Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Researcher Post In Advancing Research And Training On Ageing, Place And Home ?Homeage

Masaryk University
February 17, 2023
Offerd Salary:€29 496
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The Dean of Faculty of Social Studies



Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Researcher Post in

Advancing Research and Training on Ageing, Place and Home – HOMeAGE

Working time: full time

Start date: 1 September 2023

Application deadline: 17 February 2023

All applications must be submitted by Friday 17th February at 5pm CET to

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Researcher Post in

Advancing Research and Training on Ageing, Place and Home –HOMeAGE

Ref. No. 75503

Applications are invited from suitable qualified candidates for a full time, fixed term position (36 months) as a Doctoral Researcher (DR) at the Department of Sociology, within the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. This position is one of 12 doctoral researchers being recruited as a part of a European-funded Marie Skłodowska- Curie Doctoral Network (DN) on Advancing Research and Training on Ageing, Place and Home – ‘HOMeAGE'. The successful applicant will be registered for a PhD at the Masaryk University, and will work on the topic of Ageing in unusual places and ageing out of place with Assist. Professor Lucie Vidovićová and Associated Professor Dr. Csaba Szaló at Masaryk University in collaboration with Jan Lorman (Gerontologický Institut, o.p.s.) in a role of external advisor and Prof. Dr. Frank Oswald (GUF) as a co-supervisor (see below information on secondments). Only applicants who have not been resident in the Czech Republic for more than 12 months in the three years preceding the start date are eligible for this post.


HOMeAGE involves a nine-country collaboration between leading research units, major intergovernmental organisations, international civil society actors and governmental and non-governmental organisations. HOMeAGE aims to institute an interdisciplinary, intersectoral, and international programme of doctoral training and research that drives the development of new leaders in excellence for the advancement of evidence-based innovation on ageing in place. HOMeAGE will address the three interconnected challenges of (1) needs and systems, (2) home and belonging and (3) rights and voice. The 12 Doctoral Researchers will be hosted across the network, and in addition to conducting an original research study they will participate in a 36-month network-wide training program, public engagement activities and collaboration with network members through short-term secondments in European intersectoral partner organisations.

About the post and the research project

This full-time post will be available, subject to funding, from September 2023 and offered on a fixed-term 36-month contract. This post benefits from a highly competitive and attractive salary, plus mobility and family allowances as applicable. Working as a part of the specific work package, the successful applicant will complete a research project on: Ageing in unusual places and ageing out of place . The objective of this research project is to investigate: (1) ageing in unusual/segregationist places: custodial (prisons), closed (friaries; nursing homes), transient (homeless shelters) sites and similar; (2) alternative meanings of home for these populations, addressing gender and diversity aspects of displacement; (3) how this analysis can be used to refine person-environment (P-E) models. It is expected that this project will involve intersectional approaches and in-depth narrative interviews. The successful applicant will complete two 4-month secondments. The first will take place at the Goethe University (GUF, Frankfurt am Main, Germany) which will expose the researcher to learning on P-E fit models and how they can apply to diverse settings. Secondment with Jan Lorman, (Gerontologický Institut o.p.s., Prague, Czechia) (4m) will expose the DR to advocacy and rights agendas relevant to ageing out of place. Expected outputs will include peer-review academic papers, and two policy briefs. More information on this and other HOMeAGE projects can be found at: www.

About the Department of Sociology at Faculty of Social Studies (KSOC FSS MU) and Centre for Research on Ageing (CERA)

The Department of sociology at Masaryk University was established in 1921 and it is one of the oldest sociological institutes in Europe. It is an academic institution with a longstanding tradition of social research, focusing on interconnecting research activities with educational ones. CERA Centre for Research on Ageing is a working group of the Department of Sociology at FSS MU and we research issues of age, ageing, and old age in sociological perspective. We have long been involved in study of the sociology of ageing, age discrimination, active ageing, and age mainstreaming. We participate in research projects for national and international institutions and provide consultations for implementation projects by state institutions and non-profit organisations. Our areas of interest include, but are not limited to, home, housing, and environmental issues, social and pension policies, the labour market, family and partnership, social exclusion, lifelong learning, and technology. We provide expertise in the fields of social, cultural, and environmental gerontology. We use both qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches and process policy analyses. We are a strong team with a high level of international and interdisciplinary cooperation.

