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January 2021

The Foundations’ project, based in the Centre for Health Policy and Management in Trinity College Dublin is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic researcher in health systems and policy analysis for a ten-month position. The successful applicant will join a research group active in health systems and policy research in Ireland and internationally and specifically will be working on the Health Research Board Applied Partnership Award project entitled ‘Health system foundations for Sláintecare implementation in 2020 and beyond’. More details on the research project are in the protocol published on HRB Open.

The post offers exposure to multiple key aspects of health systems and policy research under expert supervision and is a strong practical grounding for a career in this field. Funding is available for ten months and may lead to other opportunities in health systems and policy research. This role will involve working closely with the project lead (Dr Sara Burke) and academic team, the project partners (the Sláintecare Implementation Office and the HSE) carrying out key research functions including literature reviews (rapid reviews), data collection, critical appraisal and evidence synthesis, carrying out case studies and health systems and policy analysis. Excellent research skills as well as good knowledge translation skills are required.

Candidates must hold a post-graduate qualification in a relevant field. The ideal candidate will be a skilled post-graduate researcher and or hold a doctorate, with experience in applied health systems and policy research.

Knowledge & Experience


  • Post-graduate qualification
  • Experience in health services, policy and or systems research
  • Excellent qualitative research and knowledge translation skills
  • Ability to work in a complex, dynamic environment


  • Doctoral degree
  • Previous research in a relevant discipline
  • Experience working as a researcher in health services, health systems and or policy research
  • Experience working with quantitative data
  • Demonstrable research interests within the project remit
  • Experience working with systematic review management software, e.g. Covidence, EndNote

Applications are encouraged from a broad range of backgrounds and interests relating to health services research (e.g. social and political science, health professional, public health, social policy, economics, psychology). The salary rate is dependent on experience and education. We are looking for someone who can start relatively quickly. To submit an application please send a cover letter and CV to Dr Sara Burke at by 7 February 2021. Any queries please email

November 2020

The Centre is delighted to announce that we are hiring an Assistant Professor in Health Policy and Management. The post is approximately five years to provide backfill for Prof Steve Thomas while he is the Principal Investigator of his Research Leader Award, RESTORE. This will be an important position within the Centre for Health Policy and Management. The successful candidate will be an excellent academic from any field of health policy, health economics, health management or related social science discipline. They will have a strong record in post-graduate teaching, including postgraduate supervision and a good track record in research, including high quality publications. They will also have experience of translating high quality research into policy at the national level and evidence of good contacts with the Irish health system. Further he or she will have a proven ability for effective strategic leadership.

Application deadline is 10 December 2020 at noon Irish Standard Time.

Full job description is available here

To apply, go to the TCD jobs portal at

October 2020

We are recruiting for a post-doctoral research fellow in the position of Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning (ADTL) on the highly successful HRB SPHeRE PhD Programme ( It is a two year post, part time at 0.6 WTE with possibilities for further research. SPHERE is an exciting and dynamic programme for public health and health services research capacity building, networking and PhD training. This is also an excellent opportunity to join an expanding and influential team in the Centre for Health Policy and Management in Trinity.

The ADTL works on the development of the taught component of the programme, particularly in its ‘year one’ phase. This includes continuous academic review, monitoring progress on eLearning and playing a vital role in the development of a peer-learning culture across the programme. The role also requires contributing to teaching and co-supervision.  

Candidates should submit a cover letter together with a full CV including 3 referees to Sheena Cleary, TCD SPHeRE Administrator/SEO Centre for Health Policy and Management, Deadline is Friday 23rd October at 12 noon.

September 2020

The Centre for Health Policy and Management are delighted to announce an exciting opportunity to be part of an international research team.  The RESTORE project (Towards Dynamic Resilience in Health System Performance and Reform) under the leadership of Prof Steve Thomas, Trinity College Dublin is exploring the tensions between shocks, health system resilience and the achievement of health reform. It is a five year Research Leader Award funded by the HRB starting November 2020.

We are looking to fill the following posts:

Post-doc Researcher
This is a full-time five year post for an experienced researcher in health policy and systems. The appropriate candidate will have excellent qualitative analysis and writing skills with a track record of peer-reviewed publications. Their main technical area of contribution will be realist reviews and qualitative analysis associated with interviews of policy makers and analysis of policy documents.

This is a full-time four year post for a skilled quantitative researcher. The candidate will have a good Masters degree with evidence of good statistical and quantitative analysis skills. They will initially be responsible for the quantitative data collection, synthesis and analysis with the PI in relation to health system resilience. Appointments will be made on the IUA researcher salary scales at a point in line with government pay policy.

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Interested applicants are asked to provide CVs plus a covering letter by 10th September 2020.