11/06/2019
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

PhD in Caring Sciences (MSCA Early Stage Researcher)

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University of Brighton
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    SociologyOther
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    25/07/2019 10:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    United Kingdom › Brighton
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    22/09/2019
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    HC4314-19-029
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    813928
  • IS THE JOB RELATED TO STAFF POSITION WITHIN A RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE?
    Yes

 

Recruitment of 15 Marie Sklodowska-Curie PhD Positions Call for applications

 

On behalf of the INNOVATEDIGNITY-ITN the University of Brighton announces the recruitment of a further 8 Marie Sklodowska-Curie (MSCA) PhD positions (Early Stage Researchers, ESR`s). INNOVATEDIGNITY-ITN’s distinctive consortium brings together opportunities for ESRs to experience national advocacy initiatives and processes for older people (e.g. DaneAge); build entrepreneurial sensibility, including exposure to SMEs in the private sector (e.g. PosifonAB); become expert in new systems and models of care (Belong, FIA, DaneAge); and skilled in policy development, influence and knowledge mobilisation with engagement of influential professional organisations. In this way we will ensure the relevance of all PhD projects and provide a unique and exemplary international foundation and contribution to further developments and policy contributions for shaping future care systems.

 

The consortium is made up of nine academic institutions and nine partner organisations as outlined across five European Union countries: UK, Norway, Greece, Denmark and Sweden. The PhDs will be hosted at the beneficiary institutions of the INNOVATEDIGNITY-ITN: University of Brighton (UoB) UK; Bournemouth University (BU) UK; Linneuniversitet (LNU) Sweden; Hoegskolan 1 Boras (HB) Sweden; Birmingham City University (BCU) UK; Nord Universitet (Nord) Norway; Aarhus Universitet (AU) Denmark; Aalborg Universitet (AAU) Denmark; and University of Ioannina (UoI) Greece. ESRs have already been recruited to the UK and Greek universities.

 

The purpose of the INNOVATEDIGNITY-ITN, funded by the European Commission (2019-2023), is to develop a shared research and training agenda in order to educate the next generation of interdisciplinary health care researchers and leaders across Europe. The INNOVATEDIGNITY project is a response to the Europe wide need to provide sustainable and dignified care for older people. The project will inform the creation of sustainable care systems that support older people to live well. Although many older people live independent lives, a significant proportion will require help with health and social care needs and evidence suggests that older people prefer home care to institutional care. In the future most care will be provided in the person’s own home with some being provided in residential, municipal care or hospital settings, with acute care only for those with the most complex health care needs. As the population ages, more people are needing complex care within overburdened care systems. Added to which there is unprecedented pressure on the workforce making its sustainability uncertain, there are gender imbalances both of those receiving and delivering care, and there is ample evidence that current care is failing.

 

INNOVATEDIGNITY will provide crucial guidance for the future through involving older people themselves in defining what constitutes dignified care and how best to deal with the challenges and opportunities outlined here.

 

Through co-supervision by academics and non-academic partners,

INNOVATEDIGNITY-ITN ESRs will engage in critical, practical, and creative exploration of the contribution and relationships between their individual doctoral study projects across three interconnecting research themes: 1. Dignity within digital applications 2. Living well in care systems. 3. Gender and sustainable care.

Please note this is a further call for the whole ITN INNOVATEDIGNITY. More specific requirements for individual selection criteria and information on financial support and remuneration will be available at the shortlisting stage.

 

INNOVATEDIGNITY-ITN Institutions, Research Themes and PhD Topics

 

 

Host academic institutions:

Linneuniversitetet, Sweden

Hoegskolan Boras, Sweden

Nord Universitet, Norway

Aarhus Universitet, Denmark

Aalborg Universitet, Denmark

 

Training and secondment partners:

EldreSagen Hjørring, Denmark;

The Patients’ Association, UK;

Danish Nurses Organisation;

Belong Care Services, UK;

Posifon AB, Sweden;

Kareinn Ltd. UK;

The Royal College of Nursing, UK;

Physical and Medical Rehabilitation Care Unit, Ioannina Greece; and

University of Chester, UK.

