PhD Position in European Training Network on Informal Care

University of Twente


Job description

PhD position in the European

Training Network on Informal Care

(deadline February 1, 2020)

ENTWINE is a 4-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovation Training Network (ITN), funded by the European Union and started as of September 2018. The Network will train 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) for high quality PhD training:

Mostly due to increased longevity and medical advances, the needs of older/ill individuals for long-term care rise rapidly while the availability of informal caregivers decreases. Informal caregivers are those who provide unpaid care to a relative or friend with a chronic illness, disability or other long-lasting health or care need. This “Care Gap” will create huge problems for the sustainability of European health care systems that rely heavily on the provision of informal care.  

The aim of ENTWINE’s team is to investigate broad spectrum of challenges in informal caregiving and issues concerning the development and use of innovative psychology-based and technology-based interventions that support willingness and opportunity to provide informal care. The focus is on overcoming barriers following a user-centered, stakeholder-driven implementation and agile science approach to promote the adoption and implementation of innovative solutions to support informal caregivers. ENTWINE represents a stepping-stone towards sustainable informal care throughout Europe. 

ESR12: Development and implementation of Smart Solutions

Since ESR12 is going make use of the developments in several other ESR projects (See ESR’s: 6, 8, 9 and 11), she/he has ideally some understanding of topics in these projects and she/he must have excellent skills of connecting people and building relationships. The ESR will develop skills through a combination of courses, seminars and research activities (i.e. including data collection, analyses and syntheses) in order to develop a methodology for successful implementations of eHealth technologies. The ESR will build upon a systematic review to understand what kinds of implementation models and systems have been used to implement technology to support Informal care. The current position is available due to a change in the personal situation of the current person. The ESR will have 36 months to complete the PhD project, considering a start as soon as possible. A paper or publication related to implementation of eHealth is a recommendation. 

Your profile

  • We are seeking highly motivated persons with an excellent background and a MSc. degree in for example health informatics, health sciences, psychology and health technology, health technology assessment, value based healthcare and related fields. Your educational background matches the educational requirements of the ESR position (see
  • You are an Early Stage Researcher, meaning at the time of recruitment by the host organization, you shall be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • The positions are open to all nationalities. However, your application complies with the European Commission’s mobility rule. This means that at the time of start by the host organization, you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the start of the employment contract (expected 1 March or April 2020). Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
  • We need applicants with strong English language proficiency.

Enquiries can be made to Prof dr. J. van Gemert-Pijnen (, University of Twente; Prof dr. R. Sanderman (, Dr. N. Beerlage-deJong ( Submit your application online before 31th January 2020.

Please find all information about the application in the Application Guide on: ecruitment.

Only applications that are submitted according to the procedures described in the Application guide, that are complete, in English and that have been submitted before the deadline will be considered eligible.

Our offer

As a PhD candidate, you will be appointed on a full-time basis (38 hours) for a period of three years. The gross monthly salary for a PhD increases from € 2.325,- in the first year to € 2.972,- in the final year (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). In addition to the attractive salary that comes with generous social security benefits, the position offers the tuition waiver and the conference travel budget. Our Graduate Research School provides a structured PhD program (clear planning, supervision agreements and career development and support).

The organization

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences
The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) strives to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. Through 'social engineering' these technological advances are embedded in society befitting human needs and behaviour, within proper public and private management and business structures. For this the faculty of BMS upholds high quality disciplinary knowledge in psychology, business administration, public administration, communication science, philosophy, educational science and health sciences. All with a focus on the challenges in society. Research is strongly connected to our institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

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