New Job: Research Assistant


Narrative 4 in collaboration with the i-TEACH (Teaching for Inclusion) research lab at the University of Limerick are seeking a research assistant for a study on the effects of Story Exchange facilitator training on teachers.


To carry out a systematic literature review of contemporary academic evidence defining empathy education, storytelling and social and emotional development and to conduct empirical research to assess the impact of the Story Exchange facilitation training.

The successful candidate will be required to:

Produce a systematic literature review on key constructs that align to the work of the organisation

  • Develop evidenced ways to measure the Story Exchange facilitator training impact.
  • Design a rigorous, evidenced-based questionnaire for distribution and research.
  • Prepare an ethics application for the research
  • Present the findings to the relevant oversight and sponsorship team.
  • Draft a paper presenting research findings in an agreed time frame.

The published outcomes from this project will include a protocol paper on Narrative 4’s story exchange model as a means to develop empathy and other social and emotional skills. This post is a collaboration between University of Limerick and Narrative 4 Ireland and​ ​the work is expected to take no longer than 6 months.



  • Assist the research team to conduct the research study
  • Conduct literature and database searches, and interpret and present the findings of the literature searches as appropriate.
  • Make use of standard research techniques and methods.
  • Conduct analysis and interpretation of results of the research.

Research Management

  • Plan and manage your own day-to-day research activity within the framework of the agreed project. For example, create and maintain a work plan and daybook. Meet agreed schedules, milestones, deliverables and/or research outputs. 
  • Manage personal research/project resources within your own control appropriately.
  • Keep appropriate records as directed and in line with funder/university policy.

Research Outputs – Write Up and Dissemination

  • Write up results from research activity for review by PIs.
  • Provide input into the research project’s dissemination, in whatever form (report, papers, chapters, book) as directed by the PIs/Project lead. Authorship should be decided in line with guidelines such as APA guidelines, or similar authorship guidelines as appropriate.
  • Present information on research progress and outcomes e.g. to bodies supervising research, steering groups and other team members, as agreed with the PI/Project leader.
  • Should write at least workshop level papers.

Policy & Standards

  • Knowledge of research ethics as applied to the relevant discipline.

Essential Criteria

  • An honours degree or master’s degree (level 9 NFQ) or above in a relevant discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience in academic literature reviews, report writing and dissemination of outcomes.
  • Excellent Writing Skills
  • Demonstrated track record in meeting project goals.
  • Previous experience in report writing and dissemination of outcomes.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Understanding of research ethics and integrity principles.

Desirable Criteria

  • A knowledge base in social and emotional learning
  • An interest in developing a long-term relationship with the team for developing research.
  • An MSc or PhD qualification.
  • Prior publication experience

APPLICATION DATE: 31st March @5pm
Please include the following information in your application:

  • A brief cover letter explaining how you meet the key criteria
  • A current CV
  • Full title of MSc/PhD thesis (where applicable).
  • Full list of publications including web links to publications or reports (if applicable).

Remuneration This work package is remunerated at an amount of €6,000 which will be paid in 3 stages by invoice and on completion of key deliverables. The project deliverables are expected within 6 months of start date.

Reporting The successful candidate will report to the research team and work under the leadership and supervision of Dr Jennifer McMahon, University of Limerick and Dr. James Lawlor and Rachel Guinane, Narrative 4.

Contact To enquire about the role please​ ​contact 061- 315656 or

Further Information for Candidates: The project will employ a three stage recruitment procedure: screening, shortlisting and interview.

Screening: Initially applications for an advertised position are screened to determine if applicants have met the ‘Essential Criteria’ as outlined in the advertised job description. Only candidates who meet the ‘Essential Criteria’ will progress beyond this stage.

Shortlisting: ​Depending on the number of applications remaining, it may not be possible to interview every candidate who has passed the screening process. Therefore, at this stage the Selection Board for this position may review the applications which have passed screening and will select a final shortlist of candidates who in their view were most closely aligned to the post as advertised.

Interview: Once a shortlist has been finalised, all applicants will be notified of the status of their application. The final shortlist of candidates will then be invited to interview. We aim to provide at least one week’s notice to all candidates. The interview process may take the format of a standard interview and may also include a presentation – if so, you will be provided with details of this in your invitation to interview letter. Candidates will interview remotely.