PhD candidate, FHML/School of Health Professions Education

Maastricht University (UM)
April 20 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The School of Health Professions Education, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) at Maastricht University is offering a position for a PhD candidate on the project “Mentoring as the unquestioned good? Mentors, mentees and positioning theory”. The project starts from the observation that mentoring has moved central stage in many public service professions, including the field of health professions education. It is portrayed as an unquestioned good, while the concept itself remains elusive. The available literature so far does not reach beyond a programmatic or anecdotic discussion of mentoring. This project addresses this knowledge gap and aims to (1) understand the development of mentoring relationships/interactions and their impact on mentees' learning and (2) use this understanding as the basis for a research-based design of a professional development program aiming to improve mentoring practices in the health professions. 

This project will make use of mainly qualitative data collection techniques (including observations, in-depth interviews and focus groups). Expertise with qualitative research methods (or an interest in developing such expertise) is thus a pre-requisite for this project.

In order to succeed in this project, the candidate will also need strong theoretical-conceptual skills as this study has a clear theoretical foundation.

The PhD candidate will further refine and develop the project goals in close collaboration with the supervisory team and staff members of FHML and the task group Professional Development.  The candidate will be offered a solid PhD program at FHML and ample opportunities to collaborate with other PhD candidates and staff members.

A short project description is available.

We expect candidates to start as soon as possible (preferably Spring 2017).

  • MSc in Educational Sciences, Psychology, Health Professions, or equivalent;

  • Strong theoretical-conceptual skills

  • Strong interest in education and educational research;

  • Strong qualitative research skills;

  • Strong scientific writing skills in Dutch and English;

  • Fluency in written and spoken English;

  • Affinity with Health Profession Education is a plus;

  • Ability to liaison with research team members, health professions educators, and other stakeholders;

  • Flexible, pro-active, independent but also motivated to work in a team.

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