National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)

NUIG-077-19, Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN Early Stage Researcher Posts in Dementia Care and Technology, National University of Ireland Galway

National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)

Galway, Ireland

Applications are invited from suitable qualified candidates for a full time, fixed term position as a Doctoral Student within the School of Nursing & Midwifery at the National University of Ireland, Galway as part of a European-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN), “DISTINCT”. The successful applicant will work with Professor Dympna Casey and Dr Heike Felzmann and will also register for a PhD at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG).

The School of Nursing and Midwifery in NUIG is research-intensive with an international reputation for high quality research. It is home of the Health Research Board Trial Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN), Cochrane Ireland and Qualitative Research in Trials (QUESTS). More information on our research can be found at

This full-time post will be available, subject funding, from October 2019 and offered on a fixed-term 36 month contract. This post benefits from a highly competitive and attractive salary, plus mobility and family allowances as applicable. The successful candidate will conduct research on the work package entitled: Technology enabling participation in social activities: Social robotics in dementia care to promote social health: ethical issues and implementation strategies (ESR12). The successful applicant will complete two 3 month secondments. The first in year one in Belgium with VRIJE Universitelit Brussels (VUB) to fine-tune the ethical framework developed through interaction with local experts in dementia care and with the interdisciplinary group exploring different theoretical dimensions of the experiences of illness. The second in year three in the Netherlands at the VU University Medical Center(VUMC) Amsterdam to explore ethical issues surrounding the use of assistive technology and social robotics in dementia care. More information on the projects can be found at:



Job Description:

The DISTINCT (Dementia: Intersectorial Strategy for Training and Innovation Network for Current Technology)network comprises of ten world-leading research organisations plus IDES, an enterprise for technology, research and care, as well as nine partner organisations including Alzheimer Europe, Alzheimer’s Disease International, the World Occupational Therapists Federation, two other major universities and three other enterprises. DISTINCT works with INTERDEM (Early detection and timely INTERvention in DEMentia), a large international collaboration enabling training and development opportunities for all grades of researcher from PhD students to senior academics to develop capacity for future research in dementia care.

The overarching research goal of the DISTINCT project is to improve of the usability of technology in dementia care by evaluating its effectiveness and implementation issues in relation to social health. A total of 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will be hosted across the network and will work in research, a network-wide training program, public engagement activities and collaboration with network partners through short-term secondments in European industrial/academic partner laboratories. Candidates interested in more than one position need to apply separately to each centre hosting ESRs and a final decision will be taken together on the day of the interview. Details of all DISTINCT ESR projects can be found at:


We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic early stage researcher with a strong interest in exploring the ethical issues regarding the design and use of social robotics in dementia care as well as factors governing their acceptability and successful implementation. The successful applicant will:

  • Complete a research proposal for the work package to contain research objectives, description of research, methodology, proposed completion timeframe, originality of contribution and societal impact.
  • Develop a Personal Career Development Plan outlining training and support needs, and update this regularly based on training completed.
  • Complete annual summaries of research findings for submission to the European Commission, publication on the DISTINCT website and dissemination to relevant stakeholders.
  • Develop an Impact Action Plan to ensure the research achieves maximum societal impact and provide annual updates on steps taken to implement this plan.
  • Disseminate and communicate the research findings to relevant stakeholders.
  • Prepare regular research updates for the DISTINCT website and social media accounts.
  • Participate in network-wide training events in the course of the project and complete any additional training required to successfully carry out the research proposal.
  • Complete 30 ECTS of taught modules as required for the Structured PhD Programme at NUI Galway.
  • Prepare a manuscript for submission as a PhD thesis at NUI Galway.
  • Contribute to ongoing and related research projects in the School of Nursing & Midwifery
  • Work with the PI in preparing funding proposals related to the ESR’s area of research.


Qualifications/Skills required:


Candidates will be required to meet the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher eligibility criteria: (


Essential Requirements:

  • At the time of appointment candidates must have had less than four years full-time equivalent research experience and must not have already obtained a PhD and must not have resided in the (host country) Ireland for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the appointment.
  • Must fulfil the entrance requirements for the Structured PhD programme at NUI Galway. To be eligible for admission to the PhD programme, a candidate must normally have a high honours standard in a relevant academic discipline at primary degree level or equivalent 
  • Have excellent communications skills in English both written and verbal.
  • Ability to produce scientific outputs for publication in peer reviewed journals.

    • Evidence of ability to work independently and collaboratively within an internationally diverse team.
    • Excellent online literature searching and retrieval skills & ability to research effectively on the Internet and navigate new sites.
    • Evidence of conducting qualitative and/ or quantitative research in real world settings.
    • Evidence of excellent organisation skills and ability to meet deadlines.
    • Ability to work under pressure and meet competing priorities  
    • Highly motivated, with excellent organisation skills and with strong attention to detail and quality.

      • Are willing to travel to attend secondments, training and academic events.




Desirable Requirements:


  • Familiar with the use of technology in dementia care.
  • Experience of working in the field of dementia care.
  • Familiar with health care ethics, information and robot ethics.


Employment permit restrictions apply for this category of post


Salary:Remuneration is in line with EC rules for Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN projects:



Start date: Subject to funding being awarded this position is available from October 2019



Continuing Professional Development/Training:

Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.  

Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway. For information on moving to Ireland please see


NB: Gárda vetting is a requirement for this post


To Apply:

For Informal enquiries please contact to Amber Dorey or Professor Dympna Casey  


Formal applications: Candidates are asked to submit an updated copy of their Curriculum Vitae (max. two A4 pages), contact details of three referees, a motivation letter for the post (max. one A4 page), proof of English language requirement (IELTS: minimum overall score 7.0, and minimum of 6.0 in each subset), and certified transcripts of academic third level results in relevant discipline.


Applications should be sent, via e-mail (PDF only) to Amber Dorey:


Please put reference number NUIG-077-19 in subject line of e-mail application.



The deadline for application is 31 May 2019


Interviews to be held in London on 1 & 2 July 2019.


This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 813196



National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.


All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment


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NUIG-077-19, Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN Early Stage Researcher Posts in Dementia Care and Technology, National University of Ireland Galway