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PhD Candidate (Early Stage Researcher) for EuroAgeism project

Geplaatst: 13-07-2018
Sluitingsdatum: 14-08-2018
Eindhoven (Noord-Brabant) 
Ondersteunend / Staf, Onderzoek / Lector 
min. 0,9 fte, max. 1 fte 
max. 10 (€2.638,45 - €3.994,25) 


Are you a young ambitious researcher (living outside The Netherlands) and interested in co-design with older people in order to improve health-care?

The EuroAgeism project

Europe has a societal mandate to lead research and policy in the field of ageism.
EuroAgeism is dedicated to the direct dissemination of research findings to policy stakeholders and the public in order to decrease ageism in everyday life, as well as in in clinical and in social practice.
This PhD project will address the quality of the interaction between older people and their professionals providing healthcare services (for instance, diagnosis and treatment or coaching activities) and products (technologies used for treatment and activities of daily living). Co-creation and co-design between recipients and providers will be used to improve healthcare services and products. This project focuses on older residents of Dutch nursing homes and older recipients of allied health care as main target groups. In this project, in addition to general nursing homes and healthcare technologies, there is a particular focus on services and products used in the context of physiotherapy and/or orthopaedic (shoe) technologies (rehabilitation). The project will require a practical approach and encompasses extensive collaboration with various stakeholders, including older people themselves.

More information: http://euroageism.eu/

Who are we looking for?  

The early-stage researcher is expected to study how ageism affects the design of healthcare services and products, and how collaboration between older clients/residents and (future) allied health care professionals, by co-creating care services and products, can lead to better outcomes. The current practices in service design (especially for physiotherapy and/or orthopaedic engineering) are studied in relation to ageism, and methods for inclusion of older people in co-creation sessions are explored. In a number of case studies, the methods to promote inclusion and overcome ageism in co-design are studied and described in detail from the perspective of the various stakeholders involved in the design process. 

Affinity with nursing home residents and older recipients of allied health care services is expected. Social as well as scientific skills are a prerequisite. Knowledge of ageism, allied health care and technology are crucial in order to interact with all parties involved.

Fontys University cooperates with Tilburg University, Tranzo, School of Social and Behavoural Sciences (https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/research/institutes-and-research-groups/tranzo/), to award a Ph.D. degree.


Fontys offers its employees excellent development opportunities. We include 'Inspiring growth through attention and challenge as our starting point, in the same way that we do with our students. We challenge our employees to develop their talents. Fontys provides excellent primary and secondary employment conditions, including a wide range of career and development opportunities, an extensive activities package to promote a healthy and active lifestyle (Fontys Fit), an end-of-year bonus and a number of collective insurances. In addition, Fontys offers flexible working hours and leave regulations.


The Bachelor of Physiotherapy in Dutch and English, Speech therapy, Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy, Podiatry and Orthopedic Technology come together in one department, “the Fontys Paramedische Hogeschool” (FPH; translated as Fontys Paramedical University of Applied Sciences).

FPH places big emphasis on cooperation. Students and lecturers can use each other's' experiences. The diverse backgrounds of those working together in FPH is unique in the Netherlands. In total FPH has 1,700 students and 150 employees. The physiotherapy department has about 600 students.

Employees of FPH work together in self-managing teams who are responsible for the education of particular groups of students. Within the first 2.5 years of the course, the basic skills needed to become a bachelor level physiotherapist are taught. Attention is divided between the theoretical background and practical skills training, including contact with patients. Two self-managing teams are responsible for the first 2.5 years of physiotherapy education. During the 3rd and 4rd years the students can decide to specialise in one of the 3 following streams linked with physiotherapy: interprofessional collaboration, technology and self-management.

Functie eisen

Education and background:

  • Bachelor in physiotherapy or orthopaedic technology (preferred) or other relevant education within the domain of allied health care professions;
  • Relevant Master degree;
  • 3-5 years of experience as a researcher. Preferably within the domain of health care/ allied health care/ elderly/ co-design;
  • Basic mastery of the Dutch language is pre-conditioned, since target groups only can communicate in Dutch. Apart from that, you should have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English;
  • The researcher is not allowed to have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc) in The Netherlands for more than 12 months in the past 3 years;
  • Ability of spending a period at a beneficiary’s or a partner organisation's premises.


Temporary PhD contract CAO HBO for 3 years (with possibilities for 1 year extension).

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