PhD Fellowship in quality and safety in healthcare services

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Deadline: 02 Jan 2024

2nd January 2024

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Job description

The University of Stavanger invites applicants for three PhD Fellowships in quality and safety in healthcare services, at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Quality and Health Technology. The positions are vacant from 01.03.2024.

The positions are associated with SHARE - Center for Resilience in Healthcare, and the research project Support4Resilience (S4R): Strengthening resilience and mental wellbeing through the Support4Resilience toolbox for leaders in elderly care.

The research center SHARE was established in 2017 and is one of eight research centers at UiS. SHARE is based on long-term research into quality and safety in the healthcare service and is a strategically prioritized research area at the Faculty of Health Sciences. Collaborative partners in SHARE are the University of Stavanger, NTNU Gjøvik, and Oslo University Hospital. SHARE has an interdisciplinary profile with more than 70 researchers affiliated with the center. 


These are trainee positions that will give promising researchers an opportunity for academic development through a PhD education leading to a doctoral degree. The hired candidates will be admitted to the PhD program in Health and Medicine. The education includes relevant courses to about six months of study, a dissertation based on independent research, participation in national and international research environments, relevant academic communication, a trial lecture, and public defence. Read more about the PhD education at UiS on our website.

The appointment is for three year full time or four years with both research and 25% compulsory duties. This will be clarified in the recruitment process.


Research topic

The PhD Fellows will be affiliated with the following research project "Support4Resilience", which has received funding from the EU through the research and innovation program Horizon Europe. The aim of the project is to improve mental well-being and resilience in elderly care through the development and testing of digital tools for managers in the health service. The ever-increasing demand for health services due to, among other things, an aging population has created a need for qualified health workers, especially in the field of elderly care. European care for the elderly is experiencing a shortage of labor, a lack of qualified healthcare personnel, and a large imbalance between demands and available resources, which causes stress, burnout and reduced mental health and well-being among employees, managers, and informal caregivers. The imbalance between available resources and requirements in care for the elderly means that an increasing proportion of the elderly are cared for in their own homes by relatives.

The research project Support4Resilience will address several of these challenges and aims to strengthen resilience and mental well-being in employees and informal caregivers in European elderly care through the development, testing and evaluation of digital tools for managers. The tools will be tested in six European countries and will be adapted to different contexts and different parts of the services. The PhD candidates will, based on qualitative and quantitative data, identify barriers and factors that promote resilience, mental well-being and good working conditions in elderly care in Europe. Managers, employees, and informal caregivers make up the three target groups for the project, and the PhD projects must therefore start from one of these target groups. One PhD candidate will be hired for each of the research themes. When preparing a positioning note, the applicant is requested to outline one of the following target areas: 

Theme 1: Resilience and mental well-being among employees 
The candidate will primarily focus on the following subthemes: 1. The relationship between organizational resilience, mental well-being and working conditions among employees in elderly care. 2. Explore individual resilience factors among employees that can inform the development of support structures at organizational level. 3. Identify the imbalance between demands and resources that employees in elderly care experience across different health systems in the EU. 

Theme 2: Resilience and mental well-being among managers 
The candidate will primarily focus on the following subthemes: 1. Exploring the relationship between organizational resilience, mental well-being and management strategies among managers in aged care. 2. Identify management strategies that contribute to improving the working conditions for employees and promote the involvement of informal caregivers in elderly care. 3. Identify the imbalance between demands and resources that managers in elderly care experience across different health systems in the EU. 


Theme 3: Resilience and mental well-being among informal caregivers 
The candidate will primarily focus on the following subthemes: 1. The relationship between organizational resilience, mental well-being and quality of life for informal caregivers in elderly care. 2. Explore individual resilience factors among informal caregivers that can inform the development of support structures at organizational level. 3. Identify the imbalance between demands and resources that informal caregivers experience in elderly care across different health systems in the EU.


