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Research Fellowship | Project EOLinPLACE | Grant Agreement 948609 | 857241


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Universidade de Coimbra
Divisão de Projetos e Atividades (Bolsas)
Research Field
Researcher Profile
First Stage Researcher (R1)
Application Deadline
Type of Contract
Job Status
Hours Per Week
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
H2020 / ERC
Reference Number
Grant Agreement 948609
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description


University of Coimbra opens a call for one 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, in the following conditions:

Scientific area: Social Sciences; Health Sciences.

Skills/Qualifications/Admission requirements:

Applicants from a diverse scientific background holding a bachelor/first degree and a master degree in social and/or health sciences or other relevant areas to the project's research topic (i.e. palliative and end of life care) and with acquired research skills with a focus on qualitative research are invited to apply.

We are seeking a Dutch speaking individual, with excellent organisational and communication skills. Knowledge of the Dutch health care system, palliative care and applied ethics are desirable.

The grant will be contracted by the University of Coimbra (Portugal) but the selected candidate will work in the Netherlands, with office space at Leiden University Medical Center. Applicants will need to be enrolled in a PhD programme or have fulfilling requirements to attend a PhD programme in the Leiden Graduate School of Medicine.

Although the recipients must be enrolled in a cycle of studies leading to the attribution of an academic degree, at the time of application it is not necessary for the candidate to have made such an enrollment, and proof of enrollment must be presented until the fellowship is contractualized. Candidates are only required to meet the requirements to enroll in the training offer. If there are candidates already enrolled (including attending a course), they compete on an equal footing with those who are not enrolled.

Work plan/ Objectives:

The successful candidate will conduct R&D activities, supporting the scientific research and the implementation of the work plan of the EOLinPLACE project, aimed to create a solid base for the first international classification tool that maps preferred and actual places where people die (home, hospital, among others) in a way that is meaningful to individuals.


Duties of the successful candidate will include:

1) Provide academic input and work in specified parts of the project, with a focus on the qualitative ethnographic research which includes an ethical component – this is expected to be the focus of the candidate’s PhD dissertation.

2) Collect research data in the Netherlands (qualitative and quantitative), which include closely following patients (adults and children) in the last phase of their life, and their carers, to be able to chart how and where care is provided. The data also includes interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders, such as health care professionals, researchers, policy-makers, among others.

3) Contribute to data integration and writing of reports.

4) Publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals and aid dissemination.

5) Organise, attend and contribute to project meetings.

6) Collaborate with and support other team members and project partners.

7) Support in tasks associated with the research activities of the project (such as contact with different interlocutors).

8) Maintain strict confidentiality of any patient / family / staff / other stakeholders information and work under the terms of the General Data Protection Regulation and in line with the protocols of the project.

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

10) Conduct all tasks in agreement with Dr. Barbara Gomes (PI of project), Dr. Dorothea Touwen and Dr. Jenny van der Steen (local co-PIs in the Netherlands).

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: Dept. Medical Ethics and Health Law, Leiden University Medical Center and Faculty of Medicine at the University of Coimbra.

Duration: 12 months.

Renewal: Potencially renewable up to 4 years.

Scientific orientation: Dr. Barbara Gomes, Dr. Dorothea Touwen, Dr. Jenny van der Steen.

Financial conditions: The amount of the fellowship is € 1.953,65 corresponding to the monthly compensation stipulated in the FCT table (, plus doctoral tuition fees of up to €2,750.00 per year, 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 and Interview.

Selection criteria: CV (60%) and Interview (40%)

In the CV evaluation we will consider:

- quality of the CV including the bachelor/first degree and master courses (in social or health sciences or other relevant areas for the project research topic, i.e. palliative and end of life care), acquired social or health research skills with a focus on qualitative research, language and computer skills, willingness to travel abroad (75%)

- the candidate’s interest and understanding of the Dutch health care system, palliative care and applied ethics (25%).

Candidates will only proceed to the interview phase if they are successful in the Curriculum Evaluation.

There will be two rounds of interview. In interview round 1 we will interview candidates considering:

- Skills in research, with a focus on the handling of qualitative data, ethics, language, communication and teamwork skills, and any questions raised in the evaluation of the CV (25%);

- Interest and understanding of the Dutch health care system, palliative care, and applied ethics (25%).

In the interview round 2:

- we will ask the candidate to undertake a task relevant for the main duties and responsibilities of the post described above (25%);

- any questions raised in the evaluation of the interview round 1 (25%).

Jury responsible for selection: Dr. Barbara Gomes, Dr. Dorothea Touwen, Dr. Jenny van der Steen. The substitute member will be Dr. Andrea Bruno de Sousa.

Formalization of application: The application must include the CV of the candidate (in English), certificate of qualifications, a personal statement (in English) and two reference letters (preferably in English).

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: Applications must be submitted in

Submission of applications: Between 02/12/2022 and 23/12/2022.

Submission deadline date: 23/12/2022.

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.

Pursuant to subparagraph h) of Article 9 of the Portuguese Constitution, the University of Coimbra, as employer, actively promotes a policy of equal opportunities between men and women in access to employment and professional development, and acts to prevent each and every kind of discrimination.

Therefore, no one can be privileged, benefited, harmed or deprived of any right or immune from any duty on account of, in particular, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, family, economic situation, education, origin or social condition, genetic heritage, reduced work capacity, disability, chronic illness, nationality, ethnic or racial origin, territory of origin, language, religion, political or ideological beliefs and trade union membership.

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


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Universidade de Coimbra
Rua Larga
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Dept. Medical Ethics and Health Law, Leiden University Medical Center

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