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Post Title:

Research Fellow, ‘Transformation in Learning and Training,’ Department of Sociology

Post Status:

6 months

Starting Date:

Between May 31st and November 30th, 2021 (6 months)


Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences and Philosophy

Reports to:

Anne Holohan, Department of Sociology


Trinity College Dublin (Dublin, Ireland)


Postdoctoral/Research Fellow IUA scale

Closing Date:

12noon May 14th, 2021 (Irish time)


The Department of Sociology (and ADAPT Centre) at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) seeks to appoint an outstanding, enthusiastic, and highly motivated Postdoctoral candidate to join the interdisciplinary Start Up team on the project Transformation in Learning and Training (TILT).

TILT is funded by an Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund and is developing a role-playing digital games-based training platform to address unconscious and systemic bias, particularly around gender and race/ethnicity, in public and private organizations. 

TILT addresses both individual and systemic bias by delivering the wealth of knowledge in the social sciences in understanding, and addressing, the links between both types of bias, through accessible curricula, immersive role-play in online video game scenarios, with decision tree learning.

More details are at:

Candidates with a strong interest in gender, race and ethnicity, and organizational change, or related fields, and curriculum development/training, and strong qualitative research skills are particularly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will work on developing a curriculum and role-playing scenarios for addressing unconscious and systemic bias in organizations.  The candidate will conduct state-of-the-art research and in-depth interviews with relevant personnel and work with the PI and the team on developing learning objectives, syllabi and game scenarios addressing gender and racial biases in public and private organizations, including universities and police forces.

Person Specification


  • PhD in Sociology, Psychology, Education or related discipline;
  • Evidence of strong training and experience in qualitative methods.
  • Substantive expertise in gender and/or race and ethnicity, and curriculum development.

Expected Skills

  • An analytical, independent and systematic approach to research;
  • Ability to adopt an interdisciplinary approach;
  • High-level training in advanced social science methodologies;
  • Advanced skills in qualitative data analysis and management;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills using English language;
  • Good organisational skills and ability to engage in interdisciplinary team work;
  • Interpersonal and relational skills;
  • Interest in digital gaming.

Desirable Skills

  • Working knowledge of online training techniques;
  • Curriculum development;
  • Interest in gaming;
  • Interest in creative writing.


Application Procedure

Application deadline: 14th of May, 2021, 12noon (Irish time)

Informal enquiries: contact Dr Anne Holohan (Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, TCD;

Interviews: online interviews will take place on May 20th and 21st, 2021 (shortlisted candidates will be contacted shortly after the application’s deadline). 

Candidates should submit the following documentation via email to the address indicating exactly “Postdoctoral Position in TILT” in the subject line:

  1. A motivation letter clearly indicating how the applicant’s profile and skills fit the requirements of this postdoctoral position  (max. 2 pages);
  2. A full curriculum vitae;
  3. Names, affiliation, and contact details of 2 referees (with their email addresses included).