Internship Position in Qualitative Health Research (Master student) - UPCOMING VOICE - GF0922

1A-B, rue Thomas Edison, Strassen L-1445, Luxembourg
07/10/2022 09:01:02

Background

With the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic, emerging evidence indicates that patients who have survived the initial infection are experiencing a long-term, heterogeneous spectrum of symptoms that persist for several months, so-called Long Covid. The most frequent symptoms include fatigue, anxiety, headaches, muscle pain, shortness of breath, and cognitive impairment. Symptom monitoring could be of high interest and improve patients’ quality of life and voice is a promising media as vocal biomarkers of several symptoms have already been identified.

 

Objectives

The project aims at co-designing a digital health solution based on vocal biomarkers for the monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms and determining:

  • The needs, expectancies, acceptability, fears, barriers and leverages of the end-users regarding the use of voice to self-monitor or screen for Long COVID symptoms

  • The specifications that a mobile application should meet in order to be considered acceptable and effective by its intended users in terms of technological aspects (type of device, type of voice recordings…), frequency of utilisation, design etc.

 

Training and research environment

The intern will be supervised by Aurélie Fischer, (“Deep Digital Phenotyping Research Unit” from the Department of Population Health. The Master’s student will directly contribute to the research effort on Covid-19 in Luxembourg and to the development of new digital health solutions. He/she will lead the qualitative part of UpcomingVoice project, based on semi-structured individual interviews and focus groups with people with Long COVID and healthcare professionals in charge of Long COVID patients.

He/She will have to take charge of the literature review, the realisation of individual interviews and the conduct of focus groups, the pre-processing of the data, the data analysis, and the preparation of a scientific article.

KEY SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

        Master level in public health, sociology, psychology oriented health research required

        Experience/knowledge in qualitative and mixed methods and in the conduct of interviews and focus groups

        Flexibility, adaptability, autonomy

        Ability to work with different profiles and people from different experiences and cultural backgrounds

        Language skills: Fluency in French is mandatory, to perform interviews and analyse qualitative data.
 A medium level in English is an asset.

        Applicants should be enrolled in a Master program and the internship should be a mandatory part of the diploma.

What we offer and conditions

        Students will have the opportunity to work in an interactive and international scientific environment, prepare a scientific publication and present their own work during lab meetings.

        They will receive training in digital epidemiology research and data science and will have the opportunity to gain skills in data analysis and conduct of a research project.

        Students from abroad can apply for an Erasmus grant.


Related references

  1. Long COVID Symptomatology After 12 Months and Its Impact on Quality of Life According to Initial Coronavirus Disease 2019 Disease Severity | Open Forum Infectious Diseases | Oxford Academic (oup.com)
  2. Voice for Health: The Use of Vocal Biomarkers from Research to Clinical Practice - FullText - Digital Biomarkers 2021, Vol. 5, No. 1 - Karger Publishers


IN SHORT.....

  • Contract type:   6-month fixed-term contract
  • Work hours:        Full time- 40h/week
  • Location:             Luxembourg
  • Start date:          February/March 2023
  • Ref:                      JF/IPSOPS0922/GF/DDP

How to apply

Applications including a cover letter and a  curriculum vitae should be sent before 31 October 2022 through our website via the apply button below. Please apply ONLINE formally through this web page. Applications by email will not be considered.