PhD topics

 

8 Marie Sklodowska-Curie PhD/ESR Positions

PhD topics and organisations:

 

Research Theme 1: Dignity within Digital Applications

 

Title

Using dignified care and telemedicine through the lens of a theoretical framework for quality end of life care for older people.

Lead Organisation

Nord Universitet

Objectives: 1) Clarification of how concepts of dignified care and wearable device telemedicine can be interactively developed and combined. 2) Identification of contradictory perspectives in bring these two worlds together. 3) Clarification of how digital development for end of life care can be combined with a theoretical framework for dignity in care of older people. Method: Scoping review and ethnographic fields studies including focus groups with staff. 1:1 interviews with a sample drawn from older people who transfer between institutions.

Assistant Professor Ingjerd Gåre Kymre

Professor Lisbeth Uhrenfeldt

Nord University

https://www.nord.no/en

 

 

Title

Addressing the barriers and facilitators of the societal digital demands in citizens 75 years and older.

Lead Organisation

Nord Universitet

Objectives: 1) Explore historical development over 20 years that elders of 75 years+ have experienced as society has developed digital, including digital demands and communication technology (1998-2018). 2) Investigate barriers and facilitators for older people concerning societal digital demands. Method: A scoping review of digital development within society that persons +75 years have been part of and qualitative investigation of +75 years persons’ values and expectation about a digitally led society followed by a theoretical investigation of digital strategies in Denmark/ Nordic countries concerning demands and needs of +75 year olds.

Professor Lisbeth Uhrenfeldt

Assistant Professor Ingjerd Gåre Kymre

Nord University

https://www.nord.no/en

 

 

Research Theme 2: Living Well in Care Systems

 

Title

Supporting older people with severe mental illness in municipal housing and home care with a focus on nature of wellbeing and health processes, organisational structures, barriers and demands.

Lead Organisation

Linnéeuniversitetet

 

Objectives: 1) To identify organisational structures, barriers and demands concerning care of older people with severe mental illness. 2) To identify nursing care needs that support well-being and dignity for older people with severe mental illness. 3) To create a new nursing intervention for older people with severe mental illness living in the community. Method: A two stage study a) phenomenological approach with a purposive sample of older people with severe mental illness. b) These findings will then be shared with a participatory group that includes older people, their relatives and staff who will engage in a four step process of assessing the findings, developing examples of changes in practice, articulation of new intervention.

Associate Professor, Ulrica Hörberg https://lnu.se/en/staff/ulrica.horberg/

PhD, Lise-Lotte Ozolins https://lnu.se/en/staff/lise-lotte.ozolins/

PhD, Hanna Holst https://lnu.se/en/staff/hanna.holst/

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Linnaeus University, Sweden,

https://lnu.se/en/meet-linnaeus-university/Organisation/faculty-of-health-and-life-sciencesnew-page/

 

Title

Development of new ways of co-operation between hospital nurses and homecare nurses in very early discharge from acute care.

Lead Organisation

Aarhus

Objectives: 1) To explore the impact of early discharge and co-morbidities on home care nurses. 2) To investigate the impacts of specialisation and lack of specialisation between the two systems of hospital and homecare on older people and their family, with specific reference to dignity in care. 3) Investigate the range of competencies required that ensures dignified and specialised care in home care settings. Method: Observations of patients’ transition from hospital discharge to homecare nursing, with focus group interviews and in-depth interviews with homecare nurses and their descriptions of the competencies needed in relation to early discharge to sufficiently follow up hospital care and treatment.

Annelise Norlyk

Bente Martinsen

Aarhus University, Denmark

http://ph.au.dk/en/about-the-department/sections/section-for-nursing

Title

Older peoples’ (patient and relatives) perspectives on hospital- home transitions in very early discharge.

