We are recruiting a temporary researcher to assist with Dr Cliódhna O’Connor’s research on the social and psychological implications of psychiatric diagnosis. The post will run for 8 weeks and will start as soon as possible (ideally mid-July 2019). Payment will be equivalent to UCD’s rates for postdoctoral staff (approx. €750 a week). The role would suit a recent or prospective PhD graduate.

Position summary

This is a research focused role, where you will conduct a specified programme of research supported by research training and development under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator. The primary purpose of the role is to assist Dr O’Connor with preparing a grant application for a project exploring the social and psychological implications of psychiatric diagnosis. The position will involve data collection and analysis, literature reviews, and administrative/project management tasks. The successful candidate will gain experience in grant writing for major funding schemes and may contribute to the production of scientific publications with appropriate authorship credit.

This is a full-time, temporary 8-week role based in the University College Dublin School of Psychology. Due to funding contingencies, the role cannot be filled on a part-time basis.

Principal duties and responsibilities

• Conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of the Principal Investigator.
• Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities (relevant to the role) as required by the Principal Investigator

• Conduct literature reviews on relevant scientific topics.
• Coordinate participant recruitment and data collection for survey studies.
• Input data into SPSS.
• Quantitatively analyse data under the supervision of the Principal Investigator.
• Contribute to scholarly publications disseminating the research results.
• Carry out administrative work associated with the project.

Selection criteria


• Masters degree in Psychology or closely related subject
• An understanding of the operational requirements for a successful research project

• Experience independently pursuing research
• Understanding of survey design and analysis
• Excellent communication skills (oral, written, presentation etc)
• Excellent organisational and administrative skills including a proven ability to work to deadlines
• Excellent quantitative skills and proficiency in statistical analysis using SPSS


• PhD in Psychology (or close to completion)
• Experience writing for scholarly publications

• Experience in qualitative research design and analysis

• Experience writing research grant applications

Application criteria

For more information and to apply for the role, please email an up-to-date CV to Dr Cliódhna O’Connor (cliodhna.oconnor1@ucd.ie) at your earliest convenience.