Purpose of Position:

The National College of Ireland is seeking an innovative early career researcher to join the School of Computing and contribute to a funded project in the area of Speech and Language Therapy. The project aims to design and create a digital platform to support speech and language therapy service delivery for children.

As a Research Assistant, you will be expected to interact with all members of the interdisciplinary team and produce high-quality deliverables, participating in conference papers, and journal articles.

The successful candidate will work with an interdisciplinary team to carry out a research project exploring how technology can be harnessed to enhance the delivery of speech and language therapy. The project aims to co-design and develop a technology platform to support speech and language therapy service delivery for children. Working with speech and language therapists, software developers, families who use speech and language therapy, academics and other relevant stakeholders, the research assistant will provide a key support role for all aspects of project delivery. The post will be based at the National College of Ireland but will involve close collaboration with colleagues at Trinity College Dublin.

Here at NCI, our commitment to flexibility goes beyond location. We understand that individuals have different working styles, rhythms, and personal commitments. As such, we encourage flexible work hours, enabling our team members to adapt their schedules to suit their individual needs, as long as the required outcomes and deadlines are met. This flexibility ensures that you have the autonomy to structure your workday effectively, allowing for optimal productivity and personal well-being.

Reporting to:

Dr Keith Maycock

Key Relationships:

The Research Assistant will be required to work closely with the Project Lead and Co-Lead, All Project Team Members, Vice President Academic Affairs and Research, Dean of the School of Computing, and other staff members in the School of Computing.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the day to day running of the research project under the direction of the Project Lead and Co-Lead by carrying out administrative duties related to the post (for example, scheduling meetings, taking meeting minutes, booking rooms, placing equipment and catering orders, record keeping related to the project and budget and organising research activities).
  • Conduct research activities under the supervision of the Project Lead and Co-Lead and contributing to the team work (for example, literature searching and reviewing, supporting data collection, contributing to data analysis and outputs).
  • Acting as a central point of contact for the project team and ensuring effective communication across the team and about the project under supervision of the Project lead and Co-Lead (for example, communicating with relevant stakeholders and supporting social media presence).
  • To provide ad hoc support as needed for the research team.

Key Requirements: 

  • Candidates must have a primary degree in Speech and Language Therapy and be eligible to register with CORU. (Essential)
  • Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work independently, as well as part of a team. (Essential)
  • Two years’ experience working as a speech and language therapist (Desirable)
  • Clinical experience working with children with speech, language and communication needs. (Desirable)
  • Experience conducting research (Desirable)
  • An interest in technology (Desirable)
  • Experience with conducting systematic reviews and participatory research (Desirable)

16 Month Fixed Term Contract 



Annual Leave: 

34 Days per annum pro rata


Full time

Application Process:

To apply, please e-mail your cover letter and CV both in PDF format ONLY, quoting reference number: NCI 1051 to: recruitment@ncirl.ie by 5:00 pm, 16th June 2023.

Expected interview dates held on June 22nd,23rd and 27th

Note: The functions and responsibilities assigned to the 

Research Assistant 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 successful applicant will be subject to Garda Vetting and must not have any convictions under the Sex Offenders Act 2001.

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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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