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PhD position Spatial Sciences: Ageing at Home with Early-Stage Dementia
The Population Research Center (Faculty of Spatial Sciences) invites outstanding candidates to apply for an interdisciplinary PhD position on the intersection of Medical Geography, Population Studies and Medical Decision Making addressing the autonomy and mobility ...
- Broerstraat, Groningen, Groningen
- Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
- Uren per week:
- 38 - 38 uur
- € 2709 per maand
The Population Research Center (Faculty of Spatial Sciences) invites outstanding candidates to apply for an interdisciplinary PhD position on the intersection of Medical Geography, Population Studies and Medical Decision Making addressing the autonomy and mobility of older adults impacted by early stage dementia in their homes and neighbourhoods. This research project is part of the COORDINATEs project, teChnology tO suppORt DecIsioN making about Aging aT homE. Funded by the Joint Programming Initiative More Years, Better Lives, this transnational project aims to discover how technology can be used to enable older adults with early-stage dementia to age at home in the Netherlands, Canada and Sweden. The COORDINATEs project consists of four work packages, that aim to: 1) assess autonomy and mobility of older adults with early-stage dementia (using technology); 2) co-design an adapted version of the TakeCare platform (www.greybox.ca), a technology-based intervention to inform shared decision making about housing options for older adults; 3) assess user experiences with the intervention, and survey the general population about factors influencing their willingness to use it; 4) synthesize and compare information from WP1-3 between Canada, Netherlands and Sweden.
The objective of this PhD research is to assess autonomy and mobility of older adults with early-stage dementia living at home in order to co-design technology that facilitates self-management. The objective will be achieved by using a mixed-methods approach, consisting of quantitative and qualitative methods. Iterative end-user feedback and consultation will be used to co-design the technology intervention with the target group. The PhD researcher will benefit from research collaboration within the 3-country-COORDINATEs network, and collaborations with industry and organizations from the healthcare sector.
Following requirements apply to the applicants:
- a research master degree in Human Geography, Regional Studies/ Spatial Sciences, Population Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Public Health, Health Science, or a similar social-science discipline, to be completed before 1 April 2018
- excellent study results and CV
- interdisciplinary affinity with social sciences and a keen interest in topics related to medical geography, such as older adults (with dementia), and ageing in place
- proven skills in at least one of the following: qualitative research, quantitative research, or Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- excellent English language proficiency both orally and in writing; preferably experience in academic writing; French language proficiency is preferred.
We are looking for the following competences in the PhD candidate:
- conceptual capacity and abstract reasoning
- the desire and capacity to relate theoretical topics to practical challenges and solutions
- communication and presentation skills
- a proactive and independent work attitude
- planning and organization skills
- drive and enthousiasm.
ConditionsThe University of Groningen offers a minimum salary of € 2,222 gross a month in the first year to a maximum of € 2,709 a month in the final year, based on a full time position (1.0 FTE). The PhD research position is fully paid for 36 months.
You may apply for this position until 21 January 23:59h / before 22 January 2018 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on apply button). Please submit your application in English.
Interviews are scheduled for 1 February 2018 (first selection round) and 8 February 2018 (second selection round).
The preferred starting date is 1 April 2018.
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Additional informationDr Louise Meijering
Faculty of Spatial Sciences Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programmes and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 30,000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents. Ranked among the European top in the field of academic research, the University of Groningen has joined forces with other top universities and networks worldwide to become a truly global centre of knowledge.