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Research Assistant– A Cognitive Occupation-Based programme for people with Multiple Sclerosis School of Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences NUI Galway (NUIG RES 258-21)

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    National University of Ireland, Galway
    Medical sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    10/12/2021 17:00 - Europe/London
    Ireland › Galway


Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term position as a Research Assistant with Discipline of Occupational Therapy at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

This position is funded by Health Research Board and is available from January 2022 to contract end date of 30th June 2022.


Information on project:

The trial is of a cognitive rehabilitation intervention for people living with multiple sclerosis who have cognitive symptoms. We will test the feasibility of a novel MS-specific programme: Cognitive Occupation-Based programme for people with Multiple Sclerosis (COB-MS) developed by Principal Investigator (PI; Dr Hynes). The COB-MS aims to improve patient care and has potential to have a strong positive impact on clinical care. The main aim is to test the integrity of the protocol for a full-scale randomised controlled trial. This is a single-blind cluster randomised control pilot trial. Both clinical and feasibility outcomes will be examined as part of feasibility testing.


Job Description:

The purpose of this post is to support an externally funded, national research project investigating the feasibility of an occupation-based cognitive rehabilitation programme for people living with multiple sclerosis (COB-MS). This is a feasibility trial funded by the Health Research Board (HRB) and based in the School of Health Sciences in NUI Galway. We are seeing to appoint a dynamic full-time research assistant for six months. The research assistant will report to the principal investigator (PI) on the trial, Dr Sinéad Hynes.

The research assistant will be responsible for supporting and conducting research tasks on the trial. The post holder will have responsibility for ensuring research objectives are met through implementation of protocols, alongside the PI and research team members.


  • To maintain the case report files and study database.
  • To undertake administrative tasks related to the research study including maintaining relevant research documentation, entering data and case report file management.
  • To analyse qualitative and quantitative data related to sub-studies on the COB-MS trial.
  • To be respectful and sensitive to study participants and their families.
  • To contribute to dissemination and preparation of study reports and publications.
  • To ensure the integrity of the trial, including adherence to trial protocols and having an understanding of the importance of maintaining blinding during the trial.
  • To undertake any other duties appropriate to the grade and nature of the post.

Qualifications/Skills required:

Essential Requirements:

Applicant must:

  • Have a minimum BA/BSc (NFQ Level 8) at the time of commencing employment in a health-related discipline (e.g. occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology).
  • Have access to reliable broadband connection, if required to work remotely.
  • Have experience conducting research with human participants.
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Have experience of working with qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Be reliable and have excellent organisational and time management skills.
  • Demonstrate good listening skills and the ability to deal with people in a courteous, professional and helpful manner.
  • Have good working knowledge of statistical software- e.g SPSS; NVIVO.
  • Have an understanding of Data Protection and research governance procedures and a commitment to applying these principles.


Desirable Requirements:

  • Hold a Master’s degree in a relevant subject.
  • Have research or clinical experience working with people with multiple sclerosis or people with cognitive difficulties.
  • Have high level of problem solving and planning.
  • Have experience of report / paper writing (outside of university assignments).

Be self-motivated with a robust work ethic.


Employment permit restrictions apply for this category of post.


Salary: €27,109.00 per annum pro rata


Start date: Position is available from January 2022.


Continuing Professional Development/Training:

Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.


Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway

Further information about research at the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences is available at http://www.nuigalway.ie/medicine-nursing-and-health-sciences/

Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Dr Sinéad Hynes at sinead.hynes@nuigalway.ie

NB: All interviews will be held remotely via videoconference.

NB: Gárda vetting is a requirement for this post (as appropriate to Child Protection Policy)

To Apply:

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of two referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Dr Sinéad Hynes at sinead.hynes@nuigalway.ie. Applications cannot be accepted by post.

Please put reference number NUIG RES 258-21 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00pm 10th December 2021


Interviews are planned to be held on 15th December 2021 and will be held online.

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment


National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

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