002.

    This project falls within the area of Public Sector Management and focuses on topics including but not limited to: talent attraction, management and development; leadership development; and public sector career attractiveness.  Related topics include human resource management, organizational behaviour/psychology, and leadership in a public sector context.

    Supervisor: Professor Alma McCarthy

    Email –

  3. Internationalization, Scaling and Subsidiary Management Ref No: NUIGMGT 003.

    This position falls within the area of global strategy, and focuses on topics related to the internationalisation of digital firms and scaling. Relevant subject areas include international business, international entrepreneurship, digitisation/digital enterprise, and management of the multinational/subsidiaries.

    Supervisor: Professor Esther Tippmann 

    Email –

  4.  The Impact of technology on time and time management. Ref No: NUIGMGT 004

    This project focuses on the role technology plays in the increasingly accelerated, high speed nature of contemporary work. This project involves multiple disciplines, including economics, management, information systems, computer science, analytics, and philosophy. Related topics include but are not limited to the Future of Work, artificial intelligence and machine learning, organisational behaviour and work structures, emerging time and project management methods, technostress and technology-driven anxiety.

    Supervisor: Professor Kieran Conboy

    Email –

  5. Management of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. Ref No: NUIGMGT 005

    This project will explore how diverse stakeholders in regional entrepreneurial ecosystems can manage their ecosystems for mutual benefit and the common good. The project will require a mix of quantitative skills in the measurement component and the ability to interact with a wide range of stakeholders in the field studies component of the study. It will draw on the theory and practice of management of socio-ecological systems more generally and on other partnership models between the public, private and third sectors.

    Supervisor: Professor Jonathan Levie 

    Email –


Candidates should be highly self-motivated with an ability to work independently and be willing to undertake the coursework required under the structured PhD in Management. Strong methodological skills and excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, are essential requirements. Applicants should have a very good primary degree (First or Second Class Honours) and ideally hold a Masters in an appropriate discipline. English language requirements are detailed here:


The project is funded through NUI Galway. The PhD stipend is €16,000 per annum and the funding will also cover fees, tenable for 4 years.

Further Information:

Informal enquiries concerning the posts may be made to the relevant supervisor listed above.

Enquiries about the Structured Phd at NUI Galway to be made to Olivia Noone:

About the JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics:

About the Whitaker Institute:

To Apply:

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of two referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Ms. Heather NiCaera ( Please put relevant reference number in subject.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm Friday 9th August 2019