For Students

Undergraduate Students

Each year we recruit a small number of undergraduate students to be volunteer research assistants. As a research assistant, you may be involved with a variety of tasks, including:

·      recruitment of families

·      running structured observation protocols

·      administration of a variety of standardised psychometric tests (Bayley III; WAIS-R)

·      running video equipment

·      observe and record behaviours

·      code behaviours from video files

·      manage paperwork and data filing


Successful candidates will benefit from training in the administration of psychometric test, specialist software for observational research, and language transcription and automated language analysis programmes. Other benefits include:

·      learning about developmental research and methodologies;

·      working with children and families;

·      letters of recommendation for postgraduate applications;

·      earned research credits;

·      the opportunity to perform your own study (FYP).

Please apply, if interested, with CV and two academic references to


Postgraduate Students

Funding opportunity:  PhD level funded position, School of Psychology, TCD

Start date:  September 2017

 The Infant & Child Research Laboratory at School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, is looking for a self-motivated student to contribute to a longitudinal project examining Parent-Infant Interaction and Child Development.  This is a dedicated lab space supporting primarily observational research with infants, children and their families  The position will provide funding for a three year fulltime PhD (tuition plus annual stipend).  The position is a joint venture between the School of Psychology TCD and Dept. of Paediatrics & Child Health, School of Medicine TCD.

The project, headed by Dr. Jean Quigley & Dr. Elizabeth Nixon, and in collaboration with Professor Eleanor Molloy, builds on an existing database of longitudinal recordings of parents and infants using the Mangold INTERACT system.  The student would work closely with the lab directors to collect new data with a variety of clinical cohorts.   There are significant opportunities for novel analyses of existing datasets in conjunction with the data to be collected with the new clinical groups for development of a thesis. 


Applicants for this PhD position should have academic qualifications appropriate for entry to doctoral level research, at least a completed BA or BSc honours level degree in psychology from an accredited course (minimum 2.1 award) (required)

  • Strong interpersonal qualities (required)
  • Experience with child research participants (desired)
  • Experience with standardised test administration (e.g., BSID, WAIS, WPPSI) (desired)
  • Experience of observational methodology and with CLAN, INTERACT, Praat (desired)

 The successful applicant will have to apply to Trinity College Dublin before being finally accepted to undertake this PhD. The awarding of the funding is dependent on the successful applicant being accepted for a PhD by the School of Psychology TCD.  The funding will be awarded initially for a period of one year. However, if progress is satisfactory, the funding will be awarded for a further two years.

Please send a Curriculum Vitae, academic transcripts, two academic references, a sample of academic writing and a statement of interest to and by May 12 2017.