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Scientific coordinator/Research fellow (eq. Assistant professor) in the EU Horizon 2020 project Psychosocial Support for Promoting Mental Health and Well-being among Adolescent Young Carers in Europe

The Department of Health and Caring Sciences (HV) at the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Linnaeus University is looking for a suitably qualified person who is highly interested and motivated to carry out scientific coordination and research in the EU-funded project Psychosocial Support for Promoting Mental Health and Well-being among Adolescent Young Carers in Europe - MEWE.

This position offers a unique opportunity to be part of a major international EU Horizon 2020 project. The goal of the project is to strengthen the resilience of Adolescent Young Carers (AYCs), to improve their mental health and well-being, and mitigate the negative influences of psychosocial and environmental factors. 

AYCs are young people (15-17 years old) providing significant or substantial care, assistance or support to other family members. The phenomenon is highly relevant across Europe, albeit specific data, awareness and supports are not frequently available. Taking on a caring role constitutes a relevant risk factor for the occurrence of both immediate and long-term problems in AYCs’ mental health, well-being and development, as well as for their transitions to adulthood, social inclusion, education and employability.The project has three specific objectives: (1) to systematise knowledge on AYCs; (2) to co-design, test and deliver psychosocial interventions, including an information and communication technology (ICT) intervention in six countries; (3) to evaluate what works and provide knowledge translation actions at national, European and international levels.

The 39 month interdisciplinary project is now under final negotiation with the EC secretariat. Estimated project start date is 1st January 2018. The project includes Eurocarers and nine Eurocarers members, researcher and carers organisations in seven European countries (SE, UK, BE, CH, NL, IT, SI), working together with and for AYCs. Linnaeus University Sweden is coordinator and the project is led by Professor Elizabeth Hanson Linnaeus Universitytogether with Associate Professor Lennart Magnusson. They have both worked in the field of informal care and have secured significant grant capture. They are heading up the informal care research group at the Linnaeus University that acts as the research arm of the Swedish Family Care Competence Centre (SFCCC), a national centre of excellence in the field of informal carers, care and caring led by Magnusson and Hanson.

The SFCCC works with available ICTs to help ensure that available evidenced based knowledge is widely disseminated and taken up and used by its key stakeholder groups, namely practitioners and decision makers working with informal carers, civil society organisations and researchers. The position is offered in collaboration with the SFCCC. (www.anhoriga.se). The SFCCC will contribute to the project, by co-producing analyses and guidance, enhance data quality, promote good practice and engage decision-makers, policymakers, practitioners in the public, private and voluntary sectors, carers, people with care needs, and the media in direct collaboration with the knowledge dissemination and translation lead partner, Eurocarers.

Deadline for application: 15 October 2017.

Further information on the job description, requirements and application procedure can be found here

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