Postdoctoral Researcher in Speech and Hearing Sciences

University College Cork School of Clinical Therapies

Post-Doctoral Researcher/ Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, School of Clinical Therapies

21 Month, Fixed-term, Whole-time Post

Position summary

Please note that this position can be filled at Post-Doctoral or Senior Post-Doctoral level, depending on qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

Flexibility in working patterns will be considered. Researcher development training will be provided including training specific to the research project.

Communication is a human right and fundamental to our identity and to having rich, meaningful participation in all aspects of life. Communication disability (for example, as experienced by people living with dementia and following a stroke) and difference (for example, the Traveller and Deaf communities) have been documented as risk factors for social exclusion in both North and South Ireland. This exclusion negatively impacts community participation, relationships, employability, and mental well-being. Therefore, there is a pressing need to address communication access issues across the island of Ireland.

Led by Dr Helen Kelly (University College Cork) and Dr Lynda Kennedy (University of Ulster) our research team includes experienced and internationally recognised researchers from, University of Galway (Dr Ruth McMenamin), University of Limerick (Dr James Green, Dr Molly Manning, Dr Áine Kearns), Trinity College Dublin (Dr Caroline Jagoe) and University of Ulster (Dr Orla Duffy). Our research also partners with key third-party organisations including, the Irish Heart Foundation, Stroke Association NI, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Alzheimer’s Society UK, Galway Travellers Movement, and Irish Deaf Society.

The successful candidate will be expected to make an outstanding contribution towards successfully meeting the goals and objectives of the project which include to:
Establish a novel collaborative and sustainable network across the five HEIs delivering Speech and Language Therapy programmes and key partners (PPI experts; partner representatives; policymakers) on the island of Ireland.
Identify barriers to social inclusion and participation in Ireland as experienced by people living with communication disability and differences, and,
Identify best-practice priorities with recommendations for delivering communication access rights and a roadmap for key implementation projects for people living with communication disabilities and differences on the island of Ireland.
The candidate should have excellent communication skills and a good command of the English language. They will be highly self-motivated with the ability to conduct independent research to a very high level.

Post Duration: 21 months

Salary: Post-Doctoral Researcher: €39,522- €45,609 p.a. (IUA PD1 Salary Scale), Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher: €46,906- €51,035 p.a. (IUA PD2 Salary Scale)

Project Title: ENSPIRED - Enhancing Social Participation across Ireland for people with Communication Disabilities and Differences

For an information package including further details of the post see

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr Helen Kelly at, Dr Lynda Kennedy at or Prof Nicole Muller at

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title and project name.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Monday 3 October 2022. No late applications will be accepted.

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

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Contact Person : Dr Helen Kelly

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Job ID : 059991

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Close Date : 03-Oct-2022 12:00