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Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1, School of Medicine

Dublin, Leinster (IE)
£36,932.10 per annum + fixed
Closing date
4 Mar 2024

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Applications are invited for a temporary post of a UCD Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 within UCD School of Medicine

The UCD School of Medicine, in collaboration with the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems and Rare Diseases Ireland (RDI), is currently seeking to appoint a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher (level 1) to contribute to the Rare Disease Research Catalyst Consortium (RDCat). A rare disease affects less than 1 in 2000 individuals; because there are many such diseases, it is estimated that 300,000 people live with rare diseases in Ireland. RDCat is an innovative alliance between healthcare professionals, researchers, and people living with rare diseases with the objective to build a rare disease research ecosystem and infrastructure in Ireland.

The Post-doctoral Researcher will work as part of UCD and in close partnership with Rare Disease Ireland (RDI) under the supervision and direction of the work package leads and the principal investigator. The successful candidate will partner with clinicians across European Reference Network (ERN) sites in Ireland to research patient experiences with healthcare services in Ireland and patient submissions for reimbursement of medicines. The successful candidate will: 1) team up with the EURORDIS-Rare Diseases Europe to refine, test, and validate Rare Disease Patient Reported Experience Measures (PREMs), 2) collaborate with the European Rare Disease Research Coordination and Support Action Consortium (ERICA) to explore and report patient-centred outcome measures in national reimbursement decisions for rare disease medicines, and 3) work collaboratively with RDI to establish an Irish Patient Advocacy Group (IPAG).

The appointed Post-doctoral Researcher will additionally participate in initiatives to increase patient diversity, influence, and involvement in rare disease research nationally and internationally, enhance the engagement of Irish researchers in rare disease research collaborations and networks, including European Reference Networks, contribute to increasing the quantity and quality of rare disease research in Ireland, particularly emphasising international relationship and facilitate effective communication between local, national, and international rare disease researchers to achieve the overarching goals of the consortium.

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 develop further your research skills and competencies, including the processes of publication in peer-reviewed academic publications, the development of funding proposals, the mentorship of graduate students, and the opportunity to develop your skills in research-led teaching.

Post Doc Level 1 Fixed Salary: €42,783

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

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 04.03.2024

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:


UCD is Ireland's most globally engaged university with over 37,000 students drawn from 152 countries, including over 4,500 students based at locations outside of Ireland. 
The international standing of UCD has grown in recent years; it is currently ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide.
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