Postdoctoral Researcher

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - RCSI - School of Pharmacy

Tenure: Specified Purpose Contract (1 year)

Location: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Dublin 2

Reporting to: Professor Paul Gallagher / Dr Gráinne Cousins

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) recognises that excellence in research is critical to the quality of its educational activities, its credibility, and, overall, to its mission to enhance human health. Recently, RCSI has implemented a new research strategy that will build upon its strength in translational biomedical and clinical research to deliver transformational, high impact changes in health care. Targeting both Irish national and EU funding, along with increased collaboration with industry, is a major part of the RCSI research strategy. Forging increased collaboration between RCSI PIs and industry is of critical importance to achieving success in this area. More information on RCSI Research can be viewed here:


Older adults are susceptible to adverse effects from the concomitant use of medications and alcohol. As the proportion and age of the older population continues to increase, the absolute number using alcohol interactive (AI) medications will also increase. The research group of Dr Gráinne Cousins at the RCSI School of Pharmacy have developed an explicit list of potentially serious drug-alcohol interactions in older adults. We are searching for a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to lead on a national cohort study evaluating the derived list of potentially serious drug-alcohol interactions. The successful candidate will be based in the School of Pharmacy in the RCSI, and will join a team of pre- and post-doctoral researchers. This post will afford opportunities for participation in delivery of educational and assessment activities as part of support to build curriculum vitae, and the opportunity to travel to disseminate findings.

Specifically the duties of the post will include

Position specification

  • Develop a national cohort of community dwelling older adults 
  • Perform data linkage of patient questionnaires and pharmacy dispensing records
  • Ensure accuracy and consistency of all processes
  • Manage data, run analyses and critically review results
  • Present regular progress reports to the multidisciplinary research team
  • Draft reports and manuscripts and other forms of dissemination
  • Perform such other duties as may be required from time to time

Person Specification:

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A PhD (or equivalent research experience) in epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology, biostatistics or related subject
  • Proven ability to perform statistical analyses, experience analysing cohort data is desirable
  • Prior experience working with large datasets and evidence of peer-reviewed publications
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to take direction and meet deadlines
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills with the ability to prioritise objectives
  • The ability to work on one’s own initiative as well as in a team environment
  • Can operate flexibility within a busy environment; can shift focus when required
  • Willingness to undertake training and career development

Application Process:

Please apply online with your CV and Covering Letter no later than 11.30pm on the closing date

Informal Enquiries can be directed to Dr. Gráinne Cousins:

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