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PhD Studentship in Psychology

This research position is a three-year part-funded PhD position in Psychology, to research mid-life and older adults’ attitudes and experiences with ICT.

Dundalk Institute of Technology is a dynamic, world class Institute that has developed an international research reputation through its Research Centres. The Netwell and CASALA research centre’s are seeking a highly motivated individual to join its research team as a PhD student investigating the psychosocial aspects of ICT and Ageing. The Netwell Centre focuses on transforming communities, environments and technologies for ageing-in-place and CASALA is the technology research and development, industry linkage and commercialisation arm of the Netwell Centre. Researchers are developing new ideas that enhance the quality of life and well-being of older people and those who care for them, through more integrated community-oriented services, more sustainable home and neighbourhood design, and more age-friendly technologies.

Studentship Description:
A three-year part-funded PhD position in Psychology, to research mid-life and older adults’ attitudes and experiences with ICT. The research position is part of the VALUE-AGEING Program ( www.valueageing.eu ), a multi-disciplinary pan-European Marie Curie project (Grant number 251686) aimed at understanding how ICT can impact people's lives as we age. The funding for this studentship will cover postgraduate fees, training, a small stipend, attendance at several EU meetings and two secondments to Rome, Italy (six months each) for data collection and study with international project partners.

The Applicant:
• Will review literature and policy documents
• Engage in data collection and analyses using surveys, interviews, focus groups and case studies
• Liaise with a range of stakeholders including older people and project partners,
• Participate in local and international project meetings

• Valid passport to enable travel throughout the EU.

Your profile:
• An honours Bachelors degree in psychology or other appropriate social sciences although preference will be given to those holding Masters degrees
• Good English skills (both oral and written); second language desirable (Italian)
• Experience in the use of surveys and statistical evaluation and / or interviews
• Good people skills to work with a range of stake holders
• Good time-management and planning skills
• Have experience and an interest in travel

Term: Three-year project.

Further information on an informal basis can be obtained from www.netwellcentre.org , www.casala.ie or
Dr Ann O’Hanlon – T: +353 (0)42 9370497 E: ann.ohanlon@dkit.ie

To apply: Candidates should send their full curriculum vitae along with a covering letter to the Institutes Research Office by hard copy, at the address below, and electronically (Stefanie.Ratzky@dkit.ie) by 5pm January 28th 2011 .
Research Office
PJ Carrolls Building
Dundalk Institute of Technology
Dublin Road
County Louth