European Research Council

Research Grant - EOLinPlace - Process 775434

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    Universidade de Coimbra
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    14/01/2022 23:00 - Europe/London
    Portugal › Coimbra
    H2020 / ERC
    Grant Agreement 948609




University of Coimbra opens a call for a postdoctoral research fellowship, in the framework of the project “EOLinPLACE - Choice of where we die: a classification reform to discern diversity in individual end of life pathways” (Grant Agreement number: 948609), financed by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme – Starting Grants (grant agreement 948609) in the following conditions:


Scientific area: Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Palliative Care.


Skills/Qualifications/Admission requirements: We are seeking a well organized individual, with proven academic research and project management skills, an interest and understanding of the issues in research in end-of-life, who holds a relevant doctoral degree. Proficient skills in English and Portuguese, in Microsoft Office, ability to travel abroad, project and risk management skills including knowledge of data protection policies and ability to swiftly familiarise with new project management tools, and a proven track-record in ethics approval, research management and authorship of peer-reviewed publications are required. Successful experience in managing EC-funded projects, in palliative care research, in international research including low or lower-middle income countries, in the design and implementation of Data Management Plans and a relevant masters course are desirable. The position provides an excellent prospect to a well-organised and reliable person, who works well to tight deadlines and with others in a multicultural environment, to take an important role in an exciting new ERC Starting Grant project.


The recipient of the fellowship must cumulatively meet the requirements provided for in paragraph 3 of article 7 of the RBIFCT:

a) The doctoral degree obtained in the 3 years prior to the date of submission of the application;

b) Investigation be carried out in a host organization other than that in which the degree was obtained;

c) Research activities do not require post-doctoral experience;

d) The research activities have a development and execution term equal to or less than three years;

e) The fellowship holder does not exceed, with the conclusion of the fellowship contract in question, including possible renewals, an accumulated period of three years in this type of fellowship, consecutive or interpolated.

For the assessment of paragraph e) it is important the candidate(s) verifies(y) whether they have already held this type of fellowship under Regulation No. 950/2019, of December 16, as well as in the previous regulatory period, financed directly or indirectly by the FCT.


Work plan/ Objectives: The successful candidate will conduct R&D activities, supporting the scientific research and the implementation of the work plan of a project aimed to develop a strong foundation for an international classification tool that maps preferred and actual places towards death. The methods include international comparative analysis of classification systems and data on place of death, ethnography, focus groups with patients, carers and others stakeholders, longitudinal and validation studies, which will take place primarily in Portugal, the Netherlands, the United States of America and Uganda. She/he will help coordinate a group of international and multidisciplinary researchers, working alongside recognised expert leaders in this research field globally. She/he will join an academic group at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, with important research outputs in palliative care, and offering opportunities for career development.


The project

Dr. Barbara Gomes, Invited Associated Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, is leading an ERC Starting Grant: “EOLinPLACE - Choice of where we die: a classification reform to discern diversity in individual end of life pathways”, which starts in January 2022.

All humans die, >60% from a chronic disease. Whenever possible, this should happen where that individual feels it is the right place to be, so they feel empowered and safe. We know that most would prefer dying at home but many die in hospital. To help achieve preferences we must dig deeper. Until now, science has failed to capture the dynamics and diversity of preferences and places where people are cared for at the end of life. Current classifications of dying places are incomplete and inconsistent. This project is driven by the vision of reforming the way dying places are classified and understood, refining and shifting the focus from the end-point (place of death) to the pathway that precedes it. The aim is to develop a strong foundation for a pioneering international classification tool that maps preferred and actual places towards death grounded on what they mean for individuals (beyond a purely physical or medical view). To achieve this, we will combine classic methods of developing health classifications with a bottom-up participatory research approach, working with patient and family representatives. First, we will conduct a novel mixed-methods study (ethnography followed by longitudinal study) in four countries covering existing target variation, to explore nuances and commonalities in the experiences of patients with life-threatening conditions and their families. Based on this, we will build a contemporary classification and assess its content validity in focus groups with patients, carers and other stakeholders. We will then test it in varied settings to examine construct validity, reliability, responsiveness, data quality and interpretability. All data will be integrated to deepen understanding of different end of life pathways in caring environments and what influences them. Prompted by earlier discoveries by Dr. Barbara Gomes and her team on preferences and concern with unfit classifications for a fast-growing need in a changed social world with limited care resources, this research project will open new directions in how to care for the dying.

In line with the project’s objectives, the candidate selected for this research fellowship will also have the following tasks and responsibilities:

1. Provide academic input and work in specified parts of the project, including protocol design and methods, data collection, analysis (both quantitative and qualitative) and reporting.

2. Conduct literature searches and reviews to inform the project and keeping up to date with developments in the field of palliative care, share this information with colleagues and managers and facilitate best scientific methods for the project.

