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Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher

University of Sheffield - Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Sheffield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Refer to advert
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 20th November 2020
Closes: 4th December 2020
Reference: UOS026869

Contract Type: Fixed-term with a preferred start date of 1 April 2021 for three years.

Funding: £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.

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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