Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1, School of Nursing

Dublin, Leinster (IE)
£41,209 per annum
23 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
27 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Applications are invited for a Temporary 2 year post of a UCD Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 within UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, UCD Centre for Interdisciplinary Research Education and Innovation in Health Systems (IRIS).

The HSE's Quality and Patient Safety Directorate (NQPSD) are establishing a national quality and patient safety surveillance system for all HSE provided and funded health and social care services NQPSD, with UCD IRIS Centre as the named academic partner for undertaking the project evaluation, has successfully obtained seed funding from Sl intecare to develop and implement a proof of concept QS Signals project with Maternity Services.

This research project will add value to the Quality and Patient Safety Signals project through an in-depth implementation science study that will evaluate the proof of concept. The research will be underpinned by a philosophy of scientific realism and aims to answer the question "what works, for whom, why, how and in what contexts?" in terms of a quality and patient safety signals system that can address the needs of many different stakeholders - policy makers, managers, quality improvers, clinical staff and patients.

UCD IRIS Centre, as the Research partner, will produce a realist evaluation of the proof of concept. Through this in-depth realist evaluation of the National Women and Infants Programme QS Signals proof of concept, a model of the necessary conditions and resources and supports for successful implementation will be generated to guide the scale-up of QS Signals system-wide. A Readiness and Capability Assessment for full-scale implementation will accompany the evaluation.

This post-doctoral position offers the opportunity to work within the UCD IRIS interdisciplinary team and with key partners and collaborators in the HSE NQPSD) to deliver on this research.

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:

  • Conduct qualitative realist interviews with key system design stakeholders (NWIHP managers and lead clinical staff) and QPS project team and conduct a document analysis of project team planning meetings minutes to develop an initial programme theory explaining how and why the PS Signals system development and implementation worked/or didn't work in the NWIHP programme. (These interviews will be conducted in the later stages of the development/pilot phase in NWIHP)
  • Gather both qualitative and quantitative data from a wide range of stakeholders in the NWIHP programme to test and refine this theory.
  • Present refined programme theory to an expert group for validation.
  • Development of a guide for HSE clinical programmes on the implementation and utilisation of the PS Signals system.
  • Prepare journal article co-authored with HSE QPS project team
  • Maintain regular communication with all partners, stakeholders and funders associated with the project.
  • Supervise the work of the research assistant working on the readiness and capability assessment.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

UCD is committed to creating an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated, and everyone is afforded equality of opportunity. To that end the university adheres to a range of equality, diversity and inclusion policies. We encourage applicants to consult those policies here We welcome applications from everyone, including those who identify with any of the protected characteristics that are set out in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy

Fixed Salary: 41,209 per annum .

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 27th of March 2023.

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: