15 PhDs for ENTWINE ‘How can we bridge the ‘Care Gap’

15 PhDs for ENTWINE ‘How can we bridge the ‘Care Gap’

ENTWINE

Multiple locations; Groningen, Netherlands

15 PhDs for ENTWINE ‘How can we bridge the ‘Care Gap’

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovation Training Network

ENTWINE is a 4-year Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovation Training Network (ITN), funded by the European Union, which started as of September 2018. The Network will employ 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) for high quality PhD training.
Mostly due to increased longevity and medical advances, the needs of older/ill individuals for long-term care rise rapidly while the availability of informal caregivers decreases. Informal caregivers are those who provide unpaid care to a relative or friend with a chronic illness, disability or other long-lasting health or care need. This ‘Care Gap’ will create huge problems for the sustainability of European health care systems that rely heavily on the provision of informal care. How can we solve this problem?

The ENTWINE team aims:
- to detail the current and future caregiving challenges and motivations for diverse groups of informal caregivers and care recipients, and society, in different countries that have different care systems.
- to examine whether specific (psychosocial) interventions, services and technology-based interventions could be helpful to caregivers, and if so, how best to deliver these interventions, services and tools, in order to sustain willingness to care amongst caregivers and support them in experiencing optimal outcomes of their role.
- to promote the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based interventions, services, and tools aimed to support informal caregiving.

Within the ENTWINE network, 15 PhD students will be selected for a 3-year advanced multidisciplinary and intersectoral research training. Below you can find a description of the three work packages and the 15 PhD positions, or visit the website.

WORK PACKAGE 1: INVESTIGATING WILLINGNESS TO CARE
WP1 aims to detail the current and future caregiving challenges and motivations for diverse groups of informal caregivers and their recipients, and society, in different countries that have different care systems by means of an intensive longitudinal cohort study (ENTWINE-iCohort). This is crucial in order to establish who needs support, what kind of support, and when.

PhD student 1: Prevalence of care and cultural differences
Host organisation: Bangor University, the United Kingdom; contact: v.morrison@bangor.ac.uk

PhD student 2: Personal and geographical barriers and facilitators of caregiving
Host organisation: Bar Ilan University, Israel; contact: noa.vilchinsky@biu.ac.il

PhD student 3: Diversity of experiences in caregiver-care recipient dyads
Host organisation: University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands; contact: mariet.hagedoorn@umcg.nl

PhD student 4: A comparison across countries of formal versus informal caregiving and personal preferences in caring for older people now and in the future
Host organisation: University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands; contact: e.buskens@umcg.nl

PhD student 5: Opportunities and challenges of household-based migrant care work as a support to informal caregiving
Host organisation: National institute of health and science on ageing, Italy; contact: g.lamura@inrca.it

WORK PACKAGE 2: DESIGNING SOLUTIONS FOR INFORMAL CARE
WP2 aims to examine whether specific interventions, services and technology-based interventions (eHealth, social robots) could empower caregivers and reduce their burden. If so, WP 2 aims to examine how to deliver which interventions, services and tools, at which time, and to whom, in order to sustain willingness to care, experience optimal outcomes of their roles, and improve quality of life amongst informal caregivers. Methods include experiments, factorial designs and persuasive profiling.

PhD student 6: Communicating emotion and needs: can social robots interpret and respond to carer needs or help reduce the ‘load’?
Host organisation: University of Glasgow, the United Kingdom; contact: emily.cross@glasgow.ac.uk

PhD student 7: Assessing the effects of a cognitive-Behavioural Conjoint Therapy for caregivers
Host organisation: Bar Ilan University, Israel; contact: noa.vilchinsky@biu.ac.il

PhD student 8: The potentiality of advanced positive technology for dealing with psychological stress in caregiving
Host organisation: Catholic University of Milan, Italy; contact: andrea.gaggioli@unicatt.it

PhD student 9: Balance in caregiving: an eHealth application to support decision-making
Host organisation: University Medical Centre Groningen, NL; contact: mariet.hagedoorn@umcg.nl

PhD student 10: Developing persuasive and adaptive ICT solutions that encourage carers’ willingness to care in real time, tailored to contexts
Host organisation: Uppsala Universitet, Sweden; contact: par.agerfalk@im.uu.se

WORK PACKAGE 3: IMPLEMENTING NOVEL TECHNOLOGY BASED SOLUTIONS
WP3 aims to examine the issues around the implementation and dissemination of innovative interventions, services, and technology-based tools intended to support informal caregiving. The focus is on overcoming barriers following a user-centered, stakeholder-driven implementa-tion and agile science approach to promote adoption and implementation of these innovative interventions, services and tools.

PhD student 11: ICT-based support services for informal caregivers: upgrading InformCare, a Europe-wide web-platform
Host organisation: National institute of health and science on ageing, Italy; contact: g.lamura@inrca.it

PhD student 12: Development and implementation of Smart Solutions
Host organisation: University of Twente, the Netherlands; contact: j.vangemert-pijnen@utwente.nl

PhD student 13: Agile development of unobtrusive sensing technology to support caregivers in caring for patients on a distance
Host organisation: NEDAP, the Netherlands*; contact: janhendrik.croockewit@nedap.com

PhD student 14: Implementing eHealth psychological support for informal carers: a pragmatic realist complex intervention approach
Host organisation: Uppsala Universitet, Sweden; contact: louise-von.essen@kbh.uu.se

PhD student 15: Implementation of a supportive intervention for older spousal caregivers
Host organisation: Linköpings University, Sweden; contact: gerhard.andersson@liu.se

What we need

  • You have a Master’s degree or equivalent in psychology, sociology, (health) economics, health policy, health sciences, communication sciences, health technology, computer sciences, or related fields at the time of start (1 March 2019).
  • Your educational background matches the requirements of the ESR positions you are interested in.
  • You are an Early Stage Researcher, meaning that at the time of recruitment by the host organization, you shall be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and has not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • You must fulfil the mobility criteria defined by the European Commission: at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the start date of the project (expected March 1st, 2019).

What we offer
The PhD student will be appointed at and conform the conditions of the host organisation indicated for each position. We offer:

  • A stimulating and creative learning environment and an interdisciplinary and international research training programme.
  • You will be engaged in transdisciplinary experiences with targeted secondments to practice communities and companies.
  • You will have the opportunity to acquire outstanding complementary training in transferable skills (e.g. presentation techniques, networking, publishing, and outreach) as well as leadership, innovation and entrepreneurial skills.

Additional information

  • For more information about a specific position, please contact the person indicated for that position.
  • For general questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at entwine@umcg.nl

Applying for a job
Please visit https://entwine-itn.eu/recruitment/ and carefully read the Application Guide for all specific information on the application and selection procedure.
You can apply until November 30th, 2018.


Please apply via recruiter’s website.

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