Research Support Officer
University College Cork

Research Support Officer, Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21)

0.5 FTE, 24 Months, Fixed-term, Part-time Post

Position summary

The Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st century (ISS21) is an interdisciplinary research institute for the social sciences in UCC, which seeks to build, sustain and enhance research on social, economic and cultural issues shaping Ireland during the 21st century. The Institute hosts a number of European and nationally-funded research projects addressing key societal challenges. It now seeks to recruit a part-time Research Support Officer (RSO) to support its work delivering a component of a major new initiative in UCC, the European University of Post-Industrial Cities (UNIC).

Designed to develop long term European strategic cooperation in teaching, learning and research, UNIC is a 3 year ERASMUS+ funded, European University pilot focused on exploring how 8 partner universities across Europe can respond to the challenges of post-industrial cities, and issues of diversity and inclusion in higher education (see The Research Support Officer will support the Institute’s work in developing the establishment of a ‘Superdiversity Academy’ as part of UNIC and exploring ways in which higher education can respond to, and support, increasingly diverse student populations. The Research Support Officer will work with a team of staff within the Institute, to develop a range of activities including guidelines on the ‘superdiverse classroom’, training and knowledge exchange activities, as well as contributing to the academic underpinning of the project. As part of this, they will also need to liaise with other units within the University involved in the UNIC initiative including the UCC Access Team and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit.

Project Title: European University of Post-Industrial Cities (UNIC): Superdiversity Academy

Post Duration: 2 years

Salary: €37,000 p.a. (Personal Rate), pro rata 0.5 FTE

For an information package including further details of the post see

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr Claire Edwards, Director, Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century. Email:

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title and project name.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Thursday, 22 July 2021. No late applications will be accepted.


Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

Contact Person : Dr Claire Edwards

Contact Email :

Job ID : 046711

Contact Number :

Close Date : 22-Jul-2021 12:00

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