PhD Positions

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA): Early Stage Researcher – 10 positions

PARTICIPATE Project: Parents and Technology in Cyberbullying: Intervention and Prevention for Future Experts

Fixed-term three-year contracts

MSCA Doctoral Networks – Project Ref 101073332

Applications are invited for 10 PhD positions (Doctoral Candidates) on the Doctoral Network “PARTICIPATE” Project, to be funded by the Horizon Europe Programme of the European Commission – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA).

Organisation/Company:  Six partner institutions within the PARTICIPATE Project Consortium

PARTICIPATE: Parents and Technology in Cyberbullying: Intervention and Prevention for Future Experts

Research fields: Education and educational sociology; Educational sciences; Digital youth studies, Sex/gender studies; Social psychology, psychology, sociology, social sciences; cultural studies, critical race studies

Researcher profile: Doctoral candidate

Country: Specific to individual position – Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway.

Application deadline:  15 March 2023* except if stated differently in individual job offering

Successful Doctoral candidates are expected to begin their PhD programme in August/September 2023

Type of contract:  Temporary

Job status:  Full-time

Funded through:  H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

Grant Agreement No:  101073332


Cyberbullying is a significant social, health and behavioural concern throughout the EU and worldwide, yet crucial areas in its prevention and intervention have largely been sidelined namely the key role of parents, as well as the role of gender, disability, ethnicity and sexuality. PARTICIPATE will address this research and action gap, by delivering a world-class multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary doctoral training program incorporating plans for substantial networking and exchange of information, expertise and action potential regarding the nature and extent of cyberbullying across Europe. By focusing on parents, as well as on gender, disability, ethnicity and sexuality, the project aims to empower both parents and young people, creating a safer space online for our youth, while placing Europe firmly at the forefront of cyberbullying research and practice.


This DN brings together many of the foremost world leaders and cutting-edge researchers in the areas of cyberbullying prevention, and is grounded in scientific excellence provided by academic partners across Europe (N=6) with extensive previous experience of collaborating together. This partnership, in conjunction with a strong and diverse range of non-academic partners, including NGOs, youth foundations and internet safety organisations (N=8), will provide a robust multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral approach to finding solutions to cyberbullying. The objectives will be achieved through a unique combination of individual and collaborative research work, non-academic secondments and workshops on scientific and applied skills facilitated by the academic/non-academic composition of the consortium.

The 10 Doctoral candidate positions will be hosted by the following academic partners:

Dublin City University, Ireland (3 positions), University of Stavanger, Norway (3 positions), Aarhus University, Denmark (1 position), University of Turku, Finland (1 position), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece (1 position), International Parents Alliance, Netherlands in collaboration with University of Stavanger (1 position).

Mandatory requirement for all 10 positions

Candidates must have obtained a degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited.

Candidates cannot have been awarded a doctoral degree and/or completed more than four years of full-time equivalent research experience.

Candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (e.g. work, studies) in the hosting country for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date – unless as part of a compulsory national service or a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention.  This excludes short stays such as holidays.

The successful candidates will be required to work in a team and to work cross-culturally at an international level. They must be prepared to travel to conferences and network training events, and to take part in an academic and non-academic secondment abroad. Ability to work with a range of stakeholders including NGOs, social media companies, policy makers, parents and young people, and academics is essential.

All Doctoral candidates are required to undertake two secondments abroad, one academic and one non-academic, of between two and six months duration.

For detailed information on each position, please refer to individual advertisement announcements link contained in each position below, or contact the partners directly at the email address given.