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PhD in Geographies of health and wellbeing - Evaluating the role of citizens in gamified experiences for understanding social determinants of health


Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
Luxembourg Luxembourg Health Informatics Human Geography Geography Nursing & Health Sociology Social Geography

About the Programme

The Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) brings together expertise from the humanities, linguistics, cognitive sciences, social and educational sciences. People from across 20 disciplines are working within the Faculty. Along with the disciplinary approach a very ambitious interdisciplinary research culture has been developed.

Your Role

The SURREAL consortium invites highly qualified and motivated applicants for an ESR position within the framework of the Innovative Training Networks (ITN) action «SURREAL - Systems approach of URban enviRonmEnts and heALth», which was has been awarded under the Horizon 2020 - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action of the European Commission. 

Your Profile

Required Diploma:

  • Master’s degree in geography, sociology, or other urban related degree with at least an equivalent of an upper second class honours in your bachelor’s degree.
  • Potentially students with a degree in human computer interaction and cognition will also be considered if they can demonstrate understanding/interest in social sciences

Required Research Experience:

  • Excellent knowledge of theories in geography, citizen science, public health or urbanization and/or socioeconomic inequalities
  • Interest in the impact of urbanization on health from the perspective of citizens
  • Interest in the use of location-based games as tools for reflection

Knowledge of mixed method approaches in geography.

Eligibility: If you are interested in this ESR project, you are required to:

·      be working exclusively for the action; AND

·      not have resided AND not have carried out your main activity (work, studies) in Luxembourg for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date; AND

·      be — at the date of recruitment — in the first four years of your research career and not have a doctoral degree. Considered is: time spent as FTE research experience, measured from the date when you obtained the degree entitling you to embark on a doctorate even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged.

·      An exciting, multi-disciplinary and international research environment with ample opportunities for exchange with scholars from related disciplines at the universities and research institutes in the consortium, as well as with the local partner organizations and local stakeholders;

  • A creative, entrepreneurial, innovative and holistic training environment consisting of:
  • Individual Research Projects (IRP), providing excellent supervision and mentoring with academics and non-academics;
  • Structured local training programs, comprising specific training courses in research-related skills and well as training in complementary skills, offered on the basis of a Personal Career Development Plan;
  • Network-wide activities, i.c. 3 Network Schools, in Utrecht, Paris and Barcelona;
  • Secondments, i.c. at least two inter-sectoral secondments to participants within the SURREAL Network;
  • Collaborative learning in practice (CLiP), allowing to engage continuously with and learn from working in real urban health intervention situations;
  • Career development modules, i.c. the use of Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) and how to effectively employ the RDF Planner as basis for a Personal Career Development Plan (PCDP);
  • Additional training and networking opportunities through participation in international conferences.

Further Information

Please submit your complete application via the email address or platform indicated in the project(s) you wish to apply for, until Monday April 19, 2021, unless a different date is indicated in the project description.

The following documents are required:

  • Copy of your ID
  • Letter of motivation
  • A note suggesting specific research questions related to the project's theme (1/2 A4)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of the highest diploma. The minimum requirement is a diploma qualifying for doctoral studies in the recruiting country (e.g. Master degree). Students in their last year may apply but can only be recruited upon successful graduation
  • Contact details of two referees (no recommendation letter)
  • Writing sample (e.g. student’s paper or chapter thesis) preferably in English

Applicants can apply for up to 4 Individual ESR Research Projects, indicating their order of priority. https://surreal-itn.eu/

Selected applicants will be called for an interview.

Please apply ONLINE formally through the HR system.

The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.


Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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