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    17 May 2021

    Vacancy: Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Adoption Authority of Ireland

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    The Adoption Authority of Ireland is seeking a full time post-doctoral researcher for a 12 month contract.

    The Adoption Authority of Ireland is seeking a full-time post-doctoral researcher for a 12 month contract.

    The Authority is a quasi-judicial, independent body, responsible for granting domestic adoption orders and for recognising intercountry adoptions granted outside of the State. The Authority also grants Declarations of Eligibility and Suitability to persons, habitually resident in Ireland, who wish to adopt in Ireland or abroad. It is the national central authority for adoption under the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption.

    For more details on the work of the Authority, refer to the website www.aai.gov.ie.

    Temporary Post-Doctoral Researcher Post:

    A temporary post-doctoral Researcher is required to provide support to the Authority’s Research Officer in implementing a pre-determined research strategy which covers a number of different areas of adoption.


    • Applicants must have completed, or be nearing completion of a PhD in psychology, sociology or a similar discipline
    • Strong academic understanding of the area of adoption
    • Experience in data collection, data cleaning and analysis
    • Good working knowledge of SPSS and MS Excel


    • Experience in coding of qualitative data
    • Experience using NVivo qualitative analysis software
    • Experience of conducting direct research with children/young people, including focus groups
    • Knowledge of remote/online data-gathering techniques (e.g. online, via whatsapp, surveymonkey etc.)

    The successful candidate should have good interpersonal and communication skills, strong analytical skills, be able to work pro-actively and independently. A clear understanding of how to conduct the different elements of research projects is essential, from reviewing the literature to dissemination of findings.


    The contract will operate initially for a 12-month period. Following this period, and subject to satisfactory performance, the Authority may at it sole discretion extend the term of the contract for a further period of 12 months.

    Data Transfer Procedure

    An encrypted laptop will be provided for all work purposes, including receiving and reading sensitive information via a secure Adoption Authority email address.


    Salary:€37,500 per annum, based on a 5 day working week. Invoices should be submitted on a quarterly/monthly basis.

    AAI will be required to ensure the successful candidate is compliant with tax; we will do this by way of obtaining an up to date tax clearance certificate. This can be obtained by registering with the Revenue Commissioners.

    NB: The Adoption Authority’s offices remain open at this time, and the Authority does not currently have a facility to support remote working. The successful candidate will be office-based in the Authority’s offices in Shelbourne Road, reporting in to the Authority’s Research Officer. The offices are fully Covid-19 compliant with all necessary protocols in place.

    Application Process

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with “Researcher Post” in the subject line of the email. Questions about the role can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./01-2309317.

    Interviews will be held in mid-late June via Skype/Zoom.

    Selection Methods

    The Adoption Authority will convene an expert panel to carry out the competitive stages of the selection process to the highest standards of best practice. The approach employed will include:

    • Shortlisting of candidates on the basis of the information contained in their application;
    • A competitive preliminary interview.

    Prior to recommending any candidate for appointment to this position, the Authority will make all such enquiries that are deemed necessary to determine the suitability of that candidate, including Garda vetting. Until all stages of the recruitment process have been fully completed a final determination cannot be made nor can it be deemed or inferred that such a determination has been made.

    Last modified on 17 May 2021

    Mission Statement

    " To ensure the provision of the highest possible standards of adoption related services, throughout the lifelong adoption process, with the best interests of children as the first and paramount objective."

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