See https: // www. and https: // for more information on our work.

Position Duties

We are seeking to hire a motivated and committed doctoral researcher with a strong interest in conducting original research on ageing and place. The successful applicant will:

  • Complete educational modules as required for the Structured PhD Programme at the Masaryk University.
  • Complete a research proposal for the work package, containing research objectives, description of research, methodology, proposed completion timeframe, originality of contribution and societal impact.
  • Participate in network-wide training events in the course of the project and complete any additional training required to successfully carry out the research proposal.
  • Adhere to and develop materials for HOMeAGE reporting and personal training requirements (e.g. Personal Career Development Plan; annual summaries of research findings; Impact Action Plan for societal impact).
  • Prepare and disseminate research findings, in academic journals and for relevant stakeholders.
  • Prepare regular research updates for the HOMeAGE website and social media accounts.
  • Prepare a manuscript for submission as a PhD thesis in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Masaryk University
  • Work with the PI in preparing funding proposals related to the DR's area of research.
  • Qualifications/Skills required:

    Candidates will be required to meet the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Researcher eligibility criteria (https: // marie-sklodowska-curie-, and criteria specific to this project.

    Essential Requirements:

  • At the time of application, applicants must not have already obtained a PhD;
  • At the time of application, applicants must not have resided in the Czech Republic for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the appointment;
  • A Masters degree and excellent track record of academic achievement; or a high honours standard in a relevant academic discipline at a bachelor degree level (level 8),
  • Demonstrable experience of conducting social research;
  • Evidence of the capacity to conduct qualitative research in real world settings is desirable.
  • Excellent online literature searching and retrieval skills.
  • Have excellent communications skills in English both written and verbal;
  • Ability to and commitment to producing scientific outputs for publication in peer reviewed journals;
  • Evidence of ability to work independently and collaboratively within an internationally diverse team;
  • Highly motivated, with excellent organisation skills and with strong attention to detail and quality.
  • Are willing to travel to attend secondments, training and academic events.
  • Willingness to improve the knowledge of Czech or Slovak language is highly welcome.
  • Employment permit restrictions apply for this category of post

    Salary : €29 496 per annum incl. Mobility Allowance as applicable and in line with the EC rules for Marie Skłodowska Curie Doctoral Networks 2021.

    Additionally, Family Allowance if applicable and in line with the EC rules for Marie Skłodowska Curie Doctoral Networks 2021.

    Start date : This position is funded by Horizon Europe under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Network programme

    and is available from 1st September 2023 to contract end date.

    Continuing Professional Development/Training :

    Researchers at the Masaryk University are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.

    For information on moving to the Czech Republic please see https: // www.

    To Apply : See recruitment guide and for informal enquiries please contact Assist. Professor Lucie Vidovićová at

    To apply for this post, applicants are asked for the following:

  • Completed application form;
  • Motivation letter (indicating why you wish to conduct this research project and why you believe you would successfully be able to complete this project);

  • Curriculum Vitae;

  • Certified transcripts of results of Masters' degree in relevant discipline.
  • Evidence of IELTS or TOEFL scores for non-native English speakers.
  • Evidence of any research/teaching experience; policy and practice experience in a related area; demonstrable teamwork skills.
  • 2,000 word research proposal in the following format:
  • Proposal format (not to exceed 2,000 words)

  • Background to the research proposal, objectives and main research question
  • Suggested word count: 600 words.

  • Methodology and proposed timeline for completion of research
  • Suggested word count: 1000 words.

  • Original contribution to knowledge of the proposed research (including potential for broader societal impact)
  • Suggested word count: 400 words.

  • Literature references (in author/date format)
  • Max. 20 references (not included in word count)

    All applications must be submitted via e-mail (PDF only) by

    Friday 17th February at 5pm CET to

    with reference number 75503 in subject line of e-mail application.

    The Masaryk University is an equal opportunities employer.

    All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment Further information also at: https: // information

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