15 fully funded PhD positions on Privacy-Aware and Acceptable Video-Based Technologies and Services for Active and Assisted Living

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network visuAAL (Privacy-Aware and Acceptable Video-Based Technologies and Services for Active and Assisted Living) invites applications for 15 early-stage researcher (ESR) / PhD positions, available with a starting date in the period February 2021 – March 2021.

The duration of the appointment is 36 months, full-time employment contract.

Partners in the visuAAL project are dedicated to promoting the role of women in science, and, therefore, the visuAAL project explicitly invites women to apply.

The aim of visuAAL is to bridge the knowledge gap between users’ requirements and the appropriate and secure use of video-based AAL technologies to deliver effective and supportive care to older adults managing their health and wellbeing. visuAAL will seek to increase awareness and understanding of the context-specific ethical, legal, privacy and societal issues necessary to implement visual system across hospital, home and community settings, in a manner that protects and reassures users; outputs will stimulate the development of a new research perspective for constructively addressing privacy-aware video-based working solutions for assisted living.

visuAAL is a four-year (2020-2024) Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Network (ITN), which brings together 5 beneficiaries and 14 partner organisations from Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom.

visuAAL will provide a transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral combination of training, non-academic placements, courses and workshops on scientific and complementary skills to 15 high achieving ESRs. These newly hired ESRs will contribute through their individual research projects to fulfil visuAAL’s aims.




A list of the 15 PhD positions /ESR projects is presented below.

Please, check individual ESR projects for details as well as for specific / local acceptance requirements.


RWTH Aachen University, Germany

• ESR 1: Perceptions of personal privacy in health monitoring technologies (in different users)

• ESR 2: (Dis)Trust in medical technologies and medical support considering (severe) health decisions

• ESR 3: Acceptance of artificial intelligence in health-related contexts


Stockholm University, Sweden

• ESR 4: Video-based AAL technologies and colliding legal frameworks

• ESR 5: Video-based AAL technologies and balancing of interests

• ESR 6: “Digital twins” as a way to help ensure legal compliance of video-based AAL technologies


Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

• ESR 7: Use of camera systems to support home based multiple chronic disease (multimorbidity) self-management

• ESR 8: Application of behavioural change theory to the design, development and implementation of camera systems to support home-based multiple chronic disease (multimorbidity) self-management

• ESR 9: Personalisation of self-management education/training for individuals with multiple chronic health conditions (multimorbidity) using visual based data


TU Wien, Austria

• ESR 10: Behaviour modelling and life logging

• ESR 11: Algorithmic governance for active assisted living

• ESR 12: AI for dementia care

Universidad de Alicante, Spain

• ESR 13: Privacy preservation in video-based AAL applications

• ESR 14: Context recognition for the application of visual privacy

• ESR 15: Perceptions of personal safety and privacy in frail elderly, disabled people and their caregivers in the context of video-based lifelogging technologies



• Applicants must hold a master’s degree relevant to the project(s) they apply for

• Applicants should not have been awarded a PhD degree

• At the time of recruitment, applicants must have less than four (full time equivalent) years of experience within a research career (measured from the date when the applicant obtained the first degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate, even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged)

• Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date

• Proficiency in written and spoken English

• Additional criteria can apply for each specific research project (see the details about each project here)



For more information, contact visuAAL coordinator, Dr Francisco Florez.

Deadline: 20th November 2020 30th November 2020

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