Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF) 2021 candidate sought ATLANTES Palliateve Care Research Group (nº1)

    31/05/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    HE / MSCA
    Spain, Pamplona
    University of Navarra
    Institute for Culture and Society
    ATLANTES Palliative Care Research group


The ATLANTES Palliative Care Research Group is an interdisciplinary research group with professionals from several backgrounds: nursing, health geography, social work, medicine and history. We research on advance disease and palliative care with a social sciences and humanities approach. The overall objective is to promote a positive view regarding the professional care of patients with advanced or terminal disease in both society and medicine. ATLANTES have three interconnected research lines: the intangible values of palliative care, the global palliative care observatory, and the message transmitted by palliative care to the society and within health care professionals.


We have an extensive trajectory in scientific publications (34 Q1 and 17 Q2 articles in the latest three years), and the group has succeeded in obtaining competitive research funding, including several national and European-funded projects. The group consists in researchers from several countries such as Colombia, The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain, and an extensive network of institutions and collaborators from Canada, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, UK, and globally. Our research team works in constant contact with the Palliative Medicine Service of the Clínica Universidad de Navarra, our University Hospital, in Pamplona. ATLANTES is also a Collaborating Center of the European Palliative Care Research Network.


Team contribution to the MSCA researcher:

  • Support and training in qualitative and quantitative research.
  • High quality research and knowhow on the research topics: inform the palliative care global progress and show the message that society and other health professionals perceive from palliative care. Several initiatives to transform the perspective about palliative care.
  • Creative interaction between the different research lines, promoting a comprehensive and varied approach to palliative care.
  • Work together with palliative care clinicians, researchers, and with the Institute´s data Science Unit. This enables conducting interdisciplinary and applicable research within our fields of specialization.


The ATLANTES team, particularly the Global Palliative Care Observatory, seeks a MSCA application of an outstanding researcher who contributes to understand of how to monitor the development and integration of palliative care. The objective of this research is to develop a method for measuring the palliative care activity in the national health systems across the world. This includes the monitoring and evaluation of palliative care services at the new primary health care framework, the development of relevant and feasible global indicators to evaluate progress of palliative care, and the construction of health information systems to collect data on service delivery, health workforce, essential medicines, education and training, governance of health systems and involving stakeholders.


The Marie Curie candidate has to be able to contribute in one or more of the current projects:

  • Assessing the Development of Palliative Care Programs: The aim of this project is to provide a tool that countries and stakeholders can use to monitor the progress of palliative care according to their respective health priorities and resources. This work is based on a set of indicators that allow evaluating the national development of Palliative care, which allows identifying the factors that promote the activity of palliative care in national health systems, especially in lower-middle-income countries.
  • Regional analysis of the development of palliative care: The ATLANTES Global Palliative Care Observatory develops evaluation processes of the palliative care status in different regions of the world (Europe, Latin America, EMRO, etc.), generating reports that are useful for decision-making and advocacy.
  • Data analysis and transfer of results: The ATLANTES Global Palliative Care Observatory seeks new ways for illustrating the progress of palliative care in the world. This means transferring the results of its research to inform decision-makers, civil society and the health professionals.

Expected impact of the MSCA project:

  • Scientific impact consisting in a) scientific papers in top-ranked journals and b) attendance to international conferences.
  • Social impact consisting in a) interaction with social agents and institutions and b) expansion of international connections.


Who can apply?

General requirements:

We are interested in collaborative and translational research and in people with an innovative and open perspective that complements the most clinical or biomedical perspective.

At the deadline for the submission of proposals (15/09/2021), researchers:

  • shall be in possession of a doctoral degree at the call deadline
  • up to 8 years research experience after PhD 
  • must not have resided or carried out his/her main activities in Spain for over 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the above-mentioned deadline.

Specific requirements:

  • Shall have a health science or data science background degree.
  • Experience on health research evidenced on high quality publications.

Candidates should have a very high competency in English. Knowledge of Spanish is not compulsory—but the candidate’s competency or willingness to learn this language will be considered an asset.


Interested candidates should provide the following documentation:

  • A cover letter (1 page)
  • CV with complete contact details (2-4 pages)
  • Research statement (including methodology, objectives, and expected results) (max. 2 pages)



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