Part-Time Research Assistant

Part-time Research Assistant  -  Centre for Policy Studies


Project Title:

National and Regional Projections of GMS Community Drug Costs in Ireland to 2026: An Integrated Model for Analysing Policy Choices.


Position Summary

The Centre for Policy Studies is an Academic Unit created in 2002 by University College Cork to undertake teaching and research. It has a team of 5 academic staff (including a Director), a full-time administrator and several researchers and teaching assistants.  The Centre undertakes significant commissioned research, directed at improving policy in the commercial and public spheres. The Centre has an active policy-driven research program in the fields of industrial policy, tourism, social policy and health economics. It has research collaborations both within UCC (with the Departments of Geography, Applied Social Studies, Statistics and with the Oral Health Services Research Centre) and externally (Florida Atlantic University, Economic and Social Research Institute, National Tourism Research Centre, University of Limerick and  Research Unit, University of Cardiff).

Research Assistant (50% Full-Time Hours)

This title will apply to a person of appropriate qualifications e.g., MA, MSc, employed on a contract for the purpose of assisting in the performance of research in the Centre for Policy Studies.  The Research Assistant/Data Manager will work under the direction of the Principal Investigator on a Health Research Board funded project that aims to:  identify and quantify the sources of cost variation in GMS drug costs in Ireland; project the implications of demographic projections for GMS costs; identify the effects differing regional health profiles have on regional GMS costs; identify regional variations in prescribing frequency and unit costs and simulate the effects of proposed policy scenarios.

Key Duties and responsibilities

  • To work under the direction of the Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • To provide assistance in conducting research activities, including data management/sourcing, organizing, conducting, and communicating research studies within the overall scope of a research project.
  • To coordinate and perform a variety of independent and team activities involved in the collection, analysis, documentation and some interpretation of information/results.
  • To present information on research progress and outcomes to others responsible for the research project.
  • To provide guidance as required to any support staff and/or research students assisting with the research project, as agreed with the Principal Investigator/Grant holder.
  • Ideally to contribute to the publication of findings.
  • To confer with the Principal Investigator in developing plans for research projects and to discuss the interpretation of results and the preparation of manuscripts for publication. 
  • To perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.


  • A postgraduate qualification in Economics, Health Economics, Pharmacoeconomics, i.e. MA or MSc. 
  • Research experience is desirable.
  • Good report writing and presentation skills
  • Previous data management experience and practices are desired.
  • Good analytical skills and computer skills.
  • An ability to work independently to a tight schedule.
  • Capability of working effectively within a team to achieve results.
  • Evidence of excellent organisational and communication skills.
  • High levels of initiative are encouraged.


To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to Dr Noel Woods, Principal Investigator, email:  Ph: 021 4902578, on or before the closing date - 8th February, 2013.


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