Research Assistant

The research laboratory of Dr. Claire Gillan ( at Trinity College Dublin seeks a research assistant to take a lead role in an ambitious research project in the area of mental health. Funded by a grant from MQ – transforming mental health (, the internet-based project aims to develop a tool that can help clinicians assign treatments more effectively for sufferers of mental health conditions.

The successful applicant will manage the day to day running of this research project. Because this study is large in scale, it involves internet-based recruitment and advertising (e.g. focused advertising on Facebook, Twitter, Google Ads, etc), in addition to recruitment via print and other online media outlets. As such, experience working in marketing/public relations is highly coveted, as are excellent writing skills, and experience in science, psychology or health.

In addition to marketing and outreach, the research assistant will have responsibility for data collection, storing and summarising data, and day-to-day research operations (e.g. remunerating subjects, data-entry). Prior experience working with datasets (e.g. spreadsheets) and intermediate IT skills would be desirable, though not essential.

Standard duties and Responsibilities of the Post

  • Recruiting subjects for a research study (esp. targeted online advertising)
  • Science communication (media outreach)
  • Data collection, management, storage
  • Data entry/integration
  • Summarizing research data, preparing reports
  • Continuous engagement with key study collaborators (e.g. pharmacists, GPs that aid our research)
  • Continuous engagement with study participants, study monitoring, quality control
  • General research duties (remunerating subjects, etc).


  • A bachelor’s degree in marketing, public relations, psychology or a related field (Essential).

Skills, Competencies, & Experience

  • Practical industry experience in online marketing / public relations (Essential)
  • A strong working knowledge (or formal background) in science, psychology, medicine, or health (Essential)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, preferably experience in health/scientific writing (Essential)
  • Intermediate-level experience in IT, specifically working with large datasets and basic website management (Essential)
  • Prior experience working with vulnerable populations (e.g. individuals suffering from mental health problems) (Desirable)
  • Experience managing large research projects (Desirable)
  • Data analysis skills, Excel, SPSS (desirable)
  • Excellent organizational skills and professionalism (Essential)

Contact Claire ( to apply with a cover letter and a copy of your CV. Applicants close on January 11th 2019 and following a brief interview process, the successful candidate will take up the post immediately.