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Early Stage Researcher (ESR#8) in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN European Training Network AFFECTech: Personal Technologies for Affective Health

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    Universitat Jaume I de Castelló, Spain
    Psychological sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    30/04/2017 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Spain › Castellón de la Plana
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


We invite applications for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN Early Stage Researcher (MSCA-ESR) position, tenable for 3 years at Universitat Jaume I de Castelló, to start in July 2017.

The MSCA-ESR will work with Professor Cristina Botella’s research group (http://www.labpsitec.uji.es/esp/index.php ) on a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network entitled AFFECTech: Personal Technologies for Affective Health. This will involve research into designing and testing an online protocol supported by the use of mobile devices for the training of cognitive reappraisal, integrating physiological, experiential, and cognitive variables by means of ICT solutions. The research will also involve conducting clinical trials in order to test the efficacy and clinical utility of the designed ICT protocol and mobile devices. The successful candidate will be registered for PhD training while employed by the Universitat Jaume I de Castelló on a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network.

Among the expected tasks to be carried out, the candidate will work on functional specifications along with engineers to provide the clinical point of view for the development of the ICT-based devices. Besides, it is expected to test user feasibility and acceptance of the mobile applications. Several pilot studies will be carried out.

The contract is offered in conjunction with a PhD position at the Universitat Jaume I de Castelló, and will be subject to the ESR satisfying the University’s admissions requirements for PhD study.

The PhD student is required to spend two periods of secondments at AFFECTech partner Institutions, including Philips (Eindhoven, Netherlands) and PREVI (Valencia, Spain). These secondments will offer longer engagement with the private sector enabling the ESRs’ access to enterprise culture, blue-sky thinking with carry-over into research, problem-based learning, and knowledge transfer from academia to industry.


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The ESR shall be appointed with a full-time (37.5 hours/week) employment contract limited to 36 month according to the Spanish legislation and covered under the Spanish social security scheme.

The estimated start date is 1st September 2017.

The candidate will receive the basic Living Allowance for the ESR Fellowships which is about € 3,035.36 gross per month, a Mobility Allowance (€ 600/month) and a Family Allowance (€ 500/month for ESRs with family charges). Please note that contributions to social security (both employer and employee part) and taxes will be deducted according to the applicable regulations of Spain.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Applicants can be of any nationality.
  • Applicants must be Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs): at the date of recruitment, applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when the applicant obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited, even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged).
  • Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country they apply to (that is, Spain) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

Selection process

The following documents must be submitted with your application:

(a) Written documentation concerning prior education, including a certified copy of your Master certificate and list of grades (with certified translation for languages other than English, German, Spanish, Italian or French);

(b) A detailed curriculum vitae, including – if applicable – relevant publications;

(c) Evidence on English proficiency;

(d) A personal letter of motivation, indicating why you wish to conduct this research project offered by Universitat Jaume I, and why you expect that you will be able to complete the programme successfully;

(e) Names and contact details of three referees;

(f) Statement of adherence to the mobility rule;

(g) A copy of your identity card or passport.

Selection process

Applications will be evaluated for technical and eligibility requirements at the end for the application process.

The best applications overcoming those requirements will be shortlisted, and asked for further information, as well as for an interview.

The interview will be handled by teleconference (Skype or similar) and will be arranged at convenience of both parts.

If a face to face interview is to be considered necessary, the arrangements will be done trying to ease the access to the applicant.

Additional comments

Relevant academic and curricular background 0-40

Motivation statement 0-15

Relevant publications/work experience 0-20

Interview 0-25

Offer Requirements

    Psychological sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent


MSCA-ITN eligibility criteria

There are strict eligibility requirements for the ESR PhD positions in MSCA-ITN. Please ensure that you qualify before applying, as ineligible candidates cannot be considered. See Additional Info.

  • Required Education Level:
    • Degree in Psychology; training in clinical psychology. Completion of a Master Programme (focused on Clinical Psychology) is not required for application but the applicants should have a Master degree granted before 1st July, 2017.
    • Other Skills/Qualifications: Applicants should have experience in the use of neurophysiological tools and neuroimaging (including EEG and NIRS), should have experience in the application of the ICTs in particular virtual reality and telemedicine, in clinical psychology and clinical trials, and be familiar with the emotional regulation field. A preferential title is the previous knowledge of virtual reality hardware and software, and emotional regulation technologies, including biofeedback and biosensors.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Universitat Jaume I de Castelló, Spain
Castellón de la Plana
Av. Vicente Sos Baynat s/n

EURAXESS offer ID: 185134


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