Postdoctoral Researcher – ‘The Impact of International Star Scientists on Irish Science’,

 Whitaker Institute for Innovation & Societal Change, J.E Cairnes School of Business & Economics,

NUI Galway

Ref. No. NUIG RES 172-21


Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, specific purpose position as a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

This position is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland and is available from December 2021 to contract end date of December 31st, 2023.

The successful candidate will be part of the project team on a project entitled The Impact of International Star Scientists on Irish Science.  The project is funded under Science Foundation Ireland’s Science Policy Research Programme.

For details on this project visit: The Impact of International Star Scientists on Irish Science – Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change | NUI Galway


Job Description:

The successful candidate will work in a team of postdoctoral researchers and PhD students under the supervision of Professor John McHale. The team’s research focus will be the study of the recruitment of star scientists on the performance of Irish science. Comparisons with other high-income small open economies will also be undertaken. Among the outcomes of interest are the direct effects of the star on institutional performance, indirect effects on the productivity of colleagues, implications for subsequent recruitment, and impacts on collaboration patterns.

Applicants must have excellent econometric/statistical skills and experience working with large datasets.  Experience with using text analytics to develop datasets based on text records would be a strong advantage.


  • Assembly of datasets
  • Econometric/statistical analysis of datasets
  • Writing research papers for publication in top-level outlets
  • Writing funding proposals
  • Contribute to programme management
  • Conduct a specified programme of research and scholarship under the supervision and direction of your Principal Investigator.
  • Determine appropriate methodologies for research, with advice and support as appropriate.
  • Plan, co-ordinate and implement research project (this may include managing a small research team/co-ordinating other researcher activity).
  • To contribute to costing research grant proposals and assist in the financial management of a research project.
  • To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.


Qualifications/Skills required:

Essential Requirements:

  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. in economics, statistics, or another relevant discipline
  • Strong potential for publication in economics, science policy or related disciplines
  • Evidence of excellent econometric and/or statistical skills
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Strong organisational and management skills
  • Be a motivated self-starter, as well as being focused and exacting in their work ethic.


Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience with text analytics and related technologies
  • Good record of service to the academic community.
  • Experience working with large datasets
  • Good dissemination skills targeting non-academic audiences (industry-focused).
  • Track record of managing research projects
  • Supervision/co-supervision of post-graduate students.


Salary: €38,631.00 to €44,659.00 per annum (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply).


Start date: Position is available from December 2021 (or earliest possible start date thereafter).


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For informal queries contact Professor John McHale at +35391 494076;


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 RES 172-21 in subject line of e-mail application.


Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm Monday November 22nd, 2021.


Interviews are planned to be held late September.


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


NUI Galway reserve the right to readvertise or extend the closing date for this post.


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.