Postdoctoral researcher NUI Galway- closing 26/6/15

June 22, 2015   |   by admin



Postdoctoral Researcher

Irish Centre for Social Gerontology

Ref. No. NUIG 071-15

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Researcher for an EU Funded Project ‘FairTax’ located at the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, Institute for Lifecourse and Society, NUI Galway. This position is available from 1st September 2015 to contract end date.

Revisioning the ‘Fiscal EU’: Fair, Sustainable, and Coordinated Tax and Social Policies

Dr. Emer Mulligan together with The Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG) is now seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Researcher to a fixed-term three-year contract to work on project FairTax, which is a H2020-funded project. The project aims to produce recommendations on how fair and sustainable taxation and social policy reforms can increase the economic stability of EU member states, promoting economic equality and security, enhancing coordination and harmonization of tax, social inclusion, environmental, legitimacy, and compliance measures, support deepening of the European Monetary Union, and expanding the EU’s own resource revenue bases. This project involves conducting studies that focus on state and stakeholder-level analysis within selected countries, and studies that focus primarily on inter-state and EU-level aspects of coordination and integration. The work is being conducted by a research consortium of multidisciplinary comparative and international policy fiscal experts from nine EU and non-EU countries.

Work package 4 (WP4) of project FairTax is entitled ‘European Pension Policies and Intergenerational Fiscal Sustainability, Fairness, and Consolidation’ and is being led from within the ICSG. Working in collaboration with the leader of WP4 and other members of the consortium, the Post-Doctoral Researcher will be expected to take a leading role in implementing and delivering WP4, and contribute, as necessary, to other related work packages. WP4 will critically evaluate the implications of demographic ageing across the EU and in selected OECD countries, and the employment, social security, tax, and pensions policies introduced to address this phenomenon. A particular focus is on fiscal sustainability, equality, and consolidation across the EU. WP4 will address questions pertaining to intergenerational conflict, extended working life policies, the ‘social contract’, and cross-national consolidation of policy approaches to pension provision and extended working life in rapidly changing conditions.

This research will be conducted through an analysis of policy documents; interviews with stakeholders across the EU and other selected countries involved in devising and implementing pensions, social security and employment policy, as well as independent academic and policy experts; and statistical analysis, including tax-transfer simulations of alternative policy scenarios. In addition, willingness to pay increased taxes to support pensions will be researched with mixed methods involving surveys, focus groups, and individual interviews using an innovative qualitative life-course approach to data collection and analysis.

In this role you will:

  • Carry out substantive, original and significant research, which meets the objectives of WP4 of Project FairTax.
  • Prepare reports, participate in workshops and consortium meetings, and carry out a range of other project management activities required to satisfy H2020 grant and consortium agreement requirements, particularly with respect to WP4.
  • Contribute, as required, to other work packages to ensure delivery of overall objectives of Project FairTax.
  • Contribute to writing up research findings for publication in different forms, including peer-reviewed, international journals.
  • Play an active role in external networks or in professional organisations to build collaborative relationships for future activities.
  • Where appropriate, assist in supporting research students.
  • Work to raise the national and international profile of Project FairTax and WP4 in particular through publications, presentations and participation in relevant conferences and seminars.
  • Contribute, as appropriate, to developing research capacity in the area of Lifecourse Studies at NUI Galway.
  • Be expected to carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • A PhD in a relevant social science discipline. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate appropriate experience and knowledge of working in research areas that relate to the human lifecourse, taxation and social policy.
  • An ability to work effectively and in a mutually supportive manner within an interdisciplinary team of researchers.
  • Evidence of publications and a desire to publish and communicate research widely.
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and presentation skills.
  • High levels of initiative, commitment to deadlines and team interaction.
  • Significant knowledge and appropriate experience of using qualitative and/or mixed-method approaches to social research. Experience of conducting focus groups and interviews with senior level stakeholders identified above, would be an advantage.
  • Excellent and demonstrable knowledge of relevant computer software (including, for example, MS Office, and qualitative data analysis software [e.g. NVivo]). In addition, familiarity with quantitative data analysis techniques and software [e.g. SPSS] would be an advantage.
  • Awareness of legal and ethical requirements regarding data protection and confidentiality.

Salary: €37,750 – €46,255 (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply) NB: Gárda clearance is a requirement for this post (as appropriate to Child Protection Policy)

Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway

For information on moving to Ireland please see

Start date: 1st September 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.


For informal discussion about this post please contact Dr. Emer Mulligan at


To Apply: Candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, CV (Word or PDF format only) and the names and addresses of three referees via e-mail to                                                          Applicants must include the Ref. No. NUIG 071-15 in the subject line of the email application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm, Friday 26th June 2015

National University of Ireland Galway is an equal opportunities employer

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