Recruiting Researchers

Effective recruitment and selection procedures are vital in attracting and retaining high quality research staff. By ensuring the best person for the job is recruited, open, transparent and merit-based recruitment of researchers (OTM-R) improves the effectiveness of national research systems, guarantees equality, especially for under-represented groups, and boosts trans and international co-operation. This in turn promotes optimal circulation of scientific knowledge. At NUI Galway we recruit based on OTM and competency based recruitment. 

Commitment to this principle of appointment on merit reflects the University's Policy on Equal Opportunities (

Research posts are funded by external funding grants and agencies and are usually on a fixed term contract basis.  The University recognises the need for research units to be in a position to recruit research staff in as expedient manner as possible while adhering to best practice methods of recruitment and selection and in compliance with legislation.  HR will assist and advise staff of Research Units/Schools/Colleges in managing the recruitment of research staff.  All offers of employment at NUI Galway must be processed by the HR office.

It is university policy to advertise all research vacancies except in the case of:

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Salary scale from 1st October 2020 applicable for all new posts*

* Note: for renewals, PI may choose to align with the appropriate point on the scale, budget permitting

Title/RolePoint On ScaleGross Salary To Employee
Research Assistant Point 1 26,609
Point 2 27,374
Point 3 27,767
Point 4 28,569
Point 5 29,393
Point 6 €30,242
Point 7 31,120
Point 8 31,701
Point 9 32,596
Point 10 33,352
Point 11 33,967
Point 12 34,930
Point 13 35,922
Postdoctoral Researcher / Research Associate Point 1 €38,631
Point 2 €39,186
Point 3 €41,026
Point 4 €42,201
Point 5 €43,411
Point 6 €44,659
Point 7 €45,943
Point 8 €47,265
Point 9 €48,626
Point 10 €50,031
Research Fellow Point 1 €55,811
Point 2 €57,429
Point 3 €59,097
Point 4 €60,814
Point 5 €67,900
Point 6 €69,871
Point 7 €70,812
Point 8 €72,859


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Research Recuitment Queries should be sent to



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