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UL seeks Post Doctoral Researcher and Research Assistant – Arts for Health for Older Adults

Date posted: 17 July 2021

The Faculty of Education & Health Sciences, School of Allied Health, at University of Limerick is inviting applications for the positions of Post Doctoral Researcher and Research Assistant for an Arts for Health for Older Adults research project.

The MinDful (MusIc aNd Dance For Older adults) study will assess the feasibility of an arts based health intervention for health and wellbeing. Many older adults in Ireland have a chronic condition, low levels of physical activity and experience loneliness and social isolation. The unprecedented consequences of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic led to cocooning measures, non-essential contact and social distancing measures, all likely impacting on physical activity levels, deconditioning, falls and social isolation.

Co-developing enjoyable and accessible community based activities are essential when promoting choice and ease of participation for older people. This research will involve the co-design and evaluation of a music and dance intervention. The study will assess the feasibility and usefulness of the intervention, designed to improve functional performance, reduce falls risk, enhance community engagement and reduce loneliness and social isolation in Ireland.

Post Doctoral Researcher (Arts for Health for Older Adults)
Specific Purpose Contract

Salary Scale: €38,632- €50,029 p.a. pro rata (maximum starting salary €42,200 p.a. pro rata)

The post doctoral researcher will facilitate the conduct of the MinDful research project. The post holder will have responsibility for ensuring research objectives are met through the appropriate implementation of research protocols, working alongside the Principal Investigator and the MinDful team including co-applicants and national and international collaborations from Canada and South Africa.

Further information for applicants and application material is available online from: http://www.ul.ie/hrvacancies/

Closing date for receipt of applications: Tuesday 3 August 2021.

Research Assistant (Arts for Health for Older Adults)
Specific Purpose Contract

Salary Scale: €23,061- €35,922 p.a. pro rata (maximum starting salary €26,609 p.a. pro rata)

The research assistant will support the conduct of the MinDful research project. The RA will be involved in various aspects of the project including recruitment, screening, assessments, data collection, and entry, and monitoring feasibility variables and writing (reports/for publication). The RA will essentially work as part of the team on the various components of the project together with the research team. The RA will also be supported by the study lead and also the various the members of the team depending on the expertise required.

The RA will support the team to meet the research objectives, working alongside the Post Doc, Principal Investigator and the MinDful team including co-applicants and national and international collaborators from Canada and South Africa.

Further information for applicants and application material is available online from: http://www.ul.ie/hrvacancies/

Closing date for receipt of applications: Wednesday 4 August 2021.

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