Research Officer



The National Children’s Research Centre (NCRC) is the primary paediatric research institute in Ireland, with a state of the art research laboratory and Children’s Clinical Research Unit at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. The NCRC funds research into childhood disease and has a national and international reputation for the high quality of the research it conducts and funds. The NCRC is funded by the CMRF Crumlin.

Role Summary

To implement the NCRC’s research funding calls, to assist in the management of on-going grants, accurately communicate the impact of NCRC research and implement policies to promote Patient and Public Involvement in NCRC supported research.

To work with the Research and Operations Manager and the Research Grants Manager to provide input to NCRC research policies, strategy and planning to ensure the quality, efficiency and rigor of the research grant awarding process.


Job Description:

Title:Research Officer
Location:National Children’s Research Centre, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin 12
Reporting to:Research and Operations Manager

Key Duties and Responsibilities may include:

Pre-award management

  • Prepare call documentation.
  • Compile FAQs and respond to all queries from applicants and host institutions.
  • Coordinate the international peer review process.
  • Liaise with other agencies on joint funding arrangements and new initiatives.
  • Assist in the transfer of existing awards to our on-line grant management system.

Post-award management

  • Manage end of year and end of grant reporting.
  • Ensure that all jointly funded grants meet all grant obligations and reporting deadlines.
  • Monitor grants in terms of key performance indicators, outputs and impacts.
  • Update and maintain our databases of researchers, projects and international peer reviewers.
  • Maintain our on-line grants management software system.
  • Liaising closely with HR, Finance and Laboratory staff to ensure smooth administration of grant awards.


  • Inform professional and public audiences about our work.
  • Assist in the organisation of research events.
  • Assist in communications training and support for researchers.
  • Promote the NCRC at professional conference and Children’s Medical Research Foundation events.
  • Assist in the maintenance of our website.
  • Assist in translating NCRC supported scientific publications for use by fundraising, in press-releases, our website, and other public forums.
  • Respond to research related queries from our funders, the Children’s Medical Research Foundation.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with funded researchers, key members of the paediatric research community and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Work with the research team to implement the NCRC PPI strategy, including embedding PPI into our organisation structure, professional and public communications and our funding process.



  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to engage comfortably with management, Principal Investigators and staff at all levels.
  • Proven academic record with a PhD in a Biomedical, Health related or Psycho-social field, preferably related to the research priorities of the NCRC.
  • Published (first or last author) in peer reviewed journals.
  • Experience in grant writing.
  • Experience giving high quality oral presentations to scientific and public audiences.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong IT skills.
  • Project management skills.


  • 1-2 years’ experience in a research-funding organisation.
  • Experience in grant review processes.

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