Research Assistant – Safefood Social Marketing Research Fellow

Whitaker Institute

Ref. No. NUIG RES-089-21

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time fixed term position as a Research Assistant/Safefood Social Marketing Research Fellow with Applied Systems Think Unit within the Whitaker Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

This position is funded by Safefood and is available from June 2021 to contract end date of May 2024.

Combining research and knowledge from business, marketing, public policy and the social sciences, the Applied Systems Thinking researches pressing societal problems and grand challenges like obesity, antibiotic resistance, climate change and sustainability. The group looks for community and collective initiatives that bring positive systemic change. It combines policy insight, stakeholder engagement and public sector expertise to develop innovative policy solutions, improved governance systems, and the capacity of the public to influence those who make decisions affecting their lives and well-being. For further information, see systems thinking/


Job Description and Duties:

The successful Research Fellow will:

1.       Research Function

  • Coordinate all market research, quantitative and qualitative for safefood including the planning, development and analysis of the results.
  • Conduct systematic literature reviews, suitable for publication in a top tier peer-reviewed journal.
  • Provide input on social marketing and behaviour change approaches for safefood’s communications.
  • Exploring processes, tool, techniques and indicators from other commercial and public campaigns around the world that may be of value to safefood’s message delivery.
  • Coordinating data collection and report writing for evaluation of communication activities.

2.       Communications

Assisting in the development, publication and advertisement of healthy eating and food safety material to be delivered through a range of sources, but particularly via digital and social media.

Provide additional social marketing knowledge to the marketing and communications team when appropriate.

Qualifications/Skills required:

Essential Requirements:

  • Candidates must hold a Masters in Marketing or Business Studies and be able to clearly demonstrate that they have studied social marketing in either the Masters or Degree qualification.
  • Specific competencies such as team work, managing projects and communication of information should be demonstrated in the application as well as some experience of and using quantitative, and ideally, qualitative research methodologies.
  • Digital and social media knowledge and skills.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Practical experience of social marketing and/or public health intervention campaigns

Employment permit restrictions apply for this category of post

Salary: €26,609 to €27,767 per annum pro rata for shorter and/or part-time contracts (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply).

Start date: Position is available from June 2021.

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Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Dr. Christine Domegan.

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 Dr. Christine Domegan: email

Please put reference number NUIG RES-089-21 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm Monday, 24th May 2021

 Interviews are planned to be held on Tuesday 1st June 2021

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 re-advertise or extend the closing date for this post.

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