PhD Student

Last application date
Apr 06, 2021 00:00
GE39 - Department of Public Health and Primary Care
Limited duration
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

For a European H2020 ITN project entitled “Health CASCADE: Evidence-based co-creation methodology for closing the implementation gap between knowledge and action in health promotion.”, three Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will be hired at Ghent University. The overall objectives of Health CASCADE are (a) to train the next generation of research leaders, (b) to advance co-creation into a rigorous scientific methodology with evidence-based methods, practices and supportive technologies, and (c) to develop a shared European cascading training system for evidence-based co-creation.

The website of this project will be online from mid-February (

The project of this ESR (ESR2) is part of the overarching Work Package (WP) 1 which has the aim to develop an evidence-based co-creation methodology. Within WP1, several ESRs will work on a specific foundation, including Theory and Ethics (WP1a), Methods (WP1b) and Implementation and Evaluation (WP1c). The project of this ESR lies within WP1a and focuses on ethical issues and ethical challenges related to co-creation. This ESR will work very closely together with ESR1 (based in Amsterdam), who focuses on the co-creation principles. Based on an extensive literature review, expert consultations and input from real-life co-creation studies, a guide with ethical considerations will be developed. This is important, as boundaries between researchers and research participants begin to fade in such research. It should be carefully considered, for example, how participants’ personal experiences are shared and reported and how their needs and expectations are balanced with the needs and expectations of the research centers. Specific attention will be given to equity (gender, ethnicity, etc.).

Job profile

Importantly, an ESR within a H2020 ITN project needs to fulfill following criteria:

a. You must

  • at the date of recruitment (July 2021 at the earliest)
  • be within the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and not have a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when you obtained the degree entitling you to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained, or in the country in which you are recruited), even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged.

b. This is a researcher mobility programme. Therefore, you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (e.g. work, studies) in Belgium "for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date” (July 2021 at the earliest). Requirements for this specific position are: o Master’s degree in Health Ethics, Health Promotion, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, or other relevant master’s degrees (students in their final Master year can apply as well). o Fluent in English (written and verbal) o Experience with qualitative research o Interest in theory development and ethics o Experience with participatory or co-creation research is of added value o Experience with (gender) equity is of added value o Affinity with health promotion

How to apply

Applications should include a CV, a motivation letter and study results. All documents should be sent via email to Prof. Maïté Verloigne ( and Prof. Benedicte Deforche ( . Please mention “Application ESR2 ” in the subject line.

Questions about this specific position can be sent to Prof. Maïté Verloigne (