Post-Doctoral Researcher - School of Applied Social Studies / Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21)
University College Cork, School of Applied Social Studies / Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21)

Post-Doctoral Researcher


Job Posted: 14 Dec 2018

Closing Date for Applications: 30 Jan 2019

School: School of Applied Social Studies / Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21)

College: College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time

Job Type: Research

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

Position Summary


IMMERSE “Integration Mapping of refugee and Migrant Children in Schools and Other Experiential Environments in Europe” is a  4 year European Union Horizon2020 research project. It aims to enhance the socio-educative inclusion of refugee and migrant children through the generation of new data and policy recommendations on their integration into host societies. IMMERSE aims to foster the empowerment of children and other relevant stakeholders with a view to contributing to enhancing their integration and successful transition to adulthood into host societies. IMMERSE is composed of 9 partners across Europe and the lead Irish partner is the School of Applied Social Studies, /Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21), University College Cork.


This Post-Doctoral Researcher will be a core member of the UCC research team and will be involved in conducting primary and secondary research in Ireland and will undertake a specified programme of research for IMMERSE under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader.


Post Duration: 41 months

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

Project: IMMERSE


Key Duties and Responsibilities


This title will apply to Post-Doctoral Researchers and will be considered as a period of training as the researcher will have dual goals in terms of the research project and their own career development.  The researcher will be mentored by a Principal Investigator (PI).  It is expected that a researcher would spend not more than 3 years at the Post Doctoral level, subject to the term of the project and would then be eligible to compete for a Senior Post Doctoral post advertised by the University.


The primary focus of the Postdoctoral Researcher will be research however a particular emphasis during this stage should include;

  • To conduct a specified programme of research on the IMMERSE project under the supervision of and direction of the Principal Investigator and Research Team. Data collection methods for IMMERRSE will include focus groups with adults and children, interviews and the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data relevant to the integration of refugee and migrant children in schools.
  • To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College in order to develop research skills and competencies.
  • To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed by, with the support of and under the supervision of a Principal Investigator.
  • To become familiar with the publication process.
  • To acquire generic and transferable skills (including project management, business skills and postgraduate mentoring/supervision).
  • To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the IMMERSE project team, School of Applied Social Studies and ISS21.
  • To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.
  • To gain experience in grant writing.
  • To interact closely with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD and possibly have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with an academic supervisor.
  • To carry out additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • To contribute to costing research grant proposals and assist in the financial management of a research project.



  • A PhD qualification in the Social Sciences and related disciples.
  • Appropriate research experience including experience conducting research with children.
  • Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment.
  • Quantitative and qualitative research skills.
  • A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
  • Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.
  • 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 will form part of the selection process.


For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: Dr Shirley Martin

Title: Lecturer, School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork

Email Address:

Telephone: 021 4903391


To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to Dr Shirley Martin, Lecturer, School of Applied Social Studies, William Thompson House, University College Cork, email:, phone: 021 4903391, on or before the closing date 30th January 2019.

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