056-19, Postdoctoral Researcher, An Evaluation of Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s (SIFI) Youth Funds UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre School of Political Science & Sociology.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Researcher within the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, part of the Institute for Lifecourse and Society, at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

The position is being created to support a research and evaluation study on Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s (SIFI) Youth Funds.  These Funds opened in 2018 and comprise of the Youth Education and Youth Mental Health Funds.

  • Through the Youth Education Fund, SIFI aims to improve access to higher and further education for students (up to age 25) affected by disability or disadvantage.

  • Through the Youth Mental Health Fund, SIFI aims to provide meaningful and lasting support to innovative mental health programmes and initiatives that reach out to young people before and during the societal, academic, physical, and emotional pressures of early adolescence and early adulthood.

Job Description:

The successful candidate will form part of a dedicated Project Team at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre. They will support the implementation of a detailed research and evaluation plan with Awardee Projects that have been successful in securing SIFI’s matched funding.

Their primary duties will include:

  • Research design and planning: development of detailed research plans based on an agreed master plan. This will include liaison with the Evaluation Advisory Group.

  • Fieldwork implementation and management: oversight of and participation in key data collection tasks.

  • Data analysis: including using both qualitative and quantitative analysis tools.

  • Report writing: drafting of main project reports and other formative outputs as required.

  • Dissemination: including presentation and conferences and the drafting of academic publications.

  • Project Governance – Assist with the on-going project governance including working with the Evaluation Advisory Group.

Essential criteria:

  • Hold a Ph.D. in applied social research or cognate area;

  • Demonstrated excellence in empirical research in their field;

  • Experience in applied policy and practice research with young people, using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies;

  • Demonstrated capacity to work to tight deadlines;

  • Capacity to work on a self-directed basis.


Desirable criteria:

  • Have in-depth knowledge of research, policy and practice in the area of educational disadvantage and or youth mental health;

  • Experience in evaluation research

  • Acted as key author for research and evaluation reports in children and family/young people field

  • Academic publications

  • Experience of working with research commissioners

Salary range:€43,030 per annum

Start date and Contract Duration: April 2019 (3 Year contract)

NB: Gárda vetting is a requirement for this post

Further information on the work of the UCFRC is available at www.childandfamilyresearch.ie . Further information on the SIFI’s Education Fund is available at http://www.socialinnovation.ie/education-fund-2/

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

For information on moving to Ireland please see www.euraxess.ie

Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made (by email only) to Dr. Cormac Forkan at cormac.forkan@nuigalway.ie

To Apply:

Applications should be sent, by e-mail only (word or Pdf), to cfrc@nuigalway.ie for the attention of Ms. Emily O’Donnell, Business Manager and must include a covering letter, CV to include the contact details of three referees consisting of at least one academic referee.   

Please put reference number 056-19 in subject line of e-mail application.


Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Wednesday 27th March 2019.


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


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


Closing Date: Wednesday, 27 Mar 2019

Application: 056-19, Postdoctoral Researcher