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Type Job
Categories (tags) PhD
Dates 2020/11/18 - 2021/01/05
Address Sheffield University
Geolocation 53° 22' 53", -1° 29' 18"
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Tweet DL: 4th January 2021 - Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in #EMCA @sheffielduni @sheffunimdh working with Professor Chris Burton, in the Academic Unit of Primary Care and Dr Traci Walker in Human Communication Sciences.
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  • Job Reference Number: UOS026869
  • Job Title: Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher
  • Contract Type: Fixed-term with a preferred start date of 1 April 2021 for three years.
  • Working Pattern: Full-time
  • Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health
  • Department: Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care
  • Salary: Marie Curie
  • £37,967 per annum. This includes a non-pensionable Mobility Allowance of
  • £5,057 (available to all post holders). An additional Family Allowance is available to those in a legally recognised partnership.
  • Closing Date: 4th January 2021

Summary: This PhD studentship presents an exciting opportunity to join a European research network investigating the problem of persistent physical symptoms and the way that clinicians deal with them. During the studentship you will contribute to the development and evaluation of innovative training materials for clinicians and you will graduate with a PhD from the University of Sheffield.

The aim of this project is to plan, develop and evaluate a training package for medical students and doctors to provide person-centred explanations for Persistent Physical Symptoms which value the person’s experience and minimise stigma.

The research comprises 3 phases: understanding current practice, intervention development, and evaluation.

The research is funded as part of a Horizon 2020 (H2020) / Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN).

The network “ETUDE” will comprise 15 ESRs hosted at 11 academic and 19 partner organizations across 10 European countries.

The academic teams include clinical academics from a range of specialties, epidemiologists, psychologists, and linguists. The network will provide a highly multidisciplinary and intersectoral training for the ESRs, including short courses in advanced science and translational skills and network-wide training schools.

The post will be based in the Medical Education Department of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health at the University of Sheffield. The supervisors are Professor Chris Burton, in the Academic Unit of Primary Care and Dr Traci Walker in Human Communication Sciences. It includes planned secondments to the European Pain Network (Belgium) Radboud University Medical Centre, (Netherlands) and Grasshopper Films, (Germany).

You must have a first-rate academic record to date and be able to simultaneously consider the effects of clinical communication on stigma and the opportunities to change it using the emerging science of functional disorders from across the network. You should have a BSc (or equivalent experience) in a relevant social, psychological, or communication science and experience in or enthusiasm for using qualitative methodology(ies) to analyse naturally-occurring spoken data.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

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