Research Project Officer Position, UCD Conway Institute

Closing Date Friday 12th January


are currently seeking a Research Project Officer in UCD for up to one year

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BREAST-PREDICT invites applications for a Research Project Officer position, closing date January 12th 2018.

The post holder will be responsible for co-ordinating and supporting the diverse activities of
the Irish Cancer Society Collaborative Cancer Research Centre, BREAST-PREDICT, and will provide support to the Director and Management Board in carrying out their duties. BREAST-PREDICT is the first Irish Cancer Society Collaborative Cancer Research Centre. A key measure of success of this Collaborative Cancer Research Centre, is the generation of high-impact research outputs, and the ability to leverage large scale additional funding. To that end, the post holder will develop communication and outreach initiatives within the BREAST-PREDICT centre, in order to promote key outputs emerging from the Centre to a variety of audiences. Importantly, he/she will be involved in managing the Centre budget and implementing a sustainability strategy for the Centre, to secure its future beyond the current October 2018 time-frame.

The post holder will also be responsible for supporting the activities of the Director of the Conway Institute, in the day-to-day business of the Institute, and ensuring its future as a centre of research excellence nationally & internationally.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

In relation to BREAST-PREDICT:
 Prepare scientific and financial annual reports
 Organise project-level meetings.
 Provide support to subcommittees as needed.
 Maintain a dedicated website.
 Liaise with the UCD Research Office and participating institutions.
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 Manage and facilitate internal/external communications.
 Co-ordinate external communications through the relevant channels, including
social media, website, newsletters and press releases of major findings.
 Organise regular seminars and workshops.
 Co-ordinate outreach activities aimed at highlighting ongoing developments in
breast cancer personalised medicine to promote public awareness and patient
 Monitor the research activities of groups, track metrics and promote collaboration.
 Oversee research budgeting and financial planning for the Centre.
 Engage actively with external stakeholders & funding agencies to leverage additional
large scale funding for The Centre.
 Develop and implement a sustainability & feasibility strategy to ensure the future of
the BREAST-PREDICT centre.

In relation to the Conway Institute:
 Work closely with the Conway Director in the development of strategic research
initiatives and in monitoring performance
 Engage actively in initiatives to successfully attract research funding and aid in the
bid of additional large-scale grants or Horizon 2020/industrial funding.
 Work closely with the Conway communications team to promote and market the
Conway as a world-class research Institution.
 Manage additional grants or projects as may be reasonably requested
 Engage in appropriate training programmes.
 Maintain the highest professional standards.
 Undertake other such duties as may be reasonably requested, commensurate with
the nature and grade of the post.

Selection Criteria

 2-3 years experience in biomedical or life sciences research
 Previous experience in managing research projects
 Excellent written communication skills – experience in writing publications and
successful grant proposals would be advantageous
 Good administrative and interpersonal skills, excellent attention to detail required
 Excellent oral communication skills, with the ability to present scientific ideas to a
variety of audiences
 Proficient in Microsoft Office, and generally computer-literate
 Excellent organisational and time management skills
 Experience in managing budgets and preparing financial and scientific reports
 Excellent written communication skills – experience in driving successful grant
proposals to completion.
 Good administrative, organisational and time management skills.
 Experience in managing budgets and preparing financial and scientific reports.
 Proficient in Microsoft Office, Adobe Illustrator and Endnote, and generally

 MSc or PhD qualification would be an advantage
 Knowledge in the area of breast cancer research
 Previous experience in website design and maintenance
 Experience in organising conferences and workshops
 Knowledge in the area of IP and commercialisation of research outputs

Salary: €34,000 – €39,000 per annum
Appointment on the above range will be dependent on qualifications and experience

Closing Date: 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) 12th January 2018

Please apply via the UCD website at Position Ref 009949