Project plan

As an applicant, you must prepare a short project plan for a doctoral project, including your own motivation for the position. The project must be adapted to the Support4Resilience project and define the structure, relevance, and theoretical and methodological approach. In the project plan, you start from one of the three research themes/target areas outlined above.The plan should be written in Norwegian or English and is considered a mandatory attachment that will be included in the competence assessment.

The project plan should not exceed more than 2-3 pages. During the first three months of the employment period, the project outline and progress plan will be further developed in collaboration with the supervisors and designed into the final project plan for the PhD project.


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Qualification requirements

We are looking for applicants with a strong academic background who have completed a five-year master’s degree (3+2) within Health Sciences or Social Sciences, preferably acquired recently; or possess corresponding qualifications that could provide a basis for successfully completing a doctorate.

Applicants with an education from an institution with a different grade scale than A-F, and/or with other types of credits than sp/ECTS, must attach a confirmed conversion scale that shows how the grades can be compared with the Norwegian A-F scale and a Diploma Supplement or similar that explains the scope of the subjects that are included in the education. You can use these conversion scales  to calculate your points for admission.


You must have a good command of both oral and written Norwegian or another Scandianvian language, upon accession. 

Emphasis is also placed on your:

  • motivation and potential for research within the field
  • professional and personal skills for completing the doctoral degree within the timeframe
  • ability to work independently and in a team, be innovative and creative
  • ability to work structured and handle a heavy workload
  • having a good command of both oral and written English

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We offer
  • a PhD education in a large, exciting and societally important organisation
  • an ambitious work community which is developing rapidly. We strive to include employees at all levels in strategic decisions and promote an informal atmosphere with a flat organisational structure.
  • colleague-based guidance programme (NyTi ) if teaching is a part of your position
  • salary in accordance with the State Salary Scale, l.pl 17.515, code 1017, NOK 532 200 gross per year with salary development according to seniority in the position. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund , which provides favourable insurance- and retirement benefits
  • favourable membership terms at a gym and at the SIS sports club at campus
  • employment with an Inclusive Workplace organisation which is committed to reducing sick leave, increasing the proportion of employees with reduced working capacity, and increasing the number of professionally active seniors
  • "Hjem-jobb-hjem" discounted public transport to and from work
  • as an employee in Norway, you will have access to an optimal health service, as well as good pensions, generous maternity/paternity leave, and a competitive salary. Nursery places are guaranteed and reasonably priced
  • relocation programme
  • language courses : On this page you can see which language courses you may be entitled to (look up “language courses” under employment conditions)

Diversity

We consider diversity as a resource in our work and learning environment, and we are committed to respecting each other's differences and backgrounds.

Universal design characterises physical and digital learning environments, and we strive to provide adjustments for employees with disabilities.

You are encouraged to apply regardless of gender, cultural background, disability, or if you have been without employment for a period of time.


If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, gaps in their CV, or immigrant backgrounds, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these groups for an interview. If you fall into any of these categories, feel free to indicate it when applying for the position.

Learn more about the criteria for being considered an applicant in these specific groups here .

The university aims to recruit more men within the subject area. If several applicants are considered to have equal qualifications, male applicants will be given priority.


Contact information

Information about the appointment and project plan can be obtained from coordinator of the Support4Resilience project and Professor Siri Wiig, tel: 0047 51834288/ 0047 90511290, e-mail: [email protected] , Associate professor Hilda Bø Lyng, tlf: 0047 97163928, e-mail: [email protected] or Department Manager Nina Hjertvikrem, e-mail: [email protected] .

Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR-advisor Annette Lothe Molnes, e-mail: [email protected], tel: 0047 51831361.


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Application

To apply for this position please follow the link "Apply for this job". Your application letter, relevant education and work experience as well as language skills must be registered here. In your application letter, you must state your research interests and motivation for the position.

The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application:

  • project proposal, a project proposal template can be found here . 
  • CV with a full summary of your education and experience
  • references, certificates/diplomas and other documentation that you consider relevant
  • Diploma Supplement or similar and a confirmed conversion scale if this is required
  • documentation on competence in English if this is required
  • publications or other relevant research work

Applications are evaluated based on the information available in Jobbnorge at the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above and that you have attached the necessary documentation. 

