Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Post-doctoral Research Fellowship: MSCA-IF 2017 at the Department of Social Anthropology

    01/09/2018 12:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Granada
    International Project Office
    Promotion & Advisory Unit

Professor Nuria Romo-Avilés, from the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF) in this university. Applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (more information in the participant guide: http://sl.ugr.es/097k).

PAPA-ARTIS (URL http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/207446_en.html) is a five-year, multicentre Phase 2 clinical study funded by the Horizon 2020 program, to investigate prevention of paraplegia in aortic aneurysm repair. It is a collaboration 21 partners across 11 European countries and the United States of America, coordinated from the University of Leipzig. The main outcomes of the research program are clinical, focusing on the effectiveness of alternative surgical techniques and their safety in terms of avoiding paraplegia and other complications. Nevertheless, an important element of the research program is also to understand the economic and social implications of the techniques and the patient perspective. This economic, social and anthropological work program is coordinated from the University of Granada, Spain, and extending this cross-cutting work will be the focus of the MCSA Fellowship (see project description below).

The University of Granada has built up considerable expertise and reputation in both Health Economics and Social Anthropology of Health. Seven faculty members in the Department of Applied Economics specialise in health economics, and the department includes four pre-doctoral research fellows and several PhD students. The Social Anthropology department has 19 faculty members who teach and research across all the different fields of anthropology, from history to visual anthropology. The field research of particular interest to this project is that of medical anthropology, which looks at health from the social and cultural perspective. 

The applicant will be supervised by Nuria Romo-Avilés (Department of Social Anthropology) and supported by David Epstein (Department of Applied Economics). The project will focus on developing the use of mixed methods within randomised controlled trials. Mixed methods combine quantitative and qualitative methods to build a multidimensional picture of the impact of the clinical intervention on the patient, on health services and on wider society. The growing interest in the use of mixed methods reflects a realization that, to properly evaluate complex healthcare interventions, a cross-cutting approach drawing on methods from a range of disciplines may be required.  Mixed methods can inform all stages of a clinical trial, from design through to implementation, analysis and interpretation.

The candidate will benefit from the full support of the PAPA-ARTIS clinical trial partners. The trial protocol envisages creating a small focus group of patients. The candidate will build on and extend the qualitative evaluation in this trial, and to apply qualitative and mixed methods in other clinical studies. The candidate will be able to take advantage of existing collaborations and likely future ones between the sponsoring departments and external research entities. Both Department of Applied Economics and the Department of Social Anthropology have strong links to the nearby Andalucian School of Public Health. Faculty members in the department are currently working on several ongoing randomised controlled trials in partnership with the Regional Government and top-ranking Universities in the United Kingdom (Imperial College London and the University of York).

Both the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters offer Masters and PhD programs with weekly seminars.

Research Area:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor (nromo@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)