Solas Research Assistant – Job Description

Title: Research Assistant                            

Reporting to: Project Steering Group (including SOLAS Cancer Support Centre and The School of Health Sciences, South East Technological University, Waterford).


Project funded: The National Cancer Control Programme 2021

Project title: Dance Exercise Intervention for Cancer Survivors Evaluation (DEISE)

The Research assistant will support the South East Technological University, Waterford Research Team for the duration of the contract.

Key Responsibilities:

Taking direction from SETU Research Team and DEISE Steering Group

Assist the Research Team in all project related activities

Collect data for the study

Support data management and analysis systems

Maintain accurate records of all data, safeguarding confidentiality

Provide regular reports to the Project Steering Group

Assist in the writing up of reports/ academic papers


Academic Qualifications


Relevant 3rd level Health related degree/ Community development / Exercise and health promotion / Nursing or equivalent.


Post Graduate degree Health Related / Community development / Exercise and health promotion / Nursing or equivalent.

Experience of implementing a range of research methodology.

Professional Qualifications

Essential: Not required

Desirable: Health related qualification


Essential: Research project experience; Experience working in health/social care setting

Desirable: Experience of working in cancer treatment or rehabilitation settings.

Specific knowledge and skills


NVivo/ SPSS and mixed data management or equivalent research software package.

Appropriate desk-top research skills.


Experience of carrying out evaluation research.

Experience of outcome measurement and evaluation.

Report compilation skills.

Ability to carry out semi structured interviews.

Experience of facilitating research focus groups.

I.T. Skills

Essential: computer skills, Microsoft Office, Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint

Desirable: Use of IT software and skills to enhance the visual appearance and accessibility of information which will be communicated in a multi stakeholder environment.

Specific Personal Qualities:


Ability to engage with vulnerable people and patient groups.

Excellent communication skills

Problem solver

Motivated to be part of a team.



Flexible with respect to duties and working hours and able to take direction from others:


Knowledge of different approaches and issues in cancer treatment.


This part time position offers a hybrid working model.  Working from home along with locations that include the Solas Cancer Support Centre, the School of Health Sciences, SETU, Main Campus and SETU Arena, West Campus.

Salary and Duration:

The contract will commence from February 2023 for one year. Research Assistant Grade (SFI Scale) – 1st point 12 months.

This is a part time position, three days per week

Closing Date of Advertisement: 30th January 2023


The Solas Cancer Support Centre may decide to interview only those applicants who appear from the information available, to be the most suitable, in terms of experience, qualifications and other requirements of the post.

To apply for this position please submit  CV with accompanying cover letter by email to

Tracy McDaid, Manager, Solas Cancer Support Centre.

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