Research Assistant, School of Public Health, UCC


11 Month, Fixed-Term, Whole-time Post


Position Summary

Applications are invited from highly motivated and suitably qualified candidates for a 11-month whole-time Research Assistant post in the Food Policy Research Team, Centre for Health and Diet Research in the School of Public Health, UCC. The HRB Centre for Health and Diet Research provides a national focal point for public health nutrition research in the Republic of Ireland. The mission of the centre is to develop a sustainable national inter-institutional and interagency consortium, focused on promoting the health and wellbeing of the Irish population by producing and effectively disseminating high-quality evidence to guide practice and policy in the area of public health nutrition.


The successful candidate will perform, coordinate and support research activities as part of the WEALTH project team (  Specifically the successful candidate will work with colleagues in University of Limerick to conduct the fieldwork as part of work package 2 which will involve collection of data using accelerometer devices, wearables and EMA.  The candidate will be based in Limerick where the fieldwork will be conducted.


Day-to-day activities include but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating participant recruitment and data collection
  • Working with the local research team to coordinate and schedule data collection, and to ensure research participants are comfortable and fully informed of the research requirements of the study.
  • Performing data analyses, interpreting results and presenting those data
  • Contributing to scientific manuscripts, reports, and presentations
  • Identifying opportunities for knowledge exchange and dissemination to diverse audiences


The successful candidate will work closely with Professor Alan Donnelly, University of Limerick and Dr Janas Harrington, UCC.


Applicants should hold at min a BSc in Public Health, Exercise science or a related discipline. Experience in physical activity assessment and a knowledge and understanding of the challenges related to data collection would be desirable. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out research using a variety of methods and so should be proficient in collecting and analysing quantitative data. Candidates must demonstrate strong organizational, planning, oral and written communication skills. The successful applicant must be a self-starter who is comfortable taking initiative.


Project Title: Wearable Sensor Assessment of Physical and Eating Behaviours


Post Duration: 11 months


Salary: €29,275 – €39,158 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)


For an information package including further details of the post see


Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr Janas Harrington, School of Public Health Tel: + 353 (0) 21 4205505; 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 Friday, 28 April 2023. No late applications will be accepted.

Further information available at:

University College Cork Vacancies (

Reference number: 066451.