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PhD candidate 'Improving the social health in our complex aging society'

Are you graduated as psychosocially oriented master student and looking for a challenging PhD to combine your creativity and social network research interest …

23 dagen geleden

Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Geert Grooteplein Zuid, Nijmegen, Gelderland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 36 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2422 - € 3103 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

Are you graduated as psychosocially oriented master student and looking for a challenging PhD to combine your creativity and social network research interest in solving a huge societal problem?

In that case you can become the PhD candidate in our ambitious 4 years interdisciplinary project that aims to get grip on the huge societal problem of loneliness among older persons. Your challenge is to create synergy and gain relevant knowledge from a team of creative experts in social health games, older and younger persons, and a private partner (DELA) with a social mission.

Using an interdisciplinary approach we want to get grip on this complex societal challenge by developing appealing new intergenerational digital games that promote interaction between different age-groups. We want to optimise feasibility for use, and conduct studies to test the effects of social health games on senior's loneliness and social networks. For this 4-years NWO funded project we have room for a full time PhD position, next to the PhD from complexity science that has already been selected.

Project description
Our aim is to combine the strengths of complexity science, social science, and the creative gaming industry to provide better understanding of the dynamics of social connections and exploring new options for improving connectedness in our aging society. Currently over one million Dutch seniors complain of loneliness. This negatively interacts with psychosocial and physical health, and has huge impact on our health and social care system. Using an interdisciplinary approach we want to get grip on this complex societal challenge by realizing four specific aims:
  • Design and develop appealing new intergenerational digital games that promote interaction between different age-groups, optimise feasibility and test proof of concept for measuring and improving social interaction over time.
  • Conduct a randomised trial to test the effects of social health games on senior's loneliness and social networks. We will also study social resilience and dynamics in social networks of older persons.
  • We will combine data to develop computational multiscale models to simulate the future of social connectedness with and without widespread use of the socializing games.
  • Synthesise experimental and modeling results into tools for policy makers to improve seniors' social health. Research project.
We offer an interesting individualized PhD training and project guidance through a highly qualified team collaboration of Utrecht University (Social Sciences), the University of Amsterdam (Computational Sciences) and Radboud University (Medical Sciences). The studies will take place in the abovementioned network with a creative industry partner (Games Solutions Lab), a market party (Dela), and a network of older persons (Network "100"). The PhD projects will start late 2019 or beginning of 2020. You will also exchange experiences and learn from the other awarded NWO projects in this grant.

Functie-eisen

We are looking for a PhD candidate who is ambitious and passionate to meet our project goals by methods of complexity sciences combined with creativity and team work. You enjoy working on the project deliverables, and at the same time develops yourself by acquiring new (research) skills, thereby growing to an excellent researcher with a complexity science expertise and an innovative methodological portfolio.

You will have a focus and interest in analyzing and understanding the data of time series in senior's connectivity, and the outcomes of the effectiveness trial on the social health games. Therefore you need to be trained in psychosocial research or have proven interest in it. You will also be closely linked to the team of innovators that will develop the games, and safeguard that adequate effect and process evaluation is feasible and scientifically sound. Therefore you have to speak Dutch to also be able to interview older gamers.

  • This PhD can have a master degree in social, or biomedical sciences, and should be intrigued by applying social sciences theories and methods as well as trial methodology.
  • Passion for developing and testing innovations, specifically in connection to games or IT- interventions.
  • Relevant master degree sociology, psychology, or biomedical sciences, with research training.
  • Affinity with, and if possible experience in, applied social network research.
  • Skills and personality fitting the tasks of recruitment, selection and motivation of Dutch older and younger participants.
  • Well-developed social skills and team-spirit: strong ability to connect with other research groups.
  • Skilled in writing academic English, best evidenced by having published a scientific article(s).

Conditions

The project will appoint a PhD candidate for 4 years in total, primarily based in the Radboudumc, but who may also partly work at other project sites. Your performance will be evaluated after 1 years according to the Donders PhD track. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by another 3 years. You will be ranked in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO) as a PhD-student (promovendus).

Upon commencement of employment we require a certificate of conduct (Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag, VOG) and there will be, depending on the type of job, a screening based on the provided cv. Radboud university medical center's HR Department will apply for this certificate on your behalf.

Read more about the Radboudumc employment conditions and what our International Office can do for you when moving to the Netherlands.

Additional information

Additional information
If this seems to be the ultimate challenge for you and you are keen on contributing and developing your innovation and scientific talents, you can get more information from Prof. Marcel Olde Rikkert, geriatrician and co-leaders Dr. Rense Corten or Dr. Rick Quax.

Application
You should submit a motivation letter (max. 1 page), a CV (including a list of grades obtained during your MSc study), and the names of two persons who can provide references. We will probably start the selection process with short (15 min) interviews.

Please apply before October 15, 2019.
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