JOB TITLE : Research Coordinator DEPARTMENT : Research REPORTING TO : Research Manager HOURS OF WORK : Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week CONTRACT TYPE : Fixed Term Contract (1 year)
To implement the Society’s research funding calls and to assist in the management of on-going grants, specifically those relating to social science research encompassing prevention, early detection, and survivorship.
To support all activities relating to on-going grants and work with individual researchers, project managers and research-
performing organisations on a day-to-day basis. To work with the Research Manager and Head of Research to provide input to Research Department policies, strategy and planning for enhancing cancer research capability in Ireland.
MAIN DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES Research Programmes ( focus on but not limited to social science )
Ensure efficient management of on-going research programmes (pre- and post-award stages).
Pre-award management : Work with the Research Team to agree key actions and deadlines for new initiatives.Interact with other agencies on joint funding arrangements and new initiatives.
Prepare call documentation.Compile FAQs and respond to all queries from applicants and host institutions.Take the lead in identifying and securing appropriate peer reviewers.
Coordinate the review of applications by grant review committee members including coordinating review teleconferences and interviews.
Post-award management : Ensure all grant records are up-to-date and stored in an appropriate manner.Oversee award acceptance documentation and related queries.
Process and implement requests for budget variation / reallocation to existing contracts.Develop strategies to continuously improve the quality of grant management and monitoring and ensure best-
practice in award governance processes and procedures.
Review of scientific and financial reports for individual grants
Contribute to the development of new research programmes.
Provide external communication (e.g. webinars) of the Society’s programmes and calls.
Operational ( focus on but not limited to social science )
Work with our funded researchers on improving written communication skills, particularly in relation to release of findings to the public.
Work alongside the Research Manager in coordinating research talks, workshops and outreach events.
Assist the Research team in identifying relevant meetings, articles of interest and other funding opportunities of interest for inclusion in Research Updates and any other communications.
Department Communications ( focus on but not limited to social science )
Respond to research related queries from the public.
Represent the Research Department at internal and external meetings and inform the Research Manager and others in the Society as required of the outcomes and actions arising from these meetings.
Develop and maintain working relationships with funded researchers, key members of the cancer research community and other relevant stakeholders.
Work with the Communications team on relevant material e.g. Press releases, web updates etc.
The Irish Cancer Society operates a no-smoking policy and the post holder must not smoke on the premises or when on Society business outside the office.
All employees are required to be aware of their responsibilities towards health and safety and to adhere to fire regulations.
This job description is not exhaustive. It merely acts as a guide and may be amended to meet the changing requirements of the Society at any time after discussion with the post holder.
QUALIFICATIONS / EXPERIENCE
A PhD in a relevant discipline (for example psychology, psychiatry, nursing, allied health, physiotherapy, epidemiology, public health, applied social research) is essential.
Good knowledge of the research environment including funding procedures and university structures.
Experience of working on research projects involving direct participant / patient contact is required. E.g. patient intervention studies etc.
Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary research team is desirable.
Experience in a similar role is desirable.
Excellent writing and editing skills, ability to draft and edit reports.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Ability to collaborate with other teams.
High level of organisational ability, accuracy and attention to detail.
Ability to make decisions using good judgement and reasoning.
Ability to deliver to deadlines.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Highest degree of integrity and confidentiality at all times.
Flexible approach with the ability to work in a methodical and organised fashion.
Computer literate including use of databases and Microsoft Office suite.