Lead Organisation

Aarhus

Objectives: 1) Investigate the kinds of competencies older patients and families need to manage their home care recovery after early acute hospital discharge. 2) To delineate features of transition between hospital and home that both positively and negatively impact patients and their families with a specific focus on perceptions of dignity. 3) Develop new insights of nature of care needed to successfully manage transitions in very early discharge that will promote recovery and independence for older people. Method: Data will be generated by ethnographic fieldwork and interviews - three in-depth interviews with both 10 -12 patients and their close relatives. Data are collected two days, two weeks and two months after discharge to systematically uncover how to support dignity and wellbeing of the family after discharge.

 

Annelise Norlyk

Bente Martinsen

Aarhus University, Denmark.

http://ph.au.dk/en/about-the-department/sections/section-for-nursing/

Title

Living well in supported care: A focus on the oldest 85+ years living in residential care.

Lead Organisation

Aalborg

Objectives: 1) To investigate how do staff use existing care systems to keep older people in their own home for as long as possible and assess if the best treatment is possible in this situation. 2) Examine how staff talk to, refer and inform the older citizen 85 years+ about possible choices to be made. 3) Assess how staff achieve aims of older person/ conversely fail to meet aims of older person with specific reference to dignity in care. 4) What kinds of staff and staff competencies are needed to meet the needs of the very old 85+ years in daily care in nursing homes or older person residential housing. Method: Observational study and interviews with older persons in residential care in an urban and rural setting, focus groups with staff in residential care. Ethnographic perspective will guide analysis of data.

 

Associate Professor Mette Grønkjær

http://vbn.aau.dk/da/persons/mette-groenkjaer(574b63eb-8aff-43ac-b907-12a665ace204).html

 

Aalborg University Hospital:

https://aalborguh.rn.dk/Forskning/Forskningsomraader/Forskningscentre/Klinisk-sygepleje

Title

Investigation of the unique dynamic requirements of competence among registered nurses required to lead care for older people living in municipality today and in the future. What are the unique requirements of competence that have been overlooked in policy?

Lead Organisation

Hoegskolan I Boras

Objectives: 1) Analyse evidence through a systematic review about unique competencies offered by nurses 2) Investigate competencies empirically from perspective of operational managers, leaders, and politicians for municipal care 3) Investigate the impact of specialist postgraduate training on competencies and quality of care with specific reference to dignity in care. Method: A survey of staff in up to 60 Special Housing units using a validated structured questionnaire that focuses on staff competency in older person residential care, and telephone interviews and focus groups with purposive samples of staff, managers, leaders and policy makers.

Professor I Fridh

Dr.. Kristina Nassen

University of Boras

https://www.hb.se/en

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research Theme 3: Gender and Care

 

Title

Investigation of dynamic forces for gender balance, retention and career with policy outcomes

Lead Organisation

Hoegskolan I Boras

Objectives: 1) Investigation and scoping of the impacts of gender on retention and career progression 2) Primary and secondary data analyses in an EU context 3) Comparison with global situation and challenges. Method: Mixed methods including secondary quantitative data analysis, qualitative interviews with samples of care home staff and systematic review of the literature

Dr. Elisabeth Lindberg

Dr. Kristina Nassen

University of Boras

https://www.hb.se/en

 

 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 813928-INNOVATEDIGNITY 2019-2022

 

Benefits

Work conditions:

  • A full-time contract with a competitive salary for 36 months. The remuneration of the recruited PhD is based on a monthly payment made up of living allowances, family allowance and mobility expenses where applicable and according to MSCA Horizon 2020 requirements.
  • Office space in a professional and stimulating environment in Sweden, Denmark or Norway.
  • Family friendly working conditions.

Eligibility criteria

  1. Applicants should have obtained a Masters Degree with a minimum grade of B+/ 2.1.

 

  1. Detailed indication of residency of the last three years (1 September 2016 to 1 September 2019). Applicants cannot have spent more than 12 months in the country (work/study/living) of the hosting institute in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date of 1 September 2019. If an applicant had more places of residence in this period, please indicate the periods and countries.

Selection process

The positions will be open for applications from 25th July 2019.

The deadline for applications is 10.59 CET, 25th July 2019.

Applicants will be informed if they are shortlisted by 15th August 2019.

Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be arranged and held by the host institutes in

August 2019. Decisions will be known at the latest by 20th September 2019.

