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Post-Doctoral Researcher in Global Surgical Systems Research (Quantitative)

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    RCSI - Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
    Biological sciences
    Medical sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    31/07/2019 17:00 - Europe/London
    Ireland › Dublin

Title: Post-Doctoral Researcher in Global Surgical Systems Research (Quantitative)
Institute of Global Surgery
Tenure: Specified Purpose, full or part time
Location: RCSI, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
Reporting to: Dr. Jakub Gajewski, Senior Research Fellow on SURG-Africa

Background to the research project

RCSI is the Coordinator of a European Commission (EC) Horizon 2020-funded global surgical research project: Scaling up Safe Surgery for District and Rural Populations in Africa (SURG-Africa) www.surgafrica.eu. This is one of the largest implementation science projects done in global surgery worldwide. This is a research programme that provides evidence to ministries of health on how to scale up surgical systems to national level – in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia – drawing on lessons from an earlier study (see www.costafrica.eu). A participatory implementation research approach incorporates quantitative (cross-sectional, analytical observation and intervention studies) and qualitative methods (in-depth interviews). 

RCSI is responsible for the delivery of the principal research work package, working with partners in the three African countries; along with a Netherlands partner, who undertakes economic and policy-level research; and a UK partner, who oversees intervention design and implementation.  The project started in January 2017.

RCSI, on foot of the COST-Africa and SURG-Africa research projects and the Irish Aid-funded RCSI COSECSA Collaboration, has recently established a new Institute of Global Surgery – see http://www.rcsi.ie/surgery-developing-world.  This increases the likelihood of a sustainable future, and a career path at RCSI for ambitious and able researchers, in the field of Global Surgical Systems research.

Responsibilities of the Post-Doctoral Researcher

SURG-Africa is seeking to recruit a Researcher with strong skills in quantitative methods, including epidemiological study design and/or implementation as well as data analysis and manuscript write-up. The project has been generating large volumes of data providing excellent publication opportunities. The principal responsibilities of the post are to contribute to implementation of research agenda of the SURG-Africa project as outlined in the position specification. While the position is based at the RCSI in Dublin, the post-holder may be expected to spend some time in one or more of the African countries to collect data and support local teams in conducting project activities. 

The post-holder needs to be self-motivated, demonstrate initiative, and have proven ability to work independently and lead on data analysis.  S/he will be one of a 4-person multi-disciplinary team employed on SURG-Africa, including a Senior Research Fellow who will oversee the research activities and provide day-to-day guidance; and a principle investigator.

The post-holder will be expecting to lead on the quantitative aspect of the study. S/he will support the team in undertaking all necessary activities, including communications with the partners and the EC, and reporting duties. S/he will contribute actively to data analysis, write up and publication / dissemination of findings.


Offer Requirements

    Biological sciences: Master Degree or equivalent


Person Specification:

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate s/he has the following:

Essential – evidence of:

  • MS level qualifications in related fields (statistics, health economics, epidemiology or other relevant disciplines)
  • Relevant research experience, quantitative data collection and analysis
  • Computer skills including proven ability in using a quantitative data analysis packages (e.g. STATA, SPSS)
  • Scientific writing skills and experience with proven track record of publications
  • Excellent communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills with the ability to prioritise objectives and work under deadlines
  • The ability to work on one’s own initiative as well as in a team environment
  • Flexibility to work irregular hours on occasion
  • Willingness to undertake training and career development
  • Willingness and ability to undertake district hospital field work in African countries.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.

Desirable – evidence of:

  • A PhD
  • Research experience in the field of health systems
  • Qualitative methods expertise

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
RCSI - Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
121/122 St. Stephen's Green

EURAXESS offer ID: 426806


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