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Routes to Research Fellow

Routes to Research Fellow – Assessment Criteria and Associated Approval Mechanisms

There will be three routes to Research Fellow status in UCD

  1. A prestigious independent funding award to an individual following a competitive, peer-reviewed process. This will be the route through which most Research Fellow posts will arise.
  2. A decision that a particular programme of work, requires the appointment of someone at Research Fellow level to lead that work under the direction of the PI/Grant-holder, and the PI/Grant-holder can fund the post in accordance with UCD Salary Policy for Post-Doctoral Researchers and Research Assistants. In this case the post will be advertised.
  3. Arising from the advertisement of a post with a bespoke contract arrangement and following successful review against the RF criteria.

Mechanism

Approval Required

1. Prestigious independent Funding Award to an Individual

Proposed by PI for approval of Head of School, College VPRI and College Principal.

2. Where it is decided that a particular programme of work not less than 24 months in duration requires a Research Fellow level appointment to lead that work under the direction of the PI/Grant-holder, and the PI/Grant-holder can fund the post in accordance with UCD Salary Policy for Post-Doctoral Researchers and Research Assistants.

Proposed by PI for approval of Head of School and College Principal.

The Interview Board must include one of the actual approvers (Head of School or College Principal) and a delegate of one of the others.

3. Arising from a review under a ‘bespoke’ contract arrangement

A) Approval for a bespoke advertisement/contract in the first instance requires approval of Head of School and College Principal/VPRI. The Interview Board must include one of the approvers and a delegate of one other.

B) The review built into the contract should be led at College level by the College VPRI with the College Principal or their nominee and 2 Heads of School.

The UCD Research Fellow assessment criteria, as approved by the SMTA will inform all individual assessment decisions.

Research Fellow Assessment Criteria:

  • Research Fellows will be holders of a PhD with significant post-qualification research experience. They will have a track record of high-quality publications and/or innovation outputs, in accord with the norms of their discipline.
  • Research Fellows will typically have a minimum of 4 years Post-doctoral experience, ideally including an international element and/or enterprise experience.
  • They will need to be able to demonstrate a track record in the following areas:
    • Publications, as assessed by the norms of their discipline i.e. quality and impact of academic publisher, citations, ranking of journal publications etc.
    • Supervision of students, including, where appropriate contributing to undergraduate project supervision and Masters dissertations on taught programmes.
    • Research leadership in a research group or laboratory.
    • Contribution to the writing of research proposals which are submitted to peer-reviewed funding processes.
    • Capability to exercise independence in research, as evidenced by, for example, senior authorship/sole authorship of publications and invited presentations at conferences.
  • In addition, evidence of the following will significantly enhance an application:
    • Attainment of independent funding through a competitive, peer-reviewed process.
    • Innovation and commercialisation outputs, e.g. development of patents, prototypes,
    • Industry collaboration or experience.
    • Experience working with Government agencies, nationally or internationally

 

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