Post-Doctoral Position Physical Activity & Mental Health, University of Limerick, Ireland

By: Dr Matthew Herring
University of Limerick

Post-Doctoral Position Physical Activity & Mental Health, University of Limerick, Ireland

The University of Limerick (UL), Ireland required an experienced researcher for a 24-month postdoctoral position.  Dr Matthew Herring UL was recently awarded a 24-month Health Research Board Ireland grant, entitled “Physical Activity Guidelines for Anxiety and Depression: Optimal Physical Activity Dose and Biopsychosocial Profiles Predictive of Benefit Among Older Adults With and Without Non-Communicable Disease.” The project will use existing data collected by our collaborative partners at The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) to establish the most effective physical activity prescription to prevent and treat anxiety and depression among older adults with and without long-term illness. This research will also examine how this physical activity prescription might change depending on an individual’s characteristics (i.e., biopsychosocial profiles), and will allow the development of evidence-based physical activity guidelines for mental health among older adults. These guidelines will then be translated into policy briefs for the Department of Health and the Health Services Executive. Finally, training programs will be developed for and delivered to healthcare professionals and exercise professionals through a series of dissemination workshops, focusing on how guidelines can be used in their practice as part of normal care.

The successful candidate will need evidence of the ability to work autonomously, have experience working with large pre-existing databases, demonstrate evidence of statistical proficiency in statistical modelling (e.g., mixed effects models, multilevel and latent growth modelling, Cox regressions, etc.), have a strong publication record relevant to physical activity and mental health and excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

The position has a competitive starting salary (i.e., maximum starting salary of €47,764) and will be advertised in January/February 2022

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