Purpose of Position:

The holder of this post will be responsible for the management of the Psychology Laboratory and associated resources within the department of Psychology, NCI.

The post holder will also have teaching responsibilities, namely the administration and management of the Psychology Labs Module for all full and part time students on the BA (Hons) Psychology programme. This includes instructing students on 

  1. Application of the scientific method to conduct both quantitative and qualitative studies in psychology
  2. Conducting appropriate literature reviews to create laboratory reports
  3. APA style
  4. Writing up laboratory reports
  5. Qualitative data collection: interviews and transcription 
  6. Qualitative data analysis: coding and thematic analysis 
  7. Quantitative data collection for experimental psychology
  8. Quantitative analysis for experimental designs

It also involves being responsible for the setting, administration and grading of all assessments within the module, inclusive of giving written and verbal feedback, according to NCI QA standards, and of preparing documentation for second grading and externing. 

Further details of what is required can be found in the section titled ‘Additional Information’

Reporting to:              

Vice Dean of Undergraduate Studies, SoB

Key Responsibilities:

The job duties and responsibilities listed below are intended to describe the general nature of the role. The duties and responsibilities, and the balance between the elements in the role, may change or vary over time, particularly throughout the academic year.

  • To support the efficient and safe running of the Psychology laboratories including Health and Safety protocols.
  • To assist in the development, programming and use of specialised equipment, software or processes in research and teaching. For example, eye tracking devices, observation and recording equipment, psychophysiology equipment, human-technology interaction, E-Prime, Qualtrics, SPSS, Inquisit, NVivo. 
  • Supporting students in finding appropriate resources to carry out their dissertations, through individual/group consultations and a lecture delivered to final year students in semester 1.
  • Assisting students in the development of behavioural and cognitive tasks (i.e. coding of tasks).
  • Supporting faculty responsible for Applied Research Methods and Final Project modules. 
  • To undertake or co-ordinate maintaining, upgrading, optimising, and integrating of laboratory equipment.
  • To develop systems and maintain records of laboratory and equipment bookings, equipment maintenance, and available psychometric tests.
  • To act as module coordinator for the Psychology Labs module.
  • Supervision and assessment of final year research projects. 
  • To undertake any other tasks that may reasonably be requested by the Experimental Officer or Head of Department.

In performance of all these duties there is a need for discretion and confidentiality, as well as a need to be able to establish effective working relationships with other members of the College; and to present a positive image of the College to outside organisations and their representatives.

As the Department of Psychology grows there will inevitably be changes in the way it operates. It may therefore be necessary to review duties and responsibilities as they arise within the technical support pool. It is hoped that this will provide staff with a positive opportunity for personal development and progression and therefore a flexible approach is essential.

Key Requirements:

  • A degree in a relevant subject area or equivalent work-related experience
  • Relevant technical experience or work experience in a relevant technical role
  • Previous experience of working in Psychology or a relevant scientific environment
  • Previous experience teaching at third level institutions (desirable, not essential)
  • A clear understanding of Psychology teaching and research laboratory issues/considerations
  • Knowledge of Psychological Society Ireland (PSI) guidance and procedures for human research
  • Experience in providing technical support to undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels.
  • Knowledge of current health and safety regulations and safe working practices
  • Ability to use and maintain specialist psychology equipment (such as eye tracking, online experiments)
  • Ability to understand and capture psychological data
  • Ability to conduct psychological analyses
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with academics, students and other technical staff
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Ability to support online materials for teaching and assessment
  • Ability to create video material in support of online engagement in teaching and research

Key Attributes:

  • Self-motivated and able to prioritise tasks to meet deadlines 
  • Approachable and a team player
  • Commitment to working within college procedures
  • Able and willing to work with a wide range of people
  • Commitment to working within professional and ethical codes of conduct
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Able and willing to work unsupervised and to organise and prioritise own workload, with a knowledge of when to ask for help


Fixed-term contract from September 2022 September 2023

Hourly rate: 

€20.62 per hour 



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Application Process:

*Internal applications only

To apply internally, please e-mail your cover letter and CV both in PDF format ONLY, quoting reference number: NCI 0986 to: recruitment@ncirl.ie by 5:00 pm, 24th June 2022.

Note: The functions and responsibilities assigned to an Associate Faculty member 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.

The Importance of Confidentiality

We would like to assure you that protecting confidentiality is our number one priority. You can expect that all enquires, applications and all aspects of the proceedings are treated as strictly confidential and are not disclosed to anyone, outside those directly involved in that aspect of the process.

Candidates' Obligations

In submitting a completed Curriculum Vitae and supporting documentation, candidates are declaring:

  • That all the particulars furnished in their application are true and correct without omission and that they are aware of the qualifications and particulars for this position.
  • That to the best of their knowledge that there is nothing in relation to their conduct, character or personal background of any nature that would adversely affect the position of trust in which they would be placed by virtue of this appointment.
  • Their irrevocable consent to NCI making such enquiries as deemed necessary in respect of their suitability for the post in respect of which their application is made.
  • Their acceptance and confirmation of the entitlement of NCI, as appropriate to, reject their application, or to terminate their employment (in the event of a contract of employment having been entered into on foot of this competition) if they have omitted to furnish NCI with any information relevant to their application or their continued employment or where they have made any false statement or misrepresentation relevant to this application or their continuing employment with the College.

Candidates should note that they may be required to submit documentary evidence in support of any particulars given by them in their application for the post.

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HR draft up the shortlisting documents and provide the initial screening to determine if a person meets the essential criteria of the competition. A shortlisting panel is generally made up of two senior grade staff members from the relevant department for which the role is being recruited.

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