Postdoctoral Researcher

The ProBrain Research Laboratory at National College of Ireland are seeing to recruit a Postdoctoral Researcher to support a study entitled: Increasing the availability of Cognitive Rehabilitation for people with dementia in Ireland. This project is funded by the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland under the Dementia Research Award Scheme and is being conducted in partnership with the Regional Specialist Memory Clinic at Tallaght University Hospital.

The project aims to pilot and evaluate a new service delivery model for Cognitive Rehabilitation (CR) using a supervised clinical placement for trainee psychologists, who will deliver CR to people with dementia in a community setting. The study will use a mixed-methods design to evaluate the effectiveness of the implementation model, and a quantitative pre-post design with an embedded n-of-1 trial to evaluate the impact of CR on goal attainment, cognitive function, and quality of life for n=36 participants with dementia. The results will be integrated to inform guidelines for wider service delivery. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating the placement model and supporting the research activities for this project. This fixed-term part-time contract is for 15 months at 0.5 FTE (2.5 days per week, flexible hours), with a proposed start date of January 2024.  

Research Group: 

ProBrain Research Laboratory, Psychology Department, School of Business at National College of Ireland


National College of Ireland, Mayor Square, IFSC, Dublin 1

Reporting to:              

Dr Michelle Kelly, Associate Professor of Psychology and Dr Caoimhe Hannigan, Assistant Professor of Psychology at National College of Ireland (Principal Investigators)

Key Responsibilities:

  • Coordination of placement activities for trainee psychologists. 
  • Supporting recruitment of participants with dementia through the memory services at Tallaght University Hospital, to take part in the CR intervention study.
  • Collection, management, and analysis of data on key performance indicators related to the implementation model.
  • Quantitative data collection using cognitive assessments and psychometric scales.
  • Qualitative data collection using semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders.
  • Management and analysis of quantitative data sets.
  • Management and analysis of qualitative data using thematic analysis methods.
  • Preparation, in consultation with the wider research team, material for publication in peer-reviewed journals and for presentation at national and international conferences.
  • Support for PPI activities including co-facilitation of PPI workshops.
  • Contribute to regular meetings of the core project team and project steering group.
  • Support for project management activities as specified in the Project Management Plan.
  • General administrative duties as require.
  • Travel to meet the needs of the post (in the Greater Dublin Area, all travel expenses will be reimbursed)
  • Ensure research resources are used in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Supporting participant recruitment for qualitative interviews with key stakeholder groups.

Key Requirements:

Qualifications (Essential)

  • A PhD/doctoral level postgraduate qualification in Psychology, Research Methods, or other relevant discipline
  • A primary degree in psychology or other related health/social care discipline 

Knowledge and Experience (Essential) 

  • Previous practical experience working with participants in research projects including participant recruitment and quantitative and/or qualitative data collection
  • Computer skills including experience in use of Microsoft Office programmes
  • Experience of qualitative data analysis
  • Experience of quantitative data analysis and familiarity with quantitative data analysis software (e.g. SPSS)

Knowledge and Experience (Desirable) 

  • Previous experience working with older adults or vulnerable populations
  • Familiarity with qualitative analysis software (e.g. NVivo, MAXQDA)
  • Experience of working with multiple stakeholders such as healthcare professionals, caregivers or patient groups
  • Prior project management or administrative experience

Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills – ability to plan and coordinate tasks to meet deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – ability to establish rapport with research participants
  • Excellent analytical skills, accuracy, and attention to detail
  • Project management and time management 
  • Understanding of research ethics and ability to maintain confidentiality at all times
  • Highly motivated and capable of working independently as well as within a team
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and an ability to take initiative, along with good judgment and decision-making skills
  • Ability to organise and plan own work schedule within the framework of the agreed research programme

€21,391.50 per annum (for 0.5 FTE) 

Salary is commensurate with experience equivalent to Point 1 of the Postdoctoral Researcher IUA Researcher Salary Scale.


15 Months fixed-term contract 


17.5 Hours per week

Annual Leave: 

17 days per annum


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Application Process:

To apply please e-mail your cover letter and CV both in PDF format ONLY, quoting reference number NCI1094 and title of the position - Postdoctoral Research   to: by 5:00 pm, 10th of January 2024.

Note: The functions and responsibilities assigned to the Postdoctoral Researcher are based on the current stated role and objectives of the College. These functions and responsibilities may alter in line with any change in the role and objectives of the College.

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