3. Support the day-to-day coordination of the project and communication between team members, partners and other stakeholders (these include patient and family caregiver organisations and an international project advisory group).

4. Assist in employee recruitment for the project, training and support as requested.

5. Assist in scheduling and monitoring project activities, outputs and budget spending in line with the project Grant Agreement, creating and maintaining databases and timelines on all activity against milestones (including ethics deliverables).

6. Help ensure all project reporting is completed and submitted in a timely manner in line with EC and UC requirements.

7. Help coordinate the design and implementation of the project Data Management Plan.

8. Contribute to data integration and writing interim and final reports (technical and/or financial and/or amendments).

9. Aid dissemination activities including project webpages and publications, and represent the project at meetings, providing feedback as requested and appropriate.

10. Organise and attend project meetings.

11. Closely support project team members and partners.

12. Help prepare reports to the project advisory group.

13. Provide any appropriate administrative support needed for the project as requested.

14. Maintain strict confidentiality of any patient / family / staff / other stakeholders information and work under the terms of the General Data Protection Regulation.

15. Any other duties consistent with the grade of the post. This may include undertaking ad hoc reports and representing the project.

16. Conduct all tasks in agreement with Dr. Barbara Gomes.


Regime: The attribution of the fellowship does not generate or entitle a relation of a legal-labour nature, and the fellowship is undertaken in an exclusive dedication regime. The fellowship holder is awarded the Fellowship Statute of the UC, in its current wording, according to the Research Fellowship Holder Statute , and according to the Regulation for Research Fellowships of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P., both in their current wording.


Location: Faculty of Medicine at the University of Coimbra.


Duration: 12 months.


Renewal: Potentially renewable.


Scientific orientation: Dr. Barbara Gomes.


Financial conditions: The amount of the fellowship is € 1.646,00 corresponding to the monthly compensation stipulated in the FCT table (https://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores.phtml.en), plus social security (Seguro Social Voluntário, first level contributions) and personal accidents insurance. The payment will be made by bank transfer. This amount will not be increased during the entire period of the fellowship duration.


Selection methods: Curriculum vitae - CV and interview with candidates scoring more than 40/60 in the CV evaluation.


Selection criteria:

Curriculum vitae - CV (60%) and interview (40%) with candidates scoring more than 40/60 in the CV evaluation


In the CV evaluation, we will consider the quality of the CV including the relevance of doctoral and masters degrees, language and computer skills, ability to travel abroad, project and risk management skills, proven track-record in ethics approval, research management and authorship of peer-reviewed publications, acquired skills in managing EC-funded projects, in international research including low or lower-middle income countries and in the design and implementation of Data Management Plans (45%) and the candidate’s interest/understanding/experience in palliative and end of life care (15%).

In the interview evaluation, we will consider the skills in research, management of projects and data, ethics, language, communication and team work skills, and any questions raised in the evaluation of the CV (25%) as well as the interest/knowledge/experience in palliative and end of life care (15%).


Jury responsible for selection: Doctor Barbara Gomes, Doctor Sílvia Lopes, Doctor Marjolein Gysels.


Formalization of application: The application must include the CV of the candidate, certificate of qualifications, a personal statement and two reference letters. We wish to appoint applicants to post in January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.


Declaration on the honor of the candidate(s) with the indication of the fellowship(s) of the typology to which the contest was held and the respective duration(s).


Applicants with academic degrees obtained abroad will be required to present a Certificate of Recognition in accordance with applicable law. This document is mandatory only in the contractualization phase.


Applications submission: Please send your application in a single PDF to stag.projectos@fmed.uc.pt quoting the reference EOLinPlace – Process 775434.


Submission of applications: Between 23/11/2021 and 14/01/2022.


Submission deadline date: 14/01/2022.


Additional information: The evaluation results will be announced within 90 working days after the end of the applications submission deadline, by notifying the applicants via email. After the announcement of the results, candidates are considered automatically notified to, if they wish to do so, comment on the results on a preliminary hearing period within 10 days after that date. After this, the selected candidates will have to declare in writing their acceptance. Unless a justification worthy of consideration is presented, if the declaration is not submitted within the referred period, it is considered that the candidate waivers the fellowship. In case of resignation or withdrawal of the selected candidate, the next candidate with the highest evaluation score will be notified immediately.

Once the selection process is completed, the fellowship contract will be drawn up in accordance with the draft contract provided by the FCT.

After the contracted period, the fellowship holder and supervisor must prepare the final report in accordance with the respective assessment criteria that were established.


Selection reserve list: A selection reserve list will be created for a period of 6 (six) months.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Universidade de Coimbra
Rua Larga

EURAXESS offer ID: 710994


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