Research Officer – Fighting Blindness

Main Duties and Responsibilities include:
Research Administration
Liaise with other funding bodies and grant holders (including scientists and clinicians, and other healthcare professionals) and carry out the day to day administration of a wide range of Fighting Blindness funded grants. This includes the annual and final report process ensuring that reports are requested on time and evaluated against the original aims of the project.
Administration of future research proposal calls and assisting with peer review process.
Provide administrative support and respond to queries for the Target 5000 programme.
Assist with organisation of research meetings, producing accurate and timely minutes.
Assist with the coordination, logistics and development of workshops, symposia and the annual Retina Conference.
Support the implementation of Fighting Blindness Research Strategy.
Maintaining an up to date knowledge of new developments in vision research.
Undertake other work related to research administration and to perform tasks necessary to achieve the overall objectives of the Research Department and organisation.

Scientific Communications
Responsible for responding to research enquiries from patient members.
Work alongside fundraisers to develop educational materials relating to research.
Support Communications team for website/materials content.
Produce accessible summaries of Fighting Blindness research and convey the value of research to a lay audience.
Assist in analysing and reporting the outputs, outcomes and impact of funded research.
Public and Patient Involvement

Outreach activities including representation of Fighting Blindness at community groups, schools, information events etc.
Development of public and patient involvement in research within the Fighting Blindness community.
Contribute to advocacy relating to research.
Person Specifications

A scientific or healthcare background (Masters/PhD level preferable but not essential)

Self-motivated with high level of organisational ability, accuracy and attention to detail.
Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to build effective working relationships with patient, clinical and scientific community.
Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team in a high-paced and high-delivery environment.
Ability to think creatively, problem solve and work under pressure to a high standard.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to explain and tailor complex information with clarity and confidence to non-scientific audiences.
Knowledge of university structures and clinical research environment desirable.
Strong empathy with a commitment to the Fighting Blindness mission.
Position based at Fighting Blindness office, 7 Ely Place, Dublin 2. Interested candidates should submit a copy of their curriculum vitae and cover letter to Anna Moran at Fighting Blindness is an equal opportunities employer.

Closing Date: Friday, May 12, 2017.

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