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Scoping Review to Inform the Development of a
Potential New Birth Cohort for Growing Up in Ireland

Post Title:

Research Assistant / Research Fellow (Post-Doctoral Researcher).

Post Status:

Specific Purpose Contract.


Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences and Philosophy.

Reports to:

Dr Yekaterina Chzhen, Department of Sociology


Trinity College Dublin, 3 College Green, Dublin 2.


Appointment will be made at Point 11-13 (€33,967- €35,922, pro rata) of the Research Assistant scale (for those without a PhD) or Point 1-2 (€38,632- €39,186, pro rata) of the Post-Doctoral Researcher scale (for those with a PhD) of the IUA Researcher Salary Scale

Closing date

12 noon, Friday, 16th July 2021 (Irish Time)

The successful applicant will be expected to take up post on September 1st or as soon thereafter as possible.

Post summary
The purpose of the post is to assist with a scoping review to inform the development of a potential new birth cohort for the Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) study. The review will build on the experience of GUI to date and will include the following, with specific reference to a set of key elements core to the development, design and implementation of birth cohort studies:

  • A review of international literature on longitudinal research design and experiences/practices in birth cohorts internationally.
  • A focused consultation with key stakeholders in relation to the content and purpose of a potential new birth cohort study 
  • The identification of options for the design and implementation of a potential new birth cohort study - drawing on all of the above.

The study is funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) and conducted in collaboration with University College Dublin.

Informal queries: please contact Dr Yekaterina (Kat) Chzhen (Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, TCD;

Person specification


  • Masters (for Research Assistant) or PhD (for Post-Doctoral Researcher) in Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Education or related discipline.


  • Experience of secondary analysis of data from large-scale nationally representative household surveys (preferably longitudinal surveys);
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills using English language;
  • Good organisational skills and ability to engage in interdisciplinary team work;
  • Interpersonal and relational skills.

Application procedure

Applicants should submit the following documentation via email to Dr Kat Chzhen (  indicating  “Scoping review researcher application” in the subject line:

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


School of Social Sciences and Philosophy

The School of Social Sciences and Philosophy was formed in 2005 and comprises the Departments of Economics, Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology. With over 45 full-time academic staff, the School has an international reputation in research and is committed to the dissemination of its knowledge and expertise to the benefit of the wider community. The School is home to the unique undergraduate degree in PPES (Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Sociology). It also contributes to undergraduate degrees in Economic and Social Studies (this includes Business, Political Science and Sociology), Philosophy, History and Political Science, Law and Political Science, Political Science and Geography, Sociology and Social Policy, European Studies and to the TSM (Two Subject Moderatorship) programmes in Economics, Philosophy and Sociology. Over 100 graduate students are conducting research across the four disciplines.




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