10 PhD positions in MSCA Innovative Training Network on "cRitIcal Solutions for Elderly WELL-being - RISE-WELL"

RISE-WELL (www.rise-well.eu) is a Marie Skłodowska Curie Innovative Training Network funded by the European Commission. We are an established team of 4 academic and 3 industrial partner organizations from 4 European countries specialized on mental health, emotional well-being, elderly, sensors networks, social integration etc.

The selection process has already started in March 2020, so we invite all candidates to send your application as soon as possible. We intend to recruit all ESRs by February 2021.

We are looking for highly motivated and talented PhD students holdinga Master's degree or Bachelor's degree (UK) in social and scientific fields like.

Excellent command of spoken and written English, communication skills as well as team spirit are essential. We are offering a competitive, interdisciplinary environment with a track record of intense mutual collaboration. In addition to the individual training-through-research our programme includes further elements such as workshops, summer schools, internships and secondments to the partners’ laboratories. All ESRs will benefit from joint (academic and industrial) supervision, ensuring the successful completion of their Individual Research projects.

The following eligibility rules apply for participation in a Marie Skłodowska Curie Innovative Training Network:

Applicants must be in the first 4 years after obtaining their Master´s degree and must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the host country for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.

In addition, local regulations of the host countries may apply. The salary is based on standard living, mobility and family allowances which are adapted to the respective country of recruitment. The fixed contract will be for all ESR of max. 36 months.

Application details

The following positions are available:

TECO Biosciences GmbH, Germany

PI - Nadja Prang

ESR1 -Monitoring of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the elderly using novel AA methodologies

Percuros B.V., The Netherlands

PI - Alan Chan

ESR2 - Presentation of biomarkers / profiles which are indicative of age-related decline in immunity (immunosenescence) in correlation with cognitive tests

Leiden University Medical Centre, The Netherlands

PI - Luis Cruz Ricondo

ESR3 - The application of novel progressive visual analytical modelling tools to study affective dynamics and SWB for improved real-time intervention

Leiden University Medical Centre, The Netherlands

PI - Prof. Boudewijn Lelieveldt

ESR4 - Provision for training of community health workers in relation to the use of new wearable technologies to supporting the elderly

Technical University of Zvolen, Slovakia

PI - Magdalena Pichlerova

ESR5 - The natural environment, ageing and cognitive function

Technical University of Zvolen, Slovakia

PI - Magdalena Pichlerova

ESR6 - Residential and environmental effects on physical and mental health of the elderly

University of New Castle upon Tyne, UK

PI - Dr Annette Pantall

ESR7 - An intelligent multi-sensor based personalized risk assessment system of elderly gait and stability

University of Northumbria, UK

PI - Dilek Onkal

ESR8 - Improving the accuracy of an activity recognition system for elderly people in assisted living

University of New Castle upon Tyne, UK

PI - Dr Annette Pantall

ESR9 - A mHealth system of interconnectivity comprised of WBASN to support activity recognition and medical applications

Innoso B.V., The Netherlands

PI - Dr Venetka Agayn

ESR10 - Relation between food and wellbeing in elderly population

For more specific information about the vacancies, you can click here: RISE-WELL Job vacancies.

If you want to apply for one of the position please read the basic eligibility criteria first and send your application to jobs@rise-well.eu providing all required information (incl. the ID of the position like "RISE-WELL ESR ##" as reference).

Mental health and emotional well-being during old age (60+) should be regarded as important as at any other time of a persons’ life. Older people are more likely to experience events that affect emotional well-being, such as bereavement or disability.


Unfortunately, mental health problems are under identified in older people, whom themselves are also less likely to seek help as compared to other people in the population. It is estimated that over the next 30 years, the proportion of elderly people (aged 60 or above) is estimated to increase from 12% to 22%. This would mean that there is expected to be 2 billion people of 60+ by 2050 in absolute terms. Older people are confronted with a variety of physical and mental health challenges and unfortunately these are not always, if indeed at all, thoroughly addressed. If we only focus on the mental health issues, then more than 20% of adults aged 60+ suffer from a mental disorder and 6.6% of all disabilities that occur is attributed to those same disorders. The disability caused by mental disorders account for 17.4% of a persons' living years.

The assessment of our elderly population, with respect to mental health, therefore requires an understanding of the full spectrum of the mental health continuum, and not to categorise everything into a ‘neurological disease’ or ‘dementia’ category. In articular, we would need to dissect the complex interaction between specific medical conditions, mental stress as part of the ageing process and social circumstances.

To be able to offer effective support to tacking this issue, our project aims to carry out three important objectives:

a) to implement novel scientific and technological innovations, including strengthening of information systems,

b) to initiate care strategies for the short-term, including lifestyle interventions and promotions, to improving the quality of life of older people and

c) to build a sustainable long-term infrastructure for elderly care.

We will provide a structured 3-years cutting-edge PhD training programme in and beyond the fields of health services, sensor networks, diagnostic tools, ageing and health social policies, social integration etc.