Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher – Dept. Surgery/Anaesthesia School of Medicine & Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics
Posted : 23 November 2021
Closes : 7 December 2021

12 months, Fixed-term, Whole-time Post at University College Cork

Position summary:

The position is a joint appointment to the Department of Surgery / Anaesthesia School of Medicine, College of Medicine and Health and the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics.

The appointee will work with a multidisciplinary team based at Cork University Hospital which aims to characterise medical student engagement with and learning related to mixed reality -based teaching of clinical skills.

Key responsibilities and duties will include:

• To participate in the identification and access of data related to anaesthesiology-based learning (in compliance with UCC and national guidelines/regulations).
• To carry out analysis of these data in order to characterise learning behaviours and predict performance in summative assessments.
• To provide advice on the development of a Learning Analytics capacity relevant to anaesthesiologists.

• To conduct and lead a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
• To secure competitive research funding for research proposals.
• To engage in appropriate and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College.
• To assume a role in the design as well as the execution of research, contributing significantly to the development of research proposals and funding successes.
• To support the Principal Investigator and research group in the design and development of a research programme.
• To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research, as directed by and with the support of and under the supervision of the Principal Investigator.
• To engage in the wider research activities of the Research Group and its collaborators within the discipline of learning analytics.
• To interact closely with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters, MD or a PhD and have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in
conjunction with the supervisor or supervision team.
• To conduct administrative and management work associated with the research project.
• To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.


• A PhD in data analytics or related discipline.
• Experience in conducting research as part of a multidisciplinary team.
• Extensive competence and experience in data analytics.
• Supervisory skills.
• Leadership potential.
• Experience of applying for and securing funding.
• Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

The following are highly desirable:
• Experience in developing predictive models.
• Experience of learning analytics.
• Experience of the application of data analytics to healthcare.

Post Duration: 12 months

Salary: €47,764 – €50,530 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Project Title: Employing mixed reality in clinical teaching of undergraduate health professional students – an evaluation of feasibility, usability and learning efficacy at UCC.

For an information package including further details of the post see

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor George Shorten , Tel: +353 (0)21 4922135; Email:

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title and project name.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Tuesday, 7 December 2021. No late applications will be accepted.

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

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Contact Person: Professor George Shorten
Contact Email :
Job ID : 050591
Close Date : 07-Dec-2021 12:00