2 junior researchers (PhD students), each for 4 years - 1 post-doc, for 2 years

Louvain-La-Neuve

 

DI-PRESCRIBE is a new research project funded through the ‘Coordinated Research Projects’ call at UCLouvain (Actions de Recherche Concertées, ARC). Its overall aim is to to advance the understanding of Deprescribing Implementation in order to decrease medication overuse in older people, and improve health and quality of life. DI-PRESCRIBE will consider all 3 levels of the health care system that influence implementation,i.e. patient/caregiver, health care professionals, and system/policy levels) and all 3 settings of care where deprescribing can occur, i.e. ambulatory care, acute care, and long term care. Key stakeholders will be engaged throughout the research process.

 

A highly interdisciplinary and expert research team

We offer the opportunity to work within a multidisciplinary research team and a dynamic environment. The Principal Investigators are:

  • Prof Anne Spinewine, coordinator: Clinical Pharmacy Research Group at the Louvain Drug Research Institute, and chief clinical pharmacist at CHU UCL Namur, Godinne;
  • Prof Marie de Saint Hubert: geriatrician at CHU UCL Namur, and Health and Society Research Institute;
  • Prof Jean Macq – Public Health, Health and Society Research Institute;
  • Prof Stephan Van den Broucke – Health Psychology, Psychological Sciences Research Institute.

We will also work in close collaboration with Prof Sandy Tubeuf (health economic research component) as well as with two Canadian experts in implementation science (Prof Jeremy Grimshaw and Dr Andrea Patey, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, OHRI).

 

We are recruiting!

For this project, we are looking for:

    • 2 junior research fellows, each for 4 years
    • 1 postdoctoral research fellow, for a duration of 2 years

Starting date: September 1, 2022.

Research will be conducted at UCLouvain Brussels Woluwe and Louvain-la-Neuve (convenient and rapid commute with public transport).

Detailed description is provided for each profile below.

Interested?

The offer is also available at : https://uclouvain.be/en/research-institutes/ldri/vacant- positions-0.html

 
   

 

Junior research fellow #1

Candidate Profile

  • You have – or will have by August a master degree in the field of health psychology or public health.
  • You have a good understanding and experience in at least one of the following domains: statistical procedures, qualitative research methods, health care systems organisation.

  • You have a very good command of French and English, written and spoken (or willing to quickly reach very good command)
  • You are able to work in a team and in an interdisciplinary way;
  • You are independent, and you are able to plan and prioritise;
  • You are inventive, creative and adapt easily to changing circumstances;
  • You have good writing skills;
  • You are willing to engage in a doctoral research process

 

Job description

As a PhD student, your research activities will mainly include:

  • Performing a systematic review of the use of different theories/models/frameworks to

understand patients’ and informal caregivers’ determinants of deprescribing (year 1)

  • Developing and validating a questionnaire measuring the determinants of patients’ and

caregivers’ deprescribing behaviour; and a short version for use in clinical practice (years 1-2)

  • Performing a mixedmethod process evaluation embedded in a full hybrid effectiveness implementation trial that focuses on benzodiazepine deprescribing (years 3-4)

 

Benefits: Doctoral research fellowship, full-time for a duration of 4 years.

 

Junior research fellow #2

Candidate Profile

  • You have – or will have by August a master degree in pharmaceutical sciences, medicine, nursing, public health, or another master degree in health sciences or a master in health sciences education;
  • You have a very good command of French and English, written and spoken (or willing to quickly reach very good command)
  • You are able to work in a team and in an interdisciplinary way;
  • You are independent, and you are able to plan and prioritise;
  • You are inventive, creative and adapt easily to changing circumstances;
  • You have good writing skills;
  • You are willing to engage in a doctoral research process

 

Job description

As a PhD student, your research activities will mainly focus on the work package on ‘improving competencies of future health care professionals in deprescribing’. This will include:

  • Evaluating the needs for improvement, as well as barriers and enablers, through a questionnaire survey with students (medicine, pharmacy, nursing) and trainees, and interviews with teachers and Faculty leaders (years 12)
  • Designing, implementing and evaluating an innovative educational approach (years 24) You will also contribute to other tasks related to the research project.

Benefits: doctoral research fellowship, full-time for a duration of 4 years
 

Postdoctoral researcher
 

Candidate Profile

  • You have a PhD in one field of health sciences relevant to the research topic (e.g.

pharmaceutical sciences, public health, medicine, …) or in health psychology

  • You have research experience in several of the following fields: health services research; mixedmethod study design, realist evaluations; (integrated) knowledge translation; implementation research; clinical trials; low value care.
  • You meet the eligibility criteria of international mobility, i.e. you have not lived or carried out your main activity (work, study, etc.) in Belgium for more than 24 months in the three years.
  • You have a very good command of French and English, written and spoken (or willing to quickly reach very good command)
  • You have excellent writing skills and demonstrated publication record;
  • You are able to work independently and as part of a team
  • You have very good time management skills and are able to manage and prioritize multiple tasks
  • You are inventive, creative and adapt easily to changing circumstances;

Job description

Your main tasks and responsibilities will mainly include:

  • Performing a mixedmethod multiple case study (realist approach) embedded in two feasibility trials (benzodiazepine deprescribing feasibility trials, one in the nursing home setting and one in the ambulatory care setting). This work will be performed in close collaboration with two PhD students of the CLIP research group.
  • Conducting a rapid realist review to evaluate how key policies may facilitate or hinder deprescribing.
  • Assisting the coordinator and principal investigators in: project management, communication and dissemination, identification of opportunities for collaboration with master students and additional research funding.
  • Setting up and coordinating the work done with the stakeholder engagement group.

 

 

Benefits: Postdoctoral fellowship with UCLouvain, full time for a duration of 2 years.