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 Health CASCADE 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 (ESR8) is part of work package (WP) 3 and aims to develop, implement and evaluate a school-based intervention to promote healthy behaviour in adolescents using a co-creation approach. The co-creation requires that the adolescents and other stakeholders are maximally involved in all phases of the research, including the development, implementation and evaluation. Two ESRs will closely work together to bring this project to a good end: this ESR specifically focuses on the implementation and evaluation of the intervention, whereas another ESR (ESR7) focuses on the development of the intervention. This ESR will need to select and apply the most optimal methodology for the implementation and evaluation (e.g. design, instruments, tools). The right implementers need to be selected, informed and trained and the evaluation should include both an effect and process evaluation and requires quantitative and qualitative methods. This co-creation project at school is one of the four settings in which co-creation will be conducted in real-life. Other settings are the workplace, the health care setting and the community. The co-creation at school will be inspired by an evidence-based co-creation methodology for health promotion and supported by digital tools, developed as part of WP1 and WP2. This iterative process of theoretical development and testing in real-life conditions requires a strong collaboration between all ESRs within Health CASCADE.

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:

  • Master’s degree in Health Promotion, Movement and Sports Sciences, Psychology, Communication Sciences, Sociology or other relevant master’s degrees (students in their final Master year can apply as well)
  • Fluent in Dutch (written and verbal)
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative research
  • Knowledge of health promotion
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • Flexible, open-minded and creative
  • Affinity with youth, secondary schools and/or school stakeholders
  • Practical experience in participatory or co-creation research is of added value
  • Practical experience in intervention implementation and evaluation is of added value

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 (, Prof. Benedicte Deforche ( and Prof. Greet Cardon ( Please mention “Application ESR8 ” in the subject line.

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