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Title: RCSI Chair of Simulation
Department: RCSI Centre for Simulation Education and Research
Tenure: Permanent
Location: 26 York Street, Dublin 2
Reporting to: Professor Hannah McGee, Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

RCSI is seeking to appoint a visionary leader to the Foundation Chair of Simulation at RCSI. The successful applicant will lead the RCSI Centre for Simulation Education and Research.

Applicants will have a proven record of accomplishment in research and education in medical or health professions simulation and innovation in a clinical skills training or research setting. We are open to consider candidates with a diverse range of backgrounds and research interests, including but not limited to human factors; psychometrics; artificial intelligence; gaming; 'big data' and bioengineering; alongside mainstream surgical research. Experience of a senior role in a simulation centre would be a distinct advantage.

The Chair of Simulation will be an internationally and respected opinion leader with extensive experience in simulation training and education, relevant research, strong executive management experience. He/she will have the proven capability to lead the establishment and growth of a world class centre for simulation education and research. The Chair of Simulation will report to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and will be supported by the RCSI Simulation Team. The Chair will provide vision and leadership to ensure the delivery of education and training as already underway, and to capitalise on the existing and potential resources for research and innovation in this stellar

Key responsibilities

  • Provide vision, leadership and inspiration to develop and drive the goals and objectives of the RCSI Centre for Simulation Education and Research in promoting simulation training and education, locally and internationally

  • Develop and deliver a strategic plan for the Centre for Simulation Education and Research

  • Lead the Centre to become a global leader through delivery of significant research funding, high impact peer-reviewed
    publications and development of outstanding early career researchers and clinicians in the simulation sciences

  • Develop and oversee world-class simulation education and training programmes that make an original and substantial
    contribution to the training of students, trainees, industry and professional collaborators. This includes development
    of methodologies for assessment and documentation of competence based on simulation in, but not limited to, healthcare settings

  • Support the ongoing evolution of existing RCSI masters programmes, e.g. Masters in Human Factors in Patient Safety and Masters in Surgical Science and Practice and identify opportunities to secure external funding to support the execution of new education and training programmes

  • Contribute to the reputation of RCSI as a global leader in simulation education and research, including by representing RCSI at international conferences and events

  • Develop partnerships and networks that promote the Centre’s vision through research, training, education and innovation

  • Manage an interdisciplinary team of surgeons/clinicians, researchers, administrative and technical professionals to deliver on the academic and research ambitions for the Centre

Person Specification
The successful candidate will:

  • Hold an appropriate higher-level degree such as PhD or MD relevant to this post

  • Have a strong track record of senior authorship on high impact peer-reviewed publications relevant to this post

  • Have a track record of obtaining external funding for research and/or education and training programmes

  • Have senior level leadership experience with simulation based health professions education

  • Be a recognised international expert in the subject as evidenced by a track record of regular invited talks at
    international conferences/events in relation to clinical and/or simulation education

  • Have a proven ability to engage with key opinion leaders nationally and internationally in the area of simulation
    education and research in order to promote the value of simulation-based training and the facilities within the
    Centre at RCSI

  • Possess excellent leadership skills, with an ability to lead a diverse team of academic, administrative and technical
    professionals in a changing environment

  • Demonstrate an ability to influence and manage complex relationships at all levels

  • Show strong understanding and knowledge of strategic planning processes and the ability to devise communications strategies to develop the RCSI Centre for Simulation Education and Research

  • Be a clear communicator

  • Be able to inspire the wider academic community and non-academic audiences with the message of the Centre

  • Demonstrate a clear commitment to interdisciplinary and interprofessional working

Full details of the post can be found in the Chair in Simulation - Candidate Brochure.

Application Process
Informal enquiries are invited in the first instance through Judy Walsh, Human Resources Department on +353 1 402 2440, (email:

Please submit your application online including your current CV and a Cover Letter outlining your interest in the particular post

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