The documentation must be available in either a Scandinavian language or in English. If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before upload.

Please note that information on applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants - see Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act . If your request is not granted, you will be notified.

UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in Jobbnorge.


General information

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. If your application is considered to be in conflict with the criteria in the latter legislation, it will be rejected without further assessment.

Employment as PhD Fellow is regulated in "Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow and research fellow, research assistant and resident ".

Your qualifications for the position, based on documentation registered in Jobbnorge, will be assessed by an internal expert committee. Based on the committee's statement, relevant applicants will be invited to an interview before any recommendations are made. References will also be obtained for relevant candidates. More about the hiring process on our website.


The appointee will be based at the University of Stavanger, with the exception of a stay abroad at a relevant centre of research.

It is a prerequisite that you have a residence which enables you to be present at/available to the academic community during ordinary working hours.

The position has been announced in both Norwegian and English. In the case of differences of meaning between the texts, the Norwegian text takes precedence.


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UiS - challenge the well-known and explore the unknown

The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 12,000 students and 2,200 employees. The university has high ambitions. We strive to have an innovative and international profile, and be a driving force in knowledge development and in the process of societal change. Our common direction is driven by consideration for green and sustainable change and equitable social development, through new ways of managing natural resources and facilitating better cities and local communities. Energy, health and welfare, learning for life are our focus areas.
In constant collaboration and dialogue with our surroundings, regionally, nationally and internationally, we enjoy an open and creative climate for education, research, innovation, dissemination and museum activities. Academic life at the University of Stavanger is organised into six faculties comprising various departments/schools and National Research Centres, as well as the Museum of Archaeology. We are a member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university is located in the most attractive region in the country with more than 300,000 inhabitants. The Stavanger region has a dynamic labour market and exciting cultural and leisure activities.
Together with our staff and students we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.


The Faculty of Health Sciences offers bachelor’s programmes in Nursing and in Paramedic, master’s programmes in Health Sciences with specializations in Midwifery, in Public Health Nursing, in Drug Abuse and Mental Health, in Prehospital Services and in Nursing with specializations in Anesthesia, Intensive Care or Surgical Nursing, and a continuing education programme in Cancer Nursing. The faculty further offers research education (PhD) in Health and Medicine and the research school PROFRES – National Research School for Professions-Oriented and Practice-Relevant Research in the fields of Health, Welfare and Education. The Faculty of Health Sciences has the following main research areas: Professional Relations in Welfare Professions, Health Promotion in Chronic Ailments, E-learning, Health Technology and Simulation, Life Phenomena and Caring, and Participation in School and Work. The research centre SHARE – Centre for Resilience in Health Care are also part of the faculty. There are currently 250 employees including students and postdocs, and 1,400 students at The Faculty of Health Sciences. 

The faculty further offers research education (PhD) in Health and Medicine and the research school PROFRES – National Research School for Professions-Oriented and Practice-Relevant Research in the fields of Health, Welfare and Education. The Faculty of Health Sciences has the following main research areas: Professional Relations in Welfare Professions, Health Promotion in Chronic Ailments, E-learning, Health Technology and Simulation, Life Phenomena and Caring, and Participation in School and Work. The research centre SHARE – Centre for Resilience in Health Care are also part of the faculty. There are currently 250 employees including students and postdocs, and 1400 students at The Faculty of Health Sciences.
The department´s main objective is to facilitate high-quality care for patients and user in healthcare services. The department's scientific profile is focused on patient safety, health technology, patients' rights, and the involvement of service users, patients, and next of kin. Overall, the department emphasise an interdisciplinary approach, featuring engagement from students, patients, users, and healthcare professionals in all core activities. There are currently 105 employees, including research fellows and postdocs, at the departement. Competence among department staff spans all levels of healthcare services.


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Deadline

2nd January 2024


Employer

University of Stavanger


Municipality


Stavanger


Scope

Fulltime (3 positions) Fulltime (%)


Duration

Fixed Term


Place of service
Ullandhaug, 4021 Stavanger

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