Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN: 2 Early Stage Researcher Posts / PhD Student in dementia care and... (# of pos: 2)

Updated: 5 months ago
Deadline: 02 Jun 2019

Applications are invited for two posts to work with Doctors Manuel Franco and Henriëtte van der Roest as part of a European-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN), “DISTINCT”. Successful applicants will also register for a PhD at the University of Salamanca.

The DISTINCT (Dementia: Intersectorial Strategy for Training and Innovation Network for Current Technology) network comprises of ten world-leading research organisations plus IDES, an enterprise for technology, research and care, as well as nine partner organisations including Alzheimer Europe, Alzheimer’s Disease International, the World Occupational Therapists Federation, two other major universities and three other enterprises. DISTINCT works with INTERDEM (Early detection and timely INTERvention in DEMentia), a large international collaboration enabling training and development opportunities for all grades of researcher from PhD students to senior academics to develop capacity for future research in dementia care.

The overarching research goal of the DISTINCT project is to improve of the usability of technology in dementia care by evaluating its effectiveness and implementation issues in relation to social health. A total of 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will be hosted across the network and will work in research, a network-wide training program, public engagement activities and collaboration with network partners through short-term secondments in European industrial/academic partner laboratories. Candidates interested in more than one position need to apply separately to each centre hosting ESRs and a final decision will be taken together on the day of the interview. Details of all DISTINCT ESR projects can be found at:

These full-time posts will be available from October 2019 and are each offered on a fixed-term 36 month contract. Both posts benefit from a highly competitive and attractive salary, plus mobility and family allowances as applicable.

The two Valladolid and Zamora-based projects are: Technology for health and wellness coaching of older adults with dementia and their carers in rural areas (ESR7), and Use of a Mini Robot as a new approach for cognitive and social stimulation in home care (ESR 13). More information on the projects can be found at:

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