Maternal Health: Pregnancy Loss

REducing stiLlbirth through bEhaViour chAnge iNtervenTions (The RELEVANT Study) will work to reduce stillbirth through behaviour change interventions.

The project will develop and evaluate an evidence-based behaviour change intervention to raise awareness of, and reduce risk factors, for stillbirth in Ireland. The evidence base and desired behaviours to change will be explored along with the facilitators and barriers to those changes. The feasibility of implementing an intervention will be assessed, along with the processes, costs and effects.

The successful applicant will work on the RELEVANT Study which is a collaborative project with the multidisciplinary Pregnancy Loss Research Group, the Health Behaviour Change Research Group (HBCRG) at NUIG as well as the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC) at UCC. 

The overall aim of this PhD is to develop and evaluate an evidence-based behaviour change intervention to raise awareness of and reduce risk factors for Stillbirth in Ireland. The proposed objectives are to:

  • identify the evidence base and the desired behaviour to change
  • establish facilitators and barriers to change
  • assess the feasibility of implementing the intervention through the evaluation of the design and operational processes of the study
  • assess the costs and effects of the intervention

How To Apply

Application Process: Candidates applying for this studentship must have a first or second class degree or Masters in a relevant discipline. Previous experience in a health-related discipline is expected and relevant experience is welcomed.

A stipend of 18,500 euro per annum and a cover for registration fees will be available for the successful applicant (non-EU members may apply but additional fees are paid by the candidate).  The position is funded for 4 years with an allowance for travel and publication costs. 

The successful applicant will be asked to proceed through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC, for formal registration.

Interested candidates should submit:

  1. a covering letter detailing their interest and reasons for applying for this position 
  2. (a CV (including the name and contact details of 2 referees)
  3. a summary of their relevant research experience to date


The above documents should be emailed to on or before the closing date of 11 July.

Please reference ‘PhD Studentship The RELEVANT Study’ on the subject line of your application.

Applicants are expected to be able to commence the post by 1 October 2018. 

For further information please contact Dr. Keelin O’Donoghue ( )

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