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Post-Doctoral Researcher

Centre for Policy Studies

Post-Doctoral Researcher in Economics

4.5 Years, Fixed-Term, Whole-time Post

Applications are invited for the post of Researcher in Economics at the Centre for Policy Studies, College of Business and Law, UCC.

The Centre for Policy Studies is an academic unit in the College of Business and Law. The Centre for Policy Studies is committed to a dynamic intellectual community with the highest possible standards of teaching, learning and research. The Centre has a highly successful record in attracting funded research influencing policy, including the internationally successful EU Horizon 2020 project, ADVOCATE, and several HRB grant successes at country level.

Role Summary:

The researcher will have a background in economics, public health, or an associated related discipline. The post-holder will work in conjunction with the project leads and stakeholders. The role will involve the implementing of the objectives of the project which include the development of both an evidence synthesis of the key determinants of oral health and a multi-country dynamics model for workforce planning.

The Project:

The project PRUDENT (Prioritization, incentives and Resource use for sUstainable DENTistry) is a follow-up study to the highly successful Horizon 2020 project ADVOCATE (Added Value for Oral Care. PRUDENT is a collaboration with partners from Germany, Denmark, England, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Malta, Norway and Portugal. The total project budget is 5.3 million euros. The project will run from 2023 to 2027. UCC’s role in the project is to implement Work Package 5 of PRUDENT which includes the following key objectives:

  • Identify the impacts of key relevant determinants of oral care needs;
  • Develop a multi-country system dynamics model for needs-adaptive oral health resources & workforce planning;
  • Deploy a digital decision aid tool for policy and decision makers in oral health resource & workforce planning.

Key duties and responsibilities of Researcher in conjunction with partners:

The researcher will work closely with the project lead and the Principal investigator and will assume the following responsibilities:

  • Develop a study protocol and liaise with ethics committee;
  • Carry out a systematic review guided by established methods;
  • Identification of the oral health needs of the population;
  • Determine the interventions that address the needs of the population most cost-effectively;
  • Build a system dynamics model for needs adaptive & cost-efficient oral health resource and workforce planning;
  • Develop a digital decision aid tool for workforce/resource planning in conjunction with Radboud University.

Essential Skills/Criteria:

  • A qualification (or equivalent experience) in economics, public health, statistics, or an associated related discipline.  
  • Experience in implementation research in health or a related area.
  • Experience of working as part of a team, with strong organisational and time management skills to support a team in working to deadlines.
  • Capacity to multitask and work closely with project leads and on one’s own initiative.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Scientific writing skills with the ability to write for various audiences.
  • Contribute to peer revied publications.
  • Liaise with key stakeholders in the WHO and EU and ensure project deliverables are met.


Salary will be in accordance with the IUA Researcher Salary Guidelines, Post-Doctoral Researcher PD1, Point 1, €41,207 gross (IUA PD1 Salary Scale) per annum. The appointment will initially be for a period of 12 months with the prospect of prolongation of the term of employment subject to review.

For informal enquiries on the post, candidates should contact:

Dr Noel Woods, Director, Centre for Policy Studies, Ireland PI PRUDENT.


To Apply:

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 14 April 2023.

No late applications will be accepted.


Centre for Policy Studies

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