Institution (Location)
University of Limerick
Start Date
June 1, 2017
Salary Scale: €38,750 – €47,255 p.a
Position Description

The Faculty of Education & Health Sciences (EHS) at the University of Limerick is building research capacity and leadership by creating six new post doctoral positions, each funded initially for three years, in areas of identified research strength across the Faculty.  Within the area of Physical Activity and Health, the Faculty has a strong multi-disciplinary research team with expertise in measurement, determinants, intervention design and evaluation.  The post doctoral researcher will become a member of this team and lead research on the development, evaluation and implementation of complex physical activity interventions aimed at improving population health. 


The successful applicant will be expected to:

·         Work with Prof Catherine 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 Prof Woods or the Faculty 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)

Essential Criteria (knowledge/experience/skills)
·                A doctoral degree (level 10NFQ) in Physical Activity and Health, Exercise Science, Physical Education, Health Science or other similar health related area.

·                Track record of conducting individual and/or collaborative research projects with a variety of research partners.

·                Evidence of publication in high impact peer-reviewed journals.

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

·                Experience in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods.


Desirable Criteria (knowledge/experience/skills)
·                Proficiency in conducting intervention-based research, in understanding determinants of physical activity and theories/strategies of behaviour change as applied to physical activity behaviour.

·                Experience of conducting systematic reviews.

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

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

·                Experience of conducting research with real world impact. 

·                Experience of supervision of postgraduate research students


Personal qualities
·                Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.

·                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.

·                Highly motivated with excellent organisational skills.

How to Apply
The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 7th June 2017.
Applications must be completed online before 12 noon, Irish Standard Time on the closing date.
This position is subject to Garda Vetting and Foreign Police Clearance.  If you have resided in countries outside of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland for a period of 6 months or more since the age of eighteen, it will be mandatory for you to furnish Foreign Police Clearance Certificates from those countries, stating that you have no convictions recorded against you while residing there.  You will need to provide a separate Police Clearance Certificate for each country you have resided in.  Please note; any costs incurred in this process will be borne by the candidate.

Your 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).

Please email [email protected] if you experience any difficulties

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



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