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Research Programme Manager - RCSI Simulation

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    RCSI - Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
    Biological sciences
    Educational sciences
    Medical sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    03/03/2019 23:00 - Europe/London
    Ireland › Dublin

Title: Research Programme Manager

Department: RCSI Centre for Simulation Education and Research

Tenure: 12 month FTC with possibility for extension

Location: 123 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2

Reporting to: Chair of Simulation or nominee

About RCSI

RCSI has been at the forefront of educating healthcare professionals since 1784 when we were founded as the national training and professional body for surgery. Today we are Ireland’s only focused health sciences institution, Ireland’s largest medical school and one of the leading health sciences institutions in the world.

Based in Dublin, with students from over 60 countries and four overseas campuses, RCSI has a global reach through our network of alumni in 97 countries. RCSI is ranked among the top 250 (2%) universities worldwide in the recently released 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, and is the second highest ranked institution in Ireland.

RCSI is now establishing a national Centre for Simulation Education and Research in Ireland. This high profile centre will provide ever-growing evidence for the effectiveness and feasibility of simulation-based training for the benefit of Higher Education Institutions in Ireland, with initial funding secured from the HEA under the ‘Innovation and Transformation’ funding allocation.   The Centre will oversee current education and planned research activities in simulation.  The recruitment of an international leader in simulation as the first head of Centre and Chair of Simulation is underway. Three research positions will be available from later in 2019 as a start-up for the Centre. We now wish to appoint an experienced Programme Manager to support the Chair of Simulation in developing and managing a programme of research and innovation in this field, with an initial focus on the important set-up phase of the programme.

Specifically, the duties of the post are:

Research programme management and administration:

  • Co-ordinate and prepare the timely submission of required reports and to the HEA as funding agency
  • Be the main point of contact for the Centre for funding bodies
  • Project manage the Centre’s projects in terms of proposal writing, management of data collection and analysis, report writing and budget tracking
  • Manage the administration in relation to research students attached to the Centre at MSc and PhD level
  • Establish process to monitor relevant research initiatives, trends and industry shifts in order to maintain Centre relevance to HEIs and Industry

Stakeholder engagement:

  • Act as the Centre’s point-of-contact for key external stakeholders including new collaborators and governmental agencies
  • In liaison with the RCSI Communications team, prepare marketing material to showcase the Centre and associated expertise, equipment, infrastructure, and funding opportunities available
  • Plan and manage, in conjunction with RCSI events team, events to showcase the Centre’s facilities and expertise

Strategy development and implementation:

  • Support the Chair to develop and execute strategic initiatives to ensure the Centre’s growth and long-term sustainability
  • Ensure that the activities of the Centre are optimised to promote the Centre’s reputation and that of RCSI and Irish higher education and research
  • Execute a strategy to grow engagement from education and training bodies across disciplines in alignment with the overall objectives of the Centre
  • Commence development of a pipeline of potential partners to further the objectives of the Centre
  • Work closely with Principal Investigators from across the institution to identify, scope and secure funding for collaborative and fully funded projects, aligned to the Centre’s strategy, with suitable national and international collaborators
  • Work closely with Principal Investigators from across the institution to identify, scope and secure funding for collaborative and fully funded projects, aligned to the Centre’s strategy, with suitable national and international collaborators
  • Align to Office of Research and Innovation’s grant applications and industry engagement


  • Work in close collaboration with RCSI’s existing experienced team including Director of Simulation, Operations Manager, technical and administrative staff to ensure optimal integration of the Programme with RCSI’s existing provision of educational programmes through simulation
  • Establish an effective communication network internally and externally to enable an efficient and effective management of Centre activities
  • Complying with statutory legislation, RCSI and department rules and requirements in furtherance of your own and general staff welfare and safety
  • Representing the best interests of RCSI/Centre for Simulation for Education and Research at all times
  • Undergoing programmes of training and development as may be required from time to time
  • Performing such other duties as may be requested from time to time



Offer Requirements

    Educational sciences: Master Degree or equivalent



  • Masters level qualification in health sciences,  education / research management or other relevant discipline is desirable  

Knowledge & Experience – (Essential):

  • Experience of managing complex programmes, or programmes of similar type and scale
  • Experience of working with external partners
  • Proven ability to manage, collate and assimilate large amounts of data
  • Proven ability to develop and implement project plans with agree timelines
  • Experience in liaising with key project stakeholders and ensuring they are fully informed of project progress through presentations, reports etc. 

Skills & Competencies:

  • Communication Skills: Proven ability to communicate complex ideas clearly in writing and verbally
  • Project Management Skills: Ability to ensure that project plans are communicated and that all timelines are met
  • Self-starter with the ability to work as part of a team: co-operative and patient; shares work and information; establishes rapport, can influence and develop effective networks
  • Customer Focus: Have strong customer service skills. Be able to communicate with a high level of initiative, tact, diplomacy and confidentiality
  • I.T. skills:  Knowledge of MS Office suite and high level research database experience
  • Conscientious and Motivated: Displays a ‘can-do’ attitude with a pro-active approach to work, anticipating and resolving problems in advance; have keen attention to detail - from anticipating and addressing issues in advance to understanding requests and delivering quality work with minimal errors
  • Flexibility: Can operate flexibly within a busy environment; can shift focus when required

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
RCSI - Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
121/122 St. Stephen's Green

EURAXESS offer ID: 381585


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