Location: Trinity College Dublin
Level: Research Assistant

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Population ageing is a global phenomenon that has characterized demographic trends during the 20th and 21st century and presents both opportunities and challenges to society. While an ageing population brings opportunities linked to the wealth of knowledge and experience possessed by older citizens; the increasing health, social and financial support needs of older adults place a significant societal burden in terms of healthcare and socio-economic provision. Perhaps one of the most formidable challenges associated with an ageing population is the potential for considerably increased incidence of age-related cognitive impairment. Advancing age is the greatest risk factor for neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias. However, there are other risk factors associated with lifestyle and genes that offer opportunities for prevention, intervention and the development of individualised treatments.

We are seeking two research assistants with an interest in the interaction of cognitive, psychological, physiological and behavioural variables to work on a four-year research project that offers the rare opportunity to assess relationships between these variables in a large cohort of healthy older adults. The study will carry out extensive testing on approximately 600 participants annually. The data collected during this study will also be used for comparative genomics research with data collected in a parallel study from participants with Alzheimer’s disease. The successful candidates will receive full training in performing the cognitive, psychological and anthropometric assessments. Training will also be provided in phlebotomy, in order to collect blood samples from participants.

The project, jointly funded by Science Foundation Ireland and Genomics Medical Ireland, will initially run for four years, with the RA positions commencing 2 to 3 months after the project start date. The successful candidates will be based in Trinity College Dublin.

Informal enquiries about this post should be made by e-mail to Ms Monica Lechea (monica.lechea@adaptcentre).

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Standard Duties and Responsibilities of the Post

Preparatory Activities:

  • Complete training in phlebotomy, participant assessment and data processing

Data collection

  • Assist with participant recruitment, consenting and screening
  • Complete cognitive and psychological, lifestyle and behavioural assessments with healthy older adults
  • Collect blood samples
  • Adhere to precise standard operating procedures in data collection

Data processing and dissemination

  • Conduct pre-processing of data for statistical analysis
  • Assist in preparation of academic publications and presentations
  • Engage in dissemination activities

Administrative Duties

  • Various administrative duties as required by the project

Funding Information
This post is jointly funded by Science Foundation Ireland and Genomics Medical Ireland.