Postdoctoral Researcher

Inclusive Learning at NUI Galway

Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change

College of Business, Public Policy and Law

NUI Galway

Ref. No. NUIG 005-20

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a fixed-term part-time (0.7FTE), fixed term position at the level of Postdoctoral Researcher at the National University of Ireland, Galway. The successful candidate will be part of the project team on a project entitled Inclusive Learning at NUI Galway. The project is funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, as part of the Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement Funding in Higher Education 2019. This position is available from mid-February 2020 for a period of 10 months until December 2020.

Job Description:

The successful candidate will work as part of the project team under the supervision of Dr Shivaun Quinlivan and Dr Lucy-Ann Buckley (project leads) and Ms Jane Ennis (project manager). The team’s research focus will be on the identification of exclusionary barriers experienced by particular postgraduate student groups and the provision of evidence to guide policy development and identify strategic priorities at an institutional level.

The post-holder must have excellent quantitative and qualitative skills and experience conducting interviews and focus groups.  Knowledge of inclusion and diversity practice, or inclusive education, would be an advantage. The successful candidate will be expected to assist in the overall management of the programme.

In this role you will be expected to:

  • Recruit participants for online surveys, focus groups and interviews.
  • Organise and conduct focus groups and interviews with target groups.
  • Analyse project data and prepare a written project report.
  • Contribute to writing research papers for peer-reviewed publications.
  • Contribute to project management.
  • Contribute to event organisation.
  • Work with project leads to raise the national and international profile of the research/project, in particular through publications, presentations and participation in relevant conferences and seminars.
  • Carry out any additional duties that may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Requirements:

  • A Ph.D. in a relevant social science discipline.
  • Significant knowledge and appropriate experience of using qualitative and/ or mixed-method approaches to social research.
  • Experience of conducting focus groups and interviews.
  • Excellent and demonstrable knowledge of relevant computer software (including, e.g., MS Office, and qualitative data analysis software (e.g., NVivo). 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.
  • High levels of initiative, commitment to deadlines and team interaction.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Strong coordination, organisational and management skills.
  • An ability to work effectively and in a mutually supportive manner within a project team.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Knowledge of inclusion and diversity practice.
  • Knowledge of inclusive education.
  • A record of publications and a desire to publish and communicate research widely.

Salary Scale: €37,874 – €49,050 per annum pro-rata

Start date:  10 February 2020 (or the soonest possible date thereafter)

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.  Additional Opportunities for training may be available with international collaborators on this project.

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

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Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Dr Shivaun Quinlivan (email ) (Tel. 091 493842)

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 Jane Ennis Please put reference number NUIG 005-20 in the subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm Monday 27th January 2020.

Interviews are planned to be held on Monday 3rd February 2020.

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.