Postdoctoral Researcher (Pharmacoepidemiology or Biostatistics)

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

Tenure: Specified Purpose Contract (3 years)

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

Reporting to: 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.


The research group of Dr Gráinne Cousins at the RCSI School of Pharmacy aims to generate evidence based standards for the quality of care in opioid substitution treatment, which will inform future policy decisions on initiatives to reduce the risk of mortality associated with opioid substitution treatment, and to provide a better understanding of progression pathways within addiction services. As part of a Health Research Board (HRB) funded Health Research Award we are searching for a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to lead on a national record-linkage study.


To perform record linkage and data analysis on the HRB-funded research program of Dr. Gráinne Cousins regarding opioid substitution treatment: mortality and progression pathways, and to oversee the delivery of this national record-linkage study.

Specifically the duties of the post will include

Position specification

  • Provide epidemiologic expertise and support in developing a national longitudinal cohort of patients attending specialist addiction outpatient services
  • Perform record linkage of multiple national databases, including national prescribing data and mortality data over a five year observation period
  • 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 in epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology, biostatistics or related subject is desirable
  • Proven ability to perform statistical analyses and good programming skills in Stata or SAS or equivalent
  • 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 5pm on Friday January 6th 2017.

Informal Enquiries can be directed, in advance of the above closing date, to Dr. Gráinne Cousins at

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