Research Project Officer

Project Officer

Contract: 12 months

Location: Dublin City Centre

Salary: 46k 

Excellent role for a Phd or Masters qualified candidate to gain valuable experience and insight into the full pre-award grant process, from development of a scheme through call launch, peer review, panel funding decisions and pre-contract negotiation. 

Key responsibilities of the post:

The Project Officer role is team-based, and teamwork and coordination with others are crucial.The Project Officer will have a varied portfolio, working across a number of established and new schemes including:

  • Investigator-Led Projects
  • Definitive Intervention and Feasibility Awards
  • A new Call for Research on Parkinson’s disease
  • A new call for Clinical Trial Networks

Duties will include:

  • agreeing dates, budgets, key actions and deadlines for initiatives with the programme manager
  • supporting the development of new initiatives
  • updating and finalising call documentation
  • generation of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and other text for website and other dissemination media
  • interaction with other national and international agencies on joint funding arrangements and new initiatives
  • responding to all queries from applicants and host institutions
  • co-ordinating eligibility checks (both technical and in scope)
  • taking the lead role in identifying and securing appropriate peer reviewers (including training and mentoring of external support staff, where appropriate, and ensuring that the necessary performance is delivered)
  • coordinating the selection committee members (and Chair) based on understanding of range of applications within a call and match with expert skills
  • coordinating the process of shortlisting, where appropriate, in association with PM and committee Chair
  • co-ordinating, attending and recording proceedings of committee meetings
  • collating and editing (where required) feedback for applicants
  • negotiating and revision of award budget, milestones, deliverables and any other special conditions for inclusion in contracts
  • supporting activities such as grant workshops, launches and events
  • contributing to the website, press releases, publications and other promotional activities

Formal requirements include:

  • A PhD in a relevant area such as clinical research, life sciences; OR a Master’s degree with at least three year’s appropriate research / professional experience
  • Knowledge of research management, governance, funding, evaluation and policy issues
  • High degree of computer literacy, including knowledge and experience of using Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and experience of databases
  • Knowledge of national health research, and of the Irish academic and health services environment

Competencies include:

  • Excellent planning and organising abilities
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Ability to effectively manage priorities
  • Problem analysis and resolution skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • A high degree of self-motivation and professional integrity
  • Ability to work well in a team and on own initiative

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Ciaran Smyth

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