Deadline: April 15, 2017

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Bert Gordijn

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General Description

The Institute of Ethics at Dublin City University is seeking a postdoctoral researcher for a 4-year fixed-term contract to work on the EnTIRE project and do research on issues of Research Ethics and Research Integrity (RE+RI).

Research Centre: Institute of Ethics, Dublin City University, Ireland
Post title: Post-Doctoral Researcher EnTIRE project
Level on Framework: Level 1
Post duration: Fixed term contract up to 48 months
Salary: *€35,488 - €46,255
(*Appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and will be made on the appropriate point of the salary scales, in line with current Government pay policy.)
Closing date for applications: 15 April 2017

Minimum Criteria

Applicants should have:

  • PhD in Ethics, STS, Social Science or a related discipline

  • Expertise on issues of Research Ethics and Research Integrity (RE+RI) (as evidenced through PhD and/or publications)

  • Excellent social and communicative skills

  • Excellent English

Background

The changing scientific environment puts researchers under more and more pressure: publication pressure, reducing research funds, public pressure to justify spending public research budgets and promotion of public-private partnerships. Together these external factors can ultimately lead to a research environment where ethical norms may lose out to other norms and so-called questionable research practices arise. In response to these changing research environments, the areas of Research Ethics and Research Integrity (RE+RI) are rapidly evolving. In many European countries, regions and institutions guidelines, standards, laws have been drafted. However, the effect can be the opposite: because of the resulting diversity and continuously changing norms, researchers lack up-to-date and easily accessible information on relevant rules and regulations as well as on how to apply them. The same is true for RE+RI evaluation committees that are hindered by the absence of easy access to cases and practices elsewhere. RE+RI leaders and followers lack a platform that provides easy access to RE+RI norms, and serves as a basis for deliberation, fostering improvement and practical relevance of these norms.

Project

The overall aim of the EnTIRE project is to create a platform that makes the normative framework governing RE+RI easily accessible, supports application in research and evaluation, and involves all stakeholders in a participatory way, thus achieving sustainability. The platform will foster uptake of ethical standards and responsible conduct of research, and ultimately support research excellence and strengthen society’s confidence in research and its findings.

To achieve its overall aim, the EnTIRE project will address the following objectives:

  • Objective 1: To undertake an in-depth stakeholder consultation across EU countries exploring RE+RI experiences and practices, defining the boundaries of data to be collected, and developing a mapping structure adapted to user needs (work package (WP) 2)

  • Objective 2: To assemble the relevant normative elements, including RE+RI rules and procedures, educational materials, illustrative cases, and relevant institutions across EU countries (WP 3-5)

  • Objective 3: To develop a user-friendly platform, including a website and online resources, to facilitate access to RE+RI knowledge and experience, and support application in research and evaluation, thus fostering uptake of ethical standards and responsible conduct of research (WP 6)

Application Procedure

Application forms are available from the DCU Current Vacancies (open Competitions) website at http://dcu.ie/hr/vacancies/current.shtml and also from the Human Resources Department, Dublin City University, Dublin 9 (Tel: +353 (0) 1 7005149).

Please clearly state the role that you are applying for in your application and email subject line: Job Ref #514 Post-Doctoral Researcher on the EnTIRE project

Applications should be submitted

• by email to hr.applications@dcu.ie

• or by post to Human Resources Department, Dublin City University, Dublin 9

Informal Queries to: Bert Gordijn bert.gordijn@dcu.ie

Dublin City University is an equal opportunities employer.

 

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