Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

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    Trinity College
    Juridical sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    27/06/2018 12:00 - Europe/London
    Ireland › Dublin

Post Title:

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Post Status:

Specific-purpose contract (full-time) to undertake research on the PRILA project.

Research Group / Department / School

PRILA, Law School, TRiSS, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin


Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland

Reports to:

Principal Investigator


This appointment will be made at a point in line with the IUA Post Doctorate Researcher (Level 2) salary scales commensurate with experience and funding available.

Hours of Work:

37 hours per week

Closing Date:

5pm (Irish Standard Mean Time), 27th June 2018


Post Summary


The School of Law, Trinity College Dublin, invites applications for a prestigious European Research Council-funded post for a postdoctoral research fellow. This role will be of interest to graduates of social sciences, socio-legal studies, law (particularly human rights law), political science and psychology (and related disciplines), with skills in empirical research.


Prisons: the rule of law, accountability and rights (PRILA) is a research project funded by the European Research Council. The postdoctoral research fellow will be joining a team of multidisciplinary scholars working in Ireland and around the world on a ground-breaking study on the rule of law, accountability and human rights in prisons. The researcher will be given support and mentoring to develop their skills and manage their career development. The project and funding ends on March 30th 2021.


The closing date for applications is 27th June at 5pm, IST.


More details including the background to the project, essential and desirable criteria and how to apply can be found below.


Background to the project


Prisons: the rule of law, accountability and rights (PRILA) is research project exploring mechanisms for achieving accountability and oversight in prison systems, such as domestic and international inspectorates and monitoring bodies, Ombudsmen, and judicial review. PRILA is funded by the European Research Council (ERC), grant agreement 679362. PRILA’s team will comprise of three postdoctoral researcher fellows, two PhD scholars, an MLitt scholar, and a research assistant working with Dr Mary Rogan. PRILA is supported by an international team of academics and criminal justice professionals. It will disseminate its findings through journal articles and books, as well as policy briefings and research summaries, conferences and workshops.


PRILA is seeking a full-time postdoctoral research fellow to work on a research project until March 30 2021 in the thematic area detailed below. The design of the research project will be finalised in consultation with the postdoctoral research fellow. PRILA researchers work with an international and multidisciplinary team, gaining skills in qualitative and quantitative research, networking, and presenting their research to academic, policymaking and public audiences. PRILA researchers will be uniquely positioned for careers in academia, policy, the NGO sector, international human rights, as well as law and criminal justice practice.


Funding Information


  • PRILA (2016-2021) is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant under the Horizon 2020 Programme (Project ID: 679362).
  • The IUA Researcher Salary Scales can be found at http://www.iua.ie/research-innovation/researcher-salary-scales/
  • The position is offered as a full-time specified purpose contract with an end date of March 30 2021.


Standard Duties and Responsibilities of the Post


PDPRILA3: Experiencing monitoring


The objectives of this research project are to explore the effects and lived experiences of visits from the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) and the CPT’s other activities. A comparative approach is envisaged. The project seeks to explore how this European body influences policy and practice as well as to document how those affected by its visits experience them. Applicants must submit a project plan of no more than two pages outlining and justifying a proposed research design and methodology to fulfil the objectives of the project.


The successful candidate will undertake rigorous primary research, publishing findings in top-quality scholarly journals and other outlets, and presenting papers based on the research at meetings, conferences and workshops. The postdoctoral research fellow will contribute to the wider PRILA project, working with the research team on publications, briefing papers, and submissions and in disseminating research through conferences, workshops and other forums, as well as supporting the mentoring of PhD students.

The successful candidate will also be expected to actively contribute to the following activities:

  • Writing blog posts, media articles and contributing to social media and similar communications activities
  • Organising workshops, seminars and conferences
  • Liaising and maintaining positive relations with stakeholders
  • Undertaking all necessary reporting
  • Attending all project meetings



Applicants must hold a PhD in in law, social sciences, criminology, psychology, political science or a related discipline.


Knowledge and Experience

The successful candidate will have the following knowledge and experience:




  • Demonstrable experience of independent research
  • Successful publication record in international peer reviewed outlets
  • Presentation of research findings at international conferences
  • Experience of, and commitment to, disseminating findings beyond academic outlets, for example through policy engagement, briefing papers, or through the media
  • Experience of organising workshops



  • Knowledge of the CPT and/or European prison policy and practice
  • Knowledge or practice experience of inspection, monitoring or regulation in any discipline



Skills and Competencies

The successful candidate will have:



  • Highly developed skills of qualitative research
  • Excellent oral and written academic skills and a commitment to publishing high-quality research
  • High levels of commitment and self-motivation
  • Excellent ability to manage research projects
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel within Europe as required
  • English language certification if English is not the first language, the required being: IELTS: 7.0+, TOEFL iBT: 100+, TOEFL pBT: 600+, CEF: C1+, or equivalent.


  • High levels of competence in a language other than English which is used by the CPT
  • Skills in quantitative research
  • Skills in using quantitative research methods software packages;
  • Willingness and ability to travel within Europe where necessary;
  • Previous research or practice experience of inspection, oversight or monitoring in any discipline;
  • Previous experience in mentoring of students


Further Information for Applicants


Informal enquiries can be sent to Dr Mary Rogan via email (mary.rogan@tcd.ie).


URL Link to Area


URL Link to Human Resources



Security Clearance:


Security screening will be required by the prison authorities for the purposes of the research.

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