Institution (Location)
University of Limerick
Start Date
June 12, 2017
€38,750- €47,255 p.a.
Position Description
Within the Healthy Ireland Framework, the Department of Health identified the promotion of health in children and the creation of healthy generations of youth as critical to the country’s future.  The school environment is an ideal setting for accessing children of all social backgrounds. This flagship Healthy Ireland Demonstration Project has already garnered support from the Department of Health and Department of Education.  The project is being led by Professor Catherine Woods (UL) and Professor Donal O’Shea (UCD) and you will become part of a multi-disciplinary team from across Europe.  The post doctoral researcher will lead a programme of research where they will develop and assess the feasibility of a Healthy Ireland Demonstration Project (HIDP) to enhance physical activity, improve health behaviours and health literacy in school-aged children, and to inform the development of a definitive randomised controlled trial (RCT).  A full-time PhD student will also be assigned to this project. 
The successful applicant will be expected to:
Work with Professor Woods to conduct a specified programme of research.
Assist in identifying future research priorities and target funding initiatives.
Contribute to the Faculty’s research performance by publishing in high quality journals, and 
presenting research at national and international scientific conferences.
Perform research collaboratively and individually. ?
Liaise with both internal and external project stakeholders including industry and academic
partners/collaborators (e.g. DCU, UCD, the University of Ulster, University of Edinburgh, KU Leuven and Deakin University).
Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by 
Professor Woods or the Department to develop research skills and competencies. 
Engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research group, Department or Faculty.
Carry out administrative work to support the programme of research and any additional duties as 
may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post. 
Candidate’s Qualifications (who should apply)


  • A
    doctoral degree (level 10NFQ) in Physical Activity and Health, Exercise
    Science, Physical Education, Health Sciences or similar health related

Experience in publishing papers, writing
reports/papers/conference presentations.

Record of conducting individual and/or collaborative
research projects with a variety of research


Evidence of publication in high impact peer-reviewed

Evidence of identifying research priorities, sources
of funding and pursuing the process of securing


Experience of quantitative and/or qualitative
research methods.

Highly motivated with excellent organisational



Excellent interpersonal, communication and
presentation skills.

Demonstrate a capability of working within a project
team to achieve results.

Experience in running intervention-based research

Experience of conducting statistical analyses using
appropriate statistical software.

Demonstrate a commitment to gaining practical
experience working on a research project.

Demonstrate a capacity to work independently and
within a project team to achieve results.

Demonstrable a record of success in leadership
and/or project management.

An ability to win the confidence of stakeholders,
researchers and research partner representatives.

An ability to foster and sustain academic
relationships internally and externally.

Attention to detail and thoroughness in work
practices and an ability to work to deadlines.


application must include the following:

A complete curriculum vitae with email contact
details of two referees (file 1.)

A letter of motivation and a 2-3 page statement of
research accomplishments and future research

goals (file 2.)

A full list of publications with up to three ‘best
papers’ highlighted with reasons (include hyperlinks)

(file 3.)


How to Apply

Further information for applicants and application material is available online from:

The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday, 7th June 2017.

Applications must be completed online before 12 noon, Irish Standard Time on the closing date.

Please note your application must include:

A letter of introduction indicating how you meet the criteria outlined in the Job description.

A completed online Application Form (separate application forms must be submitted for each post applied for).

Please email [email protected] if you experience any difficulties

Applications are welcome from suitably qualified candidates.

The University is an equal opportunities employer and committed to selection on merit.