New position at Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)

April 17, 2010

After seven years working at Open University of Catalonia and its Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, I’m enjoying the benefits of an unpaid leave to begin a new professional adventure.¬† Yesterday, I started to work at at Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) in Seville, one of the seven scientific institutes of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC).

I would like to share the published information available at IPTS website about my new position:

Research Project Title
Economic Evaluation and modelling for Personal Health Systems

Project Description
The Information Society Unit has a vacancy to study the role of ICTs in the transformation of society in general and the lives of individuals in particular in the framework of Action 14003 ‘Techno-economic Impacts Enabling Societal Change’ (TIESC). This action is currently carrying out research on the role of ICTs in: (a) health and quality of life; (b) digital identity and information search. The successful candidate will analyse EU-wide market data and evaluate HealthCare (HC) policy options at EU level in relation to Personal Health Systems (PHS).

She/he will contribute to this work by making use of a range of tools (literature reviews, descriptive statistics, desk research, interviews, organisation of expert workshops, modeling methods, etc.) to develop evidence-based policy support at European level. She/he will author/review several reports and articles annually, conceive, launch, execute or coordinate research work, participate in seminars and make public presentations to high-level audiences. She/he should have experience in:

  • Developing and improving working tools to measure emerging ICTs impacts on the EU health care markets;
  • Data analysis and quantitative methods and an ability to explain them to technical as well as non-technical audiences
  • Working knowledge of the different EU healthcare systems;
  • Familiarity with public policy implications of new technologies and their economic and societal implications at EU or international level;
  • Working in a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary environment.

Candidates must hold a doctoral degree or having fulfilled all the obligations to obtain a PhD (certified by the university) or having a minimum of 5 years research experience after the first university degree giving access to doctoral studies (which may include periods of training such as a masters degree) in a field relevant to the JRC’s scientific activities.

A very good level of written and spoken English is essential and knowledge of at least one other EU language is compulsory.

I have to settle in the new position and also in Seville to learn how to keep collaborating with all my colleagues without any inconveniences with my new responsibilities. Furthermore, since now I have to use this


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