The Universitat Rovira i Virgili, in collaboration with the research institutions affiliated to the Campus of International Excellence Southern Catalonia (CEICS), is launching the Martí i Franquès research grants programme, a public-private cooperation designed to attract highly talented doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers to work on exciting research projects.
This programme honours the scientist Antoni Martí i Franquès (Altafulla, 1750 Tarragona, 1832), who made remarkable contributions not only to the fields of biology, physics and chemistry, but also to the economic development of Southern Catalonia.
He was the first scientist to accurately establish the composition of air.
SPECIFIC POSITION OFFER 2020PMF-PIPF-01
the candidate will develop their doctoral research within the framework of the "anthropology and phenomenology of the locked-in syndrome" project, coordinated at the medical anthropology research center (dafits) by prof.
fernando vidal. the locked-in syndrome (lis) results from brainstem stroke or neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).
persons in lis are quadriplegic and cannot speak, but have normal visual perception, consciousness, cognitive functions and bodily sensations.
they are locked-in an almost entirely motionless body, but can communicate via blinking or vertical eye movement, and many become able to use a computer.
the overall goal of the project is to study how persons in lis experience and view the self and others, to explore their sense of continuity and discontinuity of body and personal identity, as well as their views about the conditions and circumstances that make life valuable.
open-ended questionnaires and interviews with patients, professional caregivers and family members. the project includes an intercultural and interdisciplinary dimension within the conceptual framework of philosophy, phenomenology, bioethics, anthropology and disability studies, and it will consider other conditions, such as dementias and the disorders of consciousness, which seem to threaten an individual’s status as person.
in addition to a cv, applicants should submit a letter of motivation, and a preliminary PhD project proposal of 1500-2000 words.
for more information or to discuss project ideas, applicants may contact prof. Fernando Vidal, .
project website : Spanish :
Required Research Experiences
Skills / Qualifications
In general, be in possession of an official undergraduate degree, or equivalent, and of a master degree, and have passed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits during the course of their official university studies, of which at least 60 must be master s degree credits