Research Assistant, Centre for Disability Law and Policy

Aug 13 2019 Posted: 10:40 IST

Research Assistant, Centre for Disability Law and Policy

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a part-time (60%) fixed term position as a Research Assistant with the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the National University of Ireland, Galway. This position is available from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020 and may be renewed depending on funding.

The Centre for Disability Law and Policy was established in 2008 and is part of the School of Law, and the newly-founded Institute for Lifecourse and Society at the National University of Ireland, Galway. It is dedicated to producing research that informs debate on national and international disability law reform.

Employment permit restrictions apply for this category of post.

NB: Gárda clearance is a requirement for this post

Salary: €22,110 - €34,612 per annum pro-rata - for part time contracts  (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply)                    

Start date: 1st September 2019.

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To Apply:

Queries about the post should be directed to the Principal Investigator, Professor Eilionóir Flynn

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in Word or PDF only) to Joanna Forde,
Please put reference number NUIG 160-19 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm Friday 16th August 2019 

Please note interviews will take place w/b 26th August.

National University of Ireland Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

Job Description:

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will provide research support to the Centre Director and Deputy Director on key research projects. These include the following

  • Disability/Visibility, funded by the Irish Research Council and Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (including conference on 3 September 2019)
  • Disability and Human Rights Monitoring, CDLP Winter School, December 2019
  • Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act Training Course, September 2019 and April 2020

The Research Assistant will be also expected to contribute to the broader ongoing research mission of the Centre, including by providing research support for various legislative and policy submissions or amicus briefs at national, European and international levels.


  • Support the Director to review and organize research paper abstracts for the Disability/Visibility network into thematic groups of relevance to IHREC’s mandate
  • Prepare a comprehensive overview of submissions received to the Disability/Visibility network regarding the future of disability research on the island of Ireland
  • Develop, under the supervision of the Director, a report for submission to IHREC on the research outputs of the Disability/Visibility network and support the co-ordination of submissions for a special issue arising from the September conference.
  • Prepare a series of case studies and updates to the lists of resources and materials used in the delivery of the Centre’s bi-annual Assisted Decision-Making Capacity Act training courses.
  • Assist in the delivery of research-led training and interactive group work exercises during the Centre’s bi-annual Assisted Decision-Making Capacity Act training courses.
  • Prepare research and training materials for the Centre’s first inaugural Winter School on Disability and Human Rights monitoring, liaise with participants and invited speakers on their contributions, support with travel and accommodation arrangements and identify and make arrangements to meet all logistical and accessibility needs.
  • Manage and contribute to the Centre website.
  • Contribute to ongoing research projects in the Centre.
  • Collaborate with other members of the research team to complete legislative and policy submissions on behalf of the Centre.
  • Assist the Director, Deputy Director and the Business Manager of the Centre in preparing funding proposals.


The ideal candidate should have a proven track record in a research environment and strong disability law and policy experience is essential. Applicants must have a primary degree, ideally a Masters degree, in law, social policy or an area relevant to disability or reproductive justice.

Candidates should have excellent communication and organisational skills; be highly motivated and passionate about disability and reproductive justice; and have strong documentation, oral and interpersonal skills, sensitive to disability and mental health issues.

Essential Requirements:

  • Holds a primary degree, ideally a Masters degree, in law, social policy or an area relevant to disability or reproductive justice
  • A minimum of one year’s research experience
  • Experience of event organization and management
  • Experience of research support tasks such as maintaining files following events, analysing feedback and writing reports and maintaining databases.
  • Experience in maintaining websites and social media accounts
  • Excellent and proven ability to work collaboratively within a team.
  • Excellent and proven ability to work independently and use initiative. Fluency in oral and written English.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure. Experience of collaborating and co-ordinating with other members of a research team.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.