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PhD positions Available @ University Of Brighton


Early Stage Researchers (Marie Sklodowska-Curie)

School of Health Sciences

Location: Brighton – FalmerCompetitive salary package

Contract Length:36 months

Closing Date: Sunday 08 March 2020

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Reference: HC4111-19-029-R-R


On behalf of the INNOVATEDIGNITY-ITN, The University of Brighton, UK ( is pleased to announce the re-advertisement of 4 Marie Sklodowska-Curie (MSCA) PhD positions (Early Stage Researchers).

INNOVATEDIGNITY-ITN’s consortium is made up of caring science scholars working on experiential perspectives of human dignity, care, and well-being from nine institutions in five European Union countries: Sweden, Denmark, Greece, Norway and the United Kingdom and nine partners in four countries for training and secondments. The Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will be hosted at the following beneficiary institutions of the INNOVATEDIGNITY- ITN in the Nordic area as follows:

Nord University, NorwayHoegskolan Boras, SwedenAarhus Universitet, Denmark

The purpose of 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 care leaders across Europe. The project is a response to the Europe wide need to provide sustainable and dignified care for older people at home and in residential, municipal and hospital settings.

The network will look in detail at how older people currently experience care, how they can be supported to live well and how technology, gender, workforce pressures and institutional factors can impact experiences of dignity and well-being. INNOVATEDIGNITY-ITN will research new ways of engaging with older people to shape digital developments, will examine new kinds of care delivery, including long term residential care and rapid transitions from acute hospital care to home, gender imbalances and workforce sustainability to create new forms of care activities that include, participatory models and co-design with older people in response to the growing lack of sustainability in older person care and evidence of current care failings.

Through co-supervision by academics and non-academic partners, INNOVATEDIGNITY-ITN ESRs will engage in critical, practical, and policy impact exploration of the contribution and the reach of their individual doctoral study projects to respond to three interconnecting research themes: 1. Dignity within digital innovation; 2. Living well in care systems and 3. Gender and sustainable care.


In addition to undertaking a doctoral research degree, the ESRs will engage in a series of collaborative research and training events to develop advanced skills and expertise in tackling challenges linked to innovations in dignified, sustainable care systems for older people. They will also participate in collaborative project groups to provide for example, analyses of national level statistical data, and to make full use of older peoples’ insights to lead care innovation.

It is a requirement of the funding that applicants cannot have spent more than 12 months in the country of the hosting institute in the 3 years immediately prior to 1 May 2020. Successful candidates will also need:

  • good verbal and writing skills in English and proficiency in the relevant language for the project (ie Swedish, Danish, Norwegian)
  • a Masters Degree with a minimum grade of B+/2.1 (for the Nord position, this will need to be equivalent to 120 ECTS points)
  • an excellent understanding of the challenges in leading sustainable dignified care
  • awareness and ability in an appropriate range of research methods, including an understanding of ethical requirements in research with older people
  • 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
  • to be an early career researcher with less than four years of research since graduation.
  • willingness and ability to undertake international and/or industrial placements and training events as and when appropriate.

For full details of what we are looking for, and the information we require from applicants, please take a look at the enclosed information.


Please note this is a fourth call for the Nordic area of ITN INNOVATEDIGNITY. More specific requirements for individual selection criteria and information on financial support and remuneration will be available at the shortlisted stage. 

Further details:

The University of Brighton is committed to equality and embraces diversity in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.  We welcome all applicants and are committed to providing a supportive and flexible working environment.

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