Martí-Franquès COFUND Fellowship Programme


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Arts and Humanities

Supervisor name and surname:

Maria Dolores Jiménez López

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Co-supervisor name and surname:

Maria Ercilia García Álvarez

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PhD programme:

Humanistic Studies

Title of the research project:

Doctoral Training for Enhancing European Doctorate Holders` Employability across Disciplines: Co-creating transversal skills with industry

Description of the research project:

The aim of the project is to enhance the quality of the employability of PhD graduates and their visibility in the productive system regardless of the discipline in which they have obtained their PhD. We aim to establish a dialogue between the doctoral candidates and graduates, firms and universities in order to clarify subjacent expectations and create synergies to improve the training of doctoral researchers and raise companies’ awareness of the added-value that their human capital can bring about.

Although the employability of doctorate holders is high, in many cases, their knowledge is not used at the full service of society because they are effectively underemployed. To service society, universities need to transfer the knowledge they develop to the productive sectors by incorporating these academically-trained researchers into the non-academic arena. But to guarantee that they are a valuable source of human capital to industry, we also need to ensure they acquire a number of not yet quite defined transversal skills to be able to face the demands of the employment market. Although various initiatives to date have targeted doctoral training in transversal skills, too seldom the design of PhD researchers’ training is devised in collaboration with the industries that are likely going to be their employers.

We want to open a dialogue between doctoral graduates, firms and higher education institutions that will clarify subjacent values, beliefs and expectations and create synergies to improve the training for the professionalization of doctoral researchers and the use that the labour market can make of these highly qualified doctorate holders.

The specific objectives of the project are:
1. To perform a detailed analysis of the needs of companies when considering to employ PhD graduates, which will allow for the detection of their transferable skills training;
2. To design and implement a training program in transferable/soft skills that addresses the needs of the labour market.
3. To observe the effects of the training through PhD internships.

We want to highlight the interdisciplinary nature of the proposal. The project wants to involve a large number of areas of knowledge, since the ultimate goal will be strengthening the European higher education and business environment, particularly in terms of tackling skills mismatches and promoting excellence in skill development independently of the area of knowledge, all with a view to improving the doctoral education system to trigger a societal transformation toward the full utilisation of doctors’ knowledge capital.

To sum up, with this project we aim: to change current doctoral training by including transversal skills for the professionalization of doctoral researchers by raising the awareness of HEIs to the need for training in skills related to PhD holders employability; to modify the use that the labour market can make of these highly qualified doctoral holders; and to enhance employability of PhD holders and their visibility in the productive system, by raising the awareness of the industrial sector in order to reap the benefits of utilising the human capital that PhD holders represent.

Highly desirable attributes of the ideal candidate

* Language skills: Spanish and English
* Specific Software skills: If possible, SPSS or R, Nvivo or Atlas ti
* Other skills:
- Having previously shown an interest in the topic of the project
- Having a strong background on research methods
- Having carried out some smaller research projects
- Academic writing skills
Ethics: This project involves ethical aspects

Workplace Location: Campus Catalunya, Tarragona

Gross anual salary:

27103.20 €


Full time

Working hours:

37.5 hours a week

Earliest expected start date:

14 February 2022

European union This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 945413