Starting date for the PhDs is as soon as possible in September 2019.

Duration of the PhD trajectory is 36 months.

Additional comments

We seek applicants from a range of disciplinary backgrounds relevant to the INNOVATEDIGNITY project aims. We are interested in applicants who have experience in working with older people, health and social care, public health, and related areas who meet the mobility criteria and are proficient in a language relevant to the project (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Greek) in addition to English.

Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Other
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Other: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    DANISH: Excellent
    SWEDISH: Excellent
    NORWEGIAN: Good
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

Skills/Qualifications

Applicants should submit all documents in English:

 

  1. A proposal of between 1500 and 2000 words that elaborates your research motivation and interest, how you plan to undertake the research project for which you are applying. Candidates can only apply for a maximum of two of the PhD projects. State your full name and the PhD topic for which you wish to apply on the proposal.

 

  1. Applicants should have obtained a Masters Degree with a minimum grade of B+/ 2.1.

 

  1. Detailed indication of residency of the last three years (1 September 2016 to 1 September 2019). Applicants cannot have spent more than 12 months in the country (work/study/living) of the hosting institute in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date of 1 September 2019. If an applicant had more places of residence in this period, please indicate the periods and countries.

 

  1. A CV indicating clearly that applicants have not undertaken 4 or more years of research. Please note, the INNOVATEDIGNITY Network is particularly interested in early stage researchers who are currently engaged in the care and well-being of older people, leadership of care systems and care innovation activities. Your CV should therefore also indicate your engagement in older person communities, situational aspects of care, research about peoples’ experiences of care, organisations you see as relevant for the public engagement relevant aspect of the INNOVATEDIGNITY-ITN.
  2. The names of two referees. The referees of shortlisted candidates only will be contacted.
  3. Following shortlisting, candidates will be required to provide a copy of their Masters Degree in the English language and proof of residency.
  4. Applications should be uploaded to the University of Brighton’s e-recruitment system by 11:59 CET (10.59 GMT) 25th July 2019.
  5. For enquiries, please write to: info@innovatedignity.eu, indicating the ESR position and lead supervisor in the subject line
  6. General information on INNOVATEDIGNITY-ITN: https://innovatedignity.eu/
  7. General information about the Marie Sklodowska Curie (MSCA) Innovative Training Network program: https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/actions/get-funding/innovative-training-networks_en)

 

 

 

Specific Requirements

Specific Requirements

 

The PhDs should apply for doctoral study in A MAXIMUM OF two of the 8 projects offered by the nine hosting institutions. Please see the hyperlinks to the websites of the hosting institutions and lead supervisors.

 

 

The candidate must have:

  • Good verbal and writing skills in English and be proficient in the relevant language for PhD project (i.e. Swedish, Danish and Norwegian).
  • Be highly motivated and have a personal commitment to the success of research project as a whole,
  • Proven ability to work in a network and an aptitude to meet challenges.
  • Demonstrate an excellent understanding of challenges in care for older people.
  • Demonstrate experience of working/studying in the field(s) of caring science, older person advocacy, policy development, nursing, allied health, digital product development, public engagement, participatory methods/ co-design or lifeworld research
  • Willingness and ability to undertake international and/or industrial placements as and when appropriate.
  • Willingness and ability to travel flexibly to attend INNOVATEDIGNITY’s Programme of Training activities placement and events when required
  • Demonstrate awareness and ability in an appropriate range of research methods
  • Demonstrate an excellent understanding of ethical requirements in research with older people
  • Be an early career researcher with less than 4 years of research since graduation.
  • The researchers may be a national of a member State of an associated country or of any other third country.

Co-ordinating partner based at

School of Health Sciences

Westlain House

University of Brighton

Village Way, Falmer

Brighton BN1 9PH however the positions will be based in either Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Greece and the research will be undertaken in these countries.

 

Work location(s)
8 position(s) available at
With University of Brighton partners in Nordic countries
United Kingdom
Sussex
Brighton
BN2 4AT
Lewes Road

EURAXESS offer ID: 416148

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