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Research fellowship in health technology in paediatric palliative care

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway’s third largest university, with more than 20,000 students and 2,000 employees. OsloMet delivers knowledge to solve societal challenges, in close cooperation with the society and employers. OsloMet is an urban and diverse university with a clear international profile, and an attractive place to work and study with campuses in Oslo city centre and at Kjeller in the Municipality of Lillestrøm. Our location in the metropolitan area gives us good opportunities to understand and benefit from the city’s diverse population.

The Faculty of Health Sciences consists of five departments and offers study programmes on all levels, including PhD. The faculty has about 6000 students and nearly 600 members of staff.

Department of Nursing and Health Promotion is located at all three campus: Kjeller, Pilestredet and Sandvika. The department has approximately 3000 students and 250 employees.

There is a vacancy for a fixed-term position as a research fellow at the Faculty of Health Sciences (HV), Department of Nursing and Health Promotion in the field of health technology relating to paediatric palliative care affiliated to the project ‘Gathering evidence for evidence-based health technology to support communication in homebased pediatric palliative care – CHIP homeTec’ 

The position is for a period of three years, and the person appointed should preferably take up the position as soon as possible.

Extensive research activity is conducted at the department, and several research groups have been established. The research fellow will be affiliated to the research group Quality of Life. The research group's main focus areas are quality of life in a life cycle perspective: in families, in connection with chronic illness and various pain conditions, and in a public health perspective. The research fellow will also be affiliated to the research network Children in palliative care (CHIP), which is an interdisciplinary research network of members from the fields of practice, education and research and a significant group of user representatives. 

The Faculty of Health Sciences has two PhD programmes, and this research fellowship is affiliated to the PhD programme in health science.

The person appointed must expect to be present on campus much of the time. 

Field of research

There are children in Norway who live with serious illness and are in need of palliative care. Paediatric palliative care can be provided in the child’s home to support the child and family and allow them to live as normally as possible in their day-to-day life. Some children may need palliative care for an extended period of time, perhaps into adulthood, while other children's needs will be of shorter duration and end with the child's death. Children and families receiving paediatric palliative care often depend on close follow-up by healthcare professionals. Health technology allows them to receive such follow-up at home, and if the cooperation provides a sufficient sense of security, children can be spared trips to hospital and avoid admissions, and the families can spend more time together. However, little research has been done on what needs the children and families have that can be met in the home by means of health technology. 

The CHIP homeTec project will conduct a broad survey of the needs of children, parents and health personnel and look at previous technology as well as the ethical and legal framework for the field of paediatric palliative care. The project will produce an evidence-based protocol for a health technology solution in home-based paediatric palliative care to promote quality of life and reduce the number of hospital admissions. 

This research fellowship will be affiliated to the following sub-projects: 

1) The child and the family. This sub-project's goal is to identify the needs of children and families in paediatric palliative care and see them in relation to the possibilities offered by health technology. This will be studied by means of questionnaires, individual interviews and focus group interviews. 

Health technology is an area that needs a great deal of research, and exploring the needs of children and families will enable us to achieve a better understanding of how this technology can be developed and used in home-based palliative care. Paediatric palliative care is a young field of research in a Norwegian context, and the project seeks to fill some of the knowledge gaps identified by international research and public documents on palliative care published in Norway in recent years. 

Qualification requirements

Desirable qualifications

Conditions

Personal qualities required for the position:

It is important to OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavours to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to make adaptations to the workplace where required. You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have had periods where you have not been in employment, education or training.

We offer

Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

The salary for the position is in accordance with the Basic Collective Agreement for state employees and OsloMet’s pay policy for position code 1017 (research fellow), pay grade 54, i.e. an initial annual salary of NOK 501,200.

Application process

If you wish to apply for the position, please use our electronic recruitment system. 

You must upload the following documents together with your application: 

We only consider applications submitted through our electronic recruitment system, and all documents must be uploaded for your application to be considered. The documents must be in a Scandinavian language or English. Translations must be government authorised, and you must expect to present originals if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet verifies documents in order to give candidates a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Further information

For more information about the position and project, please contact:

Final date for applications: 30 August 2022

Ref: 22/04688

 

OsloMet is a Charter & Code certified institution by the EU Commisson holding the right to use the logo HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R). OsloMet is a member of the EURAXESS network supporting a positive work environment for researchers in motion. OsloMet has signed The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). DORA recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated.