Research Fellows in Social Science
University College Cork, Institute for Social Science

Further Vacancy Details

Research Fellows (2 Posts),

in the 21st Century (ISS21)

27 Month, Fixed-Term, Whole-time Posts


Position summary


Two Research Fellow posts in the area of care and caring relations are available as part of the development of a significant social sciences research programme entitled ‘Caring in the 21st Century’, or CARE21, to be hosted by the Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21).

Funded by the Carolan Research Trust, CARE21 will advance interdisciplinary and social scientific understandings of care, caring relations and care practices in contemporary society, and is a major, strategic intervention to develop and consolidate caring research and capacity in ISS21 over a long term basis. Specifically, CARE21 aims to (i) advance a programme of innovative research, dissemination and dialogue as a common resource for academics, advocates, policymakers, community and voluntary organisations and others concerned with caring relations; (ii) raise awareness of the significance of care research as an interdisciplinary endeavour, and forge networks and collaborations nationally and internationally; (iii) build the longer term sustainability of ISS21 as a centre for expertise in interdisciplinary social research on the changing dynamics of care and caring in the 21st century.

In line with CARE21 objectives, we now look to hire two ISS21 Carolan Research Fellows for a period of 27 months with significant relevant experience and track record whose research will play a key role in advancing interdisciplinary research and engagement around care and caring in its broadest sense, and will seek to further develop ISS21 as a focal point for collaborative research expertise in the social sciences in Ireland. Each Fellow will develop, manage, and conduct a specific research project in relation to one or more of the following CARE21 themes:

• care, care relationships and identities as they relate to different groups in society (older people, families, children, people with disabilities, migrants, caring in the context of gender, for example);
• research which questions understandings of, or reframes, how we think about care in contemporary society;
• the ethics and politics of care and caring;
• geographies and spaces of care (including formal and informal spaces), care mobilities, and transnational caring;
• the relationship between care and technology;
• innovative and creative methodologies in care research.


Successful candidates, who will be titled ISS21 Carolan Research Fellows, will be provided with a salary and access to dedicated funds for research and conference travel to pursue a proposed research programme relating to one or more of the above themes. The Fellows will be based in ISS21, UCC’s interdisciplinary social science institute. Established in 2008 to develop, sustain and enhance research on the social, economic, and cultural transformations shaping Ireland in a global world, ISS21 has a vibrant community of scholars working across a range of thematic areas in the social sciences ( The Research Fellows will be expected to live in Cork and participate in the intellectual life and development of the Institute and University, work closely with other members of CARE21/ ISS21, engage with national and international stakeholders and collaborators, and assist with further CARE21 funding applications. Fellows will report to the ISS21 Director, Dr. Claire Edwards.


Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.


Project Title: CARE21


Post Duration: 27 Months


Salary: €54,717 - €59,622 p.a.


For an information package including full details of the post, selection criteria and application process see


Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr. Claire Edwards, Director ISS21, Email Address: ; Telephone: + 353 21 4902313.


Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title and project name.


Applicants are asked to submit the following attachments as part of their application.

• An application letter of no more than 2 pages describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position.
• A CV setting out qualifications, previous positions held, research experience and publications.
• A project proposal setting out the proposed programme of research. This should be no more than 5 pages (excluding bibliography), and should set out (i) project objectives and originality of the proposed research in relation to the state-of-the-art (ii) Proposed methodology and feasibility of the study; and (iii) the impact of the project, including steps taken to communicate and disseminate the research to different audiences. Applicants should address how their proposed programme of research addresses and develops interdisciplinarity in care research, and will contribute to the broader work of the Institute.


Proposals will be assessed on the following criteria:

• Originality and excellence of the proposed research programme, including its relevance to the CARE21 themes outlined above, and potential to advance interdisciplinary care research, conceptually and/or methodologically.
• Feasibility of the project and research methodology.
• Quality of the proposed measures suggested to promote research impact and to communicate the research to different audiences.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview. Details of interview will be finalised at a later date.


Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 13th December 2019.


No late applications will be accepted.




Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector


Contact Person : Dr. Claire Edwards Contact Email :
Job ID : 037891 Contact Number : 00353 21 4902313
Close Date : 13-Dec-2019 12:00

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