Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Call for Expressions of Interest for MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships at Nord University: Clinical Nursing Research

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    17/05/2021 17:00 - Europe/Brussels
    HE / MSCA
    Norway, Bodø
    Nord University
    Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences

"Expressions of Interest" by 17 May 2021

The Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, Nord University, calls for expressions of interest from early career researchers to apply for an EU-funded Marie Skłodowska Curie Action Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSCA-PF-2021). We will then work with selected applicants to write their full proposal for the 15th September 2021 deadline. Details at: www.nord.no.

The faculty is especially interested to host and train post-doctoral fellows in the following subjects within clinical nursing research, patient and healthcare service user experiences in the healthcare system with the emphasis on the following topics:

  • Diseases:
    • Haemodialysis
    • Eating disorder
    • Covid-19
  • Care recipients:
    • Adolescent and young adults
    • Older adults
  • Aspects of care:
    • Ethics
    • Complex healthcare interventions
    • Transitions
    • Shared decision making
    • Patient and family perspectives
    • Medicines management by nurses
    • Multidisciplinary teamwork in medication safety

A combination of subjects is preferred, and related topics may also be considered. The current notion in the international research recognises the significance and the interplay between the diseases, care recipients, and care aspects in the health care system. In this respect, older people and young adults with chronic disorders and long-term mental health conditions are the centre of attention.

The Norwegian healthcare system has been founded on the principles of universal and decentralised access to high-quality healthcare at the community level and with the active participation of stockholders including patients, family members, and healthcare professionals. Accordingly, the community and healthcare authorities in various levels of care, as well as academic staff in universities closely collaborate to deliver high-quality care. Therefore, it is a good example of the provision of healthcare in the nearest place to patients’ own home. It has the capacity of being used as the blueprint by other healthcare systems across the globe for improving the quality and safety of care.

International researchers are expected to plan for conducting research on quality initiatives in this system in combination with their own healthcare backgrounds to synthesise knowledge and participate in the improvement of international healthcare through the reflection of evidenced-based knowledge to clinical practice. Given that the topics mentioned in this call for research have international significance in terms of ground for innovation and development, multidisciplinary collaborations for the implementation of research and data collection from various countries leading to high quality findings that can be applied to various healthcare disciplines and research areas are encouraged.

The candidates may want to address issues relating to:

  • Knowing the patient and family as individuals
  • Essential requirements of care
  • Tailoring healthcare services for each patient and family
  • Continuity of care and relationships
  • Enabling patient and families to actively participate in their own care

The successful candidate will, depending on topic and research questions be supervised by, one of the three professors Berit Støre Brinchmann, PhD, RN, Mette Spliid Ludvigsen, PhD, and Mojtaba Vaismoradi, PhD, RN. The candidate shall be a member of the faculty-based Clinical Nursing and Ethics research group.

Professor Brinchmann is an expert in empirical ethics studies and patient and next-of-kin perspectives. She has been involved in several research projects on multifamily therapy for young adults with severe eating disorders.

Professor Ludvigsen has published extensively internationally on transitions, adolescent and young adults, and patient perspectives. Ongoing research projects are exploring professional and patient and family relationships, and perspectives of among others adolescents and young adults and older adults. Research objectives are on involvement and co-creation and scoping and qualitative systematic reviews of transitions and transfers in different contexts as part of healthcare interventions.

Professor Vaismoradi is an international researcher that specifically works on patient safety and medicines management. He has a vast research experience in health care and improvement of well-being and quality of life at the community level.

Expected qualification of candidates

Candidates must have a PhD within nursing or the social or health sciences. We are primarily looking for experienced researchers who wish to use this period as an opportunity to further develop their research, and to develop longer term research collaborations with Nord University and other institutions conducting research in the field. The candidates must be eligible for a Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Besides good verbal and writing skills in English it is mandatory to be proficient in one of the Scandinavian languages (i.e. Norwegian, Danish, or Swedish).

We are looking for applicants who have:

  • Broad knowledge of nursing and/or health sciences
  • An excellent track record in research and publications in both qualitative and quantitative research traditions, necessary for being able to develop a competitive Marie Curie Fellowship application
  • An open and cooperation-oriented nature, with strong abilities for independent academic work.

MSCA PF eligibility criteria

  • MSCA PF are open to excellent researchers of any nationality.
  • Researchers must be in possession of a doctoral degree.
  • At the call deadline, researchers must have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date that the researcher was in a possession of a doctoral degree.
  • Mobility rule: The researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Norway for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the call deadline.

Assessment and selection of candidates

Please send a CV, including publications list and a one-page description of the project idea by 17 May 2021 to forskning.fsh@nord.no and vilija.duleviciute@nord.no

Administrative information on MSCA from Vilija Duleviciute, vilija.duleviciute@nord.no.

In the first step of the process we will choose the candidates for developing competitive MSCA-Postdoctoral grant applications. These qualified candidates will be invited to submit a proposal to the EU funded MSCA-PF programme. Applicants will be shortlisted by an internal panel and informed if they have been selected for the next stage within two weeks, by 21 May 2021.

There will be a training workshop for applicants at the end of May 2021 (preliminary workshop date: 27 May 2021).

The selected applicants will develop their MSCA-PF proposal in cooperation with their future supervisors at the Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences. In addition, they will be offered individual consultations and review of their MSCA-PF proposal.


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