Post-Doctoral Researcher

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    University College Cork
    Medical sciences
    Psychological sciences
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    05/07/2019 17:00 - Europe/London
    Ireland › Cork

Position Summary

The Health Research Board has funded a five-year research programme: Individual and Area Level Determinants of Self-Harm and Suicide in Ireland: Enhancing Prediction, Risk Assessment and Management of Self-Harm by Health Services. The key objectives of the research programme are:

  1. To examine predictive factors associated with risk of repeated self-harm and suicide among people with a history of multiple self-harm acts and those engaging in highly lethal self-harm acts;
  2. Develop, implement and assess the effectiveness of an enhanced self-harm assessment and intervention programme for self-harm nurses and mental health professionals in general hospitals;
  3. Identify regional patterns of self-harm and suicide clustering over time.

The research programme includes 5 interrelated work packages focusing on strategic priorities in population health and health services research (PH/HSR) in Ireland and internationally:

  • WP1: Examination of predictive factors associated with short- and long-term risk of repetition of self-harm and suicide among high risk groups
  • WP2: Examination of predictive factors associated with repeated self-harm and suicide among high risk groups: a prospective in-depth interview study
  • WP3: Development of a Self-Harm Assessment and Management for General Hospitals (SAMAGH)
  • WP4: Implementation and evaluation of the Self-Harm Assessment and Management Programme in hospital settings: a cluster randomised trial
  • WP5: Develop and implement an Observatory for early identification of suicide and self-harm clustering

The Principal Investigator for the five-year research programme is Professor Ella Arensman, School of Public Health, UCC, and Chief Scientist, National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF). For this research programme, UCC wishes to recruit a part-time (2.5 days per week) Post-Doctoral Researcher with expertise in the area of research into suicide, self-harm or a related mental health area.

Post Duration: 2,5 years

Salary: €37,221 - €44,266 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale, Pro rata 0.5 FTE)

Project: Individual and Area Level Determinants of Self-Harm and Suicide in Ireland: Enhancing Prediction, Risk Assessment and Management of Self-Harm by Health Services.

For full particulars on this post please refer to: https://www.ucc.ie/en/hr/vacancies/research/full-details-1029841-en.html

Additional comments

For informal enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: Professor Ella Arensman

Email Address: ella.arensman@ucc.ie

Telephone: 00 353 21 4205550 / 4205584

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to Ms Karen Mulcahy, Research Administrator, k.mulcahy@ucc.ie, on or before the closing date 5th July 2019 .

Supplementary Information on the Department/Research Centre and the post is available at the following www.nsrf.ie  and  www.ucc.ie/en/publichealth 

Offer Requirements



  • A PhD qualification in a mental health or health related topic
  • Experience of conducting research in a multi-disciplinary team
  • A demonstrated ability in coordinating research and project management
  • Experience of conducting interviews in relation to sensitive topics
  • Excellent communication, organisation, interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Excellent skills in data management and data analysis
  • Experience in providing skills training in mental health
  • Experience of writing reports and peer review papers
  • Experience in providing (co-)supervision
  • Experience in writing research grant applications as lead or co-applicant
  • Capability of working within a project team to achieve results
  • Capacity to work on one’s own initiative, to multi-task and to meet deadlines
  • Experience of conducting randomised controlled trials is desirable
  • Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment
  • A commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project
  • Ability to work well within a team
  • Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

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