Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Dublin, Leinster (IE)
PD1: € 39,522 per annum OR PD2: €46,906 per annum pro rata 0.80FTE
12 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
19 Aug 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Applications are invited for a Temporary post of a UCD Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 or 2 within school of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems PD1 @ 1.0 FTE for 30 months and a PD2 for 0.8FTE for 30 months

Worldwide women represent 70% of the global health workforce. They are frequent users of health services through ante-natal and obstetric services, childhood development clinics and childhood vaccination programmes, and through their roles as primary caregivers for elderly or frail parents. Yet they continue to be underrepresented in key decisions on resource allocation, health service design and delivery and they have limited voice in health service policies and improvements.

Women are underrepresented in governance and leadership positions in healthcare and scientific disciplines, all over the world. More than 80% of the nursing staff in Tanzania are female. Less than a third of medical doctors are women, and even fewer pursue specialization. Data across sectors including healthcare reveal a very big gender gap in Tanzania, with the percentage males in senior and middle management occupations four time higher than the percentage of females.

While specific figures on women in leadership roles within the Tanzanian healthcare sector are not available (something this project aims to address), all evidence indicates that women are substantially less represented in leadership than their male colleagues. In a context where the health workforce comprises over 70% women, actions must be taken to address this imbalance and support the advancement of women leaders.

The primary aim of this project is to implement a package of interventions to address the organisational and individual barriers to the advancement of women to leadership positions in the Tanzanian health sector and to evaluate the influence on leadership competencies and career advancement actions of the female health workforce across 3 regions in Tanzania. The postdoctoral researcher will work with the team of researchers in the UCD IRIS Centre under the direction of the PI, Professor Eilish McAuliffe 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 further develop your research skills and competences, including the processes of publication in peer-reviewed academic publications, the development of funding proposals, the mentorship of graduate students along with the opportunity to develop your skills in research led teaching. In addition to the Principal Duties and Responsibilities listed below, the successful candidate will also carry out the following duties specific to this project:

  • Manage project communications across the research partners in Ireland and Tanzania.
  • Assist the PI in promoting the programme and ensuring it has visibility in the research and healthcare communities.
  • Work with the PI to ensure the project is delivered in line with the specified project timelines and deliverables
  • Prepare reports for and assist with convening the Programme Advisory Board and the Project Management team.
  • Work closely with the postdoctoral researcher and research assistant in Mzumbe Universiy, Tanzania to ensure effective delivery of the programme.

Salary: PD1: € 39,522 per annum OR PD2: €46,906 per annum pro rata 0.80FTE

Appointment on the above range will be dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 19th August 2022

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD are unable to accept late applications. UCD do not require assistance from Recruitment Agencies. Any CV's submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.

Prior to application, further information (including application procedure) should be obtained from the Work at UCD website:

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