Postdoctoral Researcher, NEX Healthcare Project

Dublin, Ireland
Aug 11, 2020
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Aug 17, 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Centre/School: School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health, Centre for eIntegrated Care (CeiC)
Post Title: Postdoctoral Researcher, NEX Healthcare Project: Developing technological solutions to support older adults to live independently at home.
Level on DCU Framework: Level 1
Post Duration: Fixed Term Eight Month Contract

As part of this role the researcher will be required to participate in the DCU Research Career Framework http://dcu.ie/hr/ResearchersFramework/index.shtml. This framework is designed to provide significant professional development opportunities to researchers and offer the best opportunities in terms of a wider career path. DCU has a strong track record in attracting both Irish and European Union research funding under Horizon 2020 (and all previous Framework Programmes), Marie Curie Actions and Erasmus.

Dublin City University www.dcu.ie is a research-intensive, globally-engaged, dynamic institution that is distinguished both by the quality and impact of its graduates and by its focus on the translation of knowledge into societal and economic benefit. Through its mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation, DCU acts as an agent of social, cultural and economic progress. DCU is Ireland’s fastest growing university, and now hosts more than 17,000 students across its three academic campuses: DCU Glasnevin Campus, DCU St Patrick’s Campus and DCU All Hallows campus.

Centre for eIntegrated Care (CeIC)

The Centre for eIntegrated Care (CeIC) at the School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health in DCU aims to improve health and social care for citizens by advancing access to integrated care records. The centre brings together academic research expertise from within DCU as well as industry partners, health and social care practitioners, patients and citizens.

NEX Healthcare Project

The CeIC team are working in partnership with academic partners in DCU Insight and the School of Psychology as well as industry partners Davra and Danalto. The NEX project aims to develop a connected health/social care system to support independent living in community living older adults over a three-year period. A user needs and requirements study is currently underway with stakeholders including older adults, family care givers and health and social care professionals. This phase will ensure the development of systems that blend user needs with technology advancement. The findings will inform the design and development of the home support system which will be tested in a friendly trial and subsequent exploratory trial with opportunities to feed back into design and development activities. This exciting project has the capacity to disrupt how health and social care services can support older adults to remain living independently in their homes.

Role Profile

A vacancy has arisen for a Postdoctoral Researcher for a period of 8 months. The role will be based in the CeIC at the School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health and will report directly to the Principal Investigator (PI), Dr Catriona Murphy. Fieldwork will be undertaken at participating health and social care locations, in participants’ homes and through on-line activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Principal Investigator the Postdoctoral Researcher will:

  • Conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of the Principal Investigator
  • Prepare reports and scientific publications
  • Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which he/she is engaged with assistance from and under the supervision of the Principal Investigator
  • Engage in appropriate training and development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, the School or Research Centre, or the University
  • Liaise with both internal and external stakeholders including industry and academic partners/collaborators
  • Carry out administrative work associated with the programme of research as necessary

Candidate Requirements


  • PhD in a relevant area such as psychology, nursing, social science, health services research, allied health disciplines or related disciplines relevant to the research topic.
  • Applicants should have a minimum of 2 years’ postdoctoral research or equivalent at Level 1 of the Research Career Framework. Such experience should include that conducted in the fields of health or social care, including recruiting patients/citizens.
  • Well-developed qualitative and quantitative research skills
  • A publication track record
  • Excellent written and oral proficiency in English
  • Proven ability to manage an interdisciplinary team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to prioritise workload and work to strict deadlines
  • Proven ability to work in a diverse team
  • Strong organisational and problem solving abilities


  • Experience of information and communication technology research in health and social care

Mandatory Training

The post holder will be required to undertake the following mandatory compliance training: GDPR, Orientation, and Compliance. Other training may need to be undertaken when required.