1. Post-Doctoral Researcher
    University College Cork, Ireland

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Job Posted: 12 Nov 2014
Closing Date for Applications: 19 Nov 2014
Department: The ASSERT for Health Centre
College: Medicine and Health
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: €33,975 - €38,155 p.a. (New Entrants)

Position Summary 

Project: RASimAs

The Regional Anaesthesia Simulator and Assistant project (RASimAs) is a multi centre collaborative project funded by the European Union under the FP7 programme. The RASimAs project has brought expertise together from across Europe to design, build and evaluate a simulator to teach procedural skills associated with regional anaesthesia (“nerve block”). 

The term “regional anaesthesia” refers to a series of complex procedures usually performed by anaesthetists which permit temporary numbing of body parts to facilitate surgery, thereby avoiding the need for (and risks associated with)  general anaesthesia. Currently regional anaesthesia skills are taught mainly in the clinical environment, which may expose patients to unnecessary risks when procedures are performed by inexperienced anaesthetists. The aim of this project is to design a training and assessment tool, that would allow anaesthetists to learn and practice  relevant procedural skills prior to performing regional anaesthesia in the clinical environment.

The successful candidate will work with a dynamic team of clinicians, educationalists and academics within the ASSERT for Health Centre at UCC. The successful candidate will be responsible for the design and conduct of local validation of a simulator based training programme (using a prototype simulator), and evaluation of the associated  learning efficacy and transfer of learning to the clinical environment.  The role will also involve administrative and communication responsibilities with the RASimAs project administration, based at the University of Aachen, Germany.

Post Duration: 2 years


Key Duties and Responsibilities

This title will apply to newly qualified Post-Doctoral Researchers and will be considered as a period of training as the researcher will have dual goals in terms of the research project and their own career development.  The researcher will be mentored by a Principal Investigator (PI).  It is expected that a researcher would spend not more than 3 years at the Post Doctoral level, subject to the term of the project and would then be eligible to compete for a Senior Post Doctoral post advertised by the University.

The primary focus of the Postdoctoral Researcher will be research however a particular emphasis during this stage should include;

  • To conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College in order to develop research skills and competencies.
  • To gain experience in grant writing.
  • To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed by, with the support of and under the supervision of a Principal Investigator.
  • To become familiar with the publication process.
  • To acquire generic and transferable skills (including project management, business skills and postgraduate mentoring/supervision).
  • To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research group, School or College.
  • To interact closely with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD and possibly have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with an academic supervisor.
  • To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.
  • To carry out additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • To contribute to costing research grant proposals and assist in the financial management of a research project.



  • A PhD qualification.
  • Appropriate research experience.
  • Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment.
  • A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
  • Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.
  • A commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project.
  • Ability to work well within a team.


For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: Dr Brian O’Donnell

Title: ASSERT PI, Lecturer in Anaesthesia

Email Address: briodnl@gmail.com

Telephone: 0872780225


To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to Dr Brian O’Donnell, Email Address: briodnl@gmail.com , Telephone: 0872780225, on or before the closing date 19th November 2014.


Supplementary Information on the Department/Research Centre and the post is available at the following URL: http://www.ucc.ie/en/assert/

University College Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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