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Part-time Research Assistant - D8 Health + Environment Dashboard [RA_D8ED_MU_KC]

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Part-time Research Assistant - D8 Health + Environment Dashboard [RA_D8ED_MU_KC]

Level:Research Assistant
POSTED:January 17, 2023
LOCATION:Maynooth University
Duration:To 15.09.23
Reports to:Dr Kevin Credit
Salary:€28,701 – €30,740 (pro rata)
Closing Date:February 3, 2023

The Role

Maynooth University is committed to a strategy in which the primary University goals of excellent research and scholarship and outstanding education are interlinked and equally valued.

The National Centre for Geocomputation (NCG) invites applications for a part-time (0.4FTE) Research Assistant to join the D8 Health + Environment Dashboard” project led by Dr Kevin Credit. The goal of this project is to create a community-focused, interactive, and open source spatial data dashboard to display and study the interactions between health and environmental features in the Dublin area, and in particular Dublin 8. This new knowledge will help inform local planning, decision-making, and investment in the neighbourhood.

Through a partnership with the Robert Emmet Community Development Project (RECDP) and other government, academic, and non-profit stakeholders, the project will accomplish this by first engaging with the public to understand the specific health and environment data needs of the community, then collecting and combining data on key metrics, and creating new data through citizen science projects where needed. These metrics will then be made available in a straightforward, easy-to-use, online spatial data platform that provides local area and neighbourhood-wide reports and maps.

The Research Assistant will assist with all aspects of the design and implementation of the spatial data dashboard and its data dependencies, including: the development of the dashboard itself, collaborating with various data stakeholders in the region, cataloguing and making various open-source data products available to download (in a centralised repository), the creation of a research poster or academic publication on the creation of the dashboard and analysis of the data outputs, and assisting in a final public engagement and dissemination symposium at the conclusion of the project.

Principal Duties

Research, dashboard design, and other duties:

This will include:

  • Working under the supervision of Dr Kevin Credit with partners in the Maynooth Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI), Robert Emmet Community Development Project (RECDP), Smart D8 organisation, and others;
  • Creating a data inventory of existing small area health + environment data and identifying gaps in existing sources;
  • Investigating open source dashboard development options;
  • Building and hosting the spatial data dashboard online, with associated open-source GitHub documentation;
  • Attend community stakeholder meetings and integrating community stakeholder input on dashboard data inclusion, design, and visualisation choices;
  • Integrating API and sensor data into the dashboard;
  • Creating records for dashboard maintenance into the future;
  • Completing a research poster or paper on the creation of the dashboard and analysis of the data outputs;
  • Assisting in the rollout of the dashboard at a public engagement and dissemination symposium;
  • Carrying out additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • An undergraduate degree in Geography, Computer Science, Data Science, Statistics, or other relevant discipline;
  • Experience mapping and manipulating spatial data using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software;
  • Experience in JavaScript, Python, R, or other open source programming languages;
  • Experience in spatial data visualisation and dashboard design;
  • An interest in understanding the intersection of health, social, and environmental processes in urban settings;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including liaising with the research team, collaborators and stakeholders;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to contribute to research outputs including a poster and/or paper.

Selection and Appointment

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend for interview;
  • Appointments will be approved by the President based on the report of the selection board;
  • It is anticipated that interviews will be held in February 2023;
  • The appointment is expected to be effective as soon as possible thereafter.

Terms and Conditions

Tenure This a part-time (0.4FTE / 2 days p.w) contract post up to 15.09.23


Location The place of work is the campus of Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.


Salary Research Assistant (2022): €28,701 – €30,740 p.a. pro rata (4 points)


Appointments will be made in accordance with public sector pay provisions.


Hours of work A 37-hour working week is in operation in respect of full-time positions (pro-rated for part-time positions).


This can be reviewed or adjusted from time to time through national agreements.

Annual Leave Annual leave and public holidays are provided for in the University policy:


Annual leave will be allocated on a pro-rata basis for part-time and temporary positions.


University policies and schemes Employees of the University will be subject to the terms of the University policies and schemes, available on the University website at:


Pension This is a pensionable post. Employees of the University will enter into a public sector pension scheme, details of the schemes are available at:


Eligibility Applications from non-EEA citizens are welcomed, applicants should note that eligibility is determined by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. Further information regarding eligibility is available at:


Non-EEA applicants are responsible for ensuring they can secure a visa to travel to Ireland. Any offer of employment is conditional on applicants securing the appropriate employment permissions.


Former Irish Public Service employees – Certain Restrictions on Eligibility


Eligibility of applicants formerly employed by an Irish Public Sector body, and who availed of an Irish Public Service Redundancy or Incentivised Retirement Scheme under the Schemes below, may be affected:

·       Collective Agreement: Redundancy Payments to Public Servants

·       Incentivised Scheme for Early Retirement (ISER)

·       Department of Health and Children Circular (7/2010)

·       Department of Environment, Community & Local Government (Circular Letter LG(P) 06/2013)


Applicants should ensure that they are eligible to be re-engaged in the Irish Public Service under the terms of such Schemes. Applicants should address queries with their former Irish Public Sector employer.


Garda vetting Garda vetting or clearance may be required by the University.
Medical The University may require a medical examination as a condition of employment.

Application Procedure

Closing Date

23:30hrs (local Irish time) on Friday, 3rd February 2023.

Please note all applications must be made via our Online Recruitment Portal at the following link:

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified above. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Maynooth University is an equal opportunities employer

The position is subject to the Statutes of the University



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