Research Officer/Senior Research Officer in Quantitative Sociology The Economic and Social Research Institute Ireland

Research Officer/Senior Research Officer in Quantitative Sociology


The Institute

The Economic and Social Research Institute, founded in 1960, is located in Dublin’s South Docklands area. Its mission is to produce high quality research, relevant to Ireland’s economic and social development, with the aim of contributing to knowledge and informing policymaking and public debate. It has over 100 staff including economists, sociologists and other social scientists, in addition to support and technical staff.

The ESRI is strengthening its team of sociologists and wishes to appoint a researcher in Quantitative Sociology. This is a tenure-track position and the appointment will be made at Research Officer or Senior Research Officer level, as appropriate to the successful candidate’s experience. Candidates must have:

(a)    a Ph.D. in sociology

(b)    capacity to undertake independent research in the areas of social stratification, social inclusion and inequality (or related areas), demonstrated by an existing publication record.

Social Research at the ESRI

The successful candidate will join the Social Research Division of the ESRI, which consists of a multi-disciplinary team of sociologists, economists, epidemiologists, psychologists, health service researchers and statisticians, working in the areas of social inclusion and equality; health and quality of life; behavioural economics; education; and taxation, welfare and pensions. The Institute has excellent facilities and a supportive atmosphere, with a particular emphasis on team-based research.  All research has a strong empirical focus, and hence strong quantitative research skills (including the use of advanced statistical methods) are essential.  All projects/programmes are undertaken with a view to publication in academic journals and/or policy reports and all contributions are recognised in the attribution of authorship.  Most research has a policy focus, allowing the successful candidate the opportunity to interact with policymakers.  The institute aims to contribute to an understanding of Irish society and to inform Irish social policy but also has a strong record of collaborative research with other European institutions and encourages comparative projects.  ESRI staff members are affiliated to Trinity College Dublin, providing opportunities for collaboration and interaction.  We are strongly committed to ongoing staff training and development, and researchers are supported to participate in international conferences and networks.

Role Description

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to existing projects on social inclusion, equality and related areas. The candidate will also be expected to raise research funds and develop new research projects by actively working with potential research funders and in collaboration with colleagues at the Institute and researchers in other organisations.


Skills, Qualifications and Experience

Applicants should have a strong background in quantitative sociology. The successful candidate will have:

  • A PhD in sociology;
  • A minimum of 2-3 years post-doctoral experience or equivalent for appointment at RO level; for appointment at Senior Research Officer level, a minimum of 8 years post-doctoral experience and a strong publications record is expected.
  • Experience in preparing research proposals and proven capacity to secure funding for social research projects, through grants, research programmes or commissioned research projects;
  • Peer-reviewed academic publications in international journals;
  • Advanced training and significant experience in quantitative analysis; experience in longitudinal analysis would be an advantage;
  • Relevant experience in analysing large social surveys; experience in comparative research would be an advantage;
  • Strong skills in writing and presentation, including the ability to communicate complex research findings to a range of audiences;
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork and communication skills;
  • Capacity to manage relationships with funders;
  • Proven ability to work successfully under tight deadlines;
  • Flexibility and capacity to contribute to research on a range of topics and to work on multiple projects.


Terms and Application Procedure

As noted, it is intended to appoint at the level of Research Officer or Senior Research Officer appropriate to the successful candidate’s experience. A mapping of ESRI grades to the corresponding grades in the Irish University system is set out below. Specific terms are available on request. Appointments at Research Officer level and above are initially made on a five-year, fixed-term contract; granting of full tenure is subject to a successful mid-term review. Secondment arrangements may be considered for eligible candidates as will applications from candidates who wish to take up the position on a part-time basis.

The appointee will also hold an adjunct position at Trinity College Dublin.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact for further information on the terms and conditions of these positions.

To apply for this position please follow the link below. The closing date for applications is 5pm Monday 12th November 2018.

The ESRI is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to accommodating the needs of people with disabilities to enable them to participate in the selection process. Please let us know if you have any particular requirements should you be invited for assessment/ interview or that you wish us to take into account when considering your application.

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