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PhD candidate in the field of dementia research

  • 18.06.19.TG
  • 36 hours per week
  • Maatschappelijke Gezondheidszorg

Job description

You will independently perform research as part of an international research group of physicians, statisticians and epidemiologists. You will develop a simulation model for dementia in the Dutch population and will perform various projects assessing the impact of dementia interventions on population health. The results will be published in international journals.

The last decades, various risk factors for dementia have been identified, but these have not yet led to proven efficacious interventions for the prevention of dementia. Based on the commonly applied Microsimulation Screening Analysis (MISCAN) model, a microsimulation model needs to be developed that simulates the development of dementia over the next decades. Data from large cohort studies and evidence from the literature and expert opinions will be used to develop the model. With the model, long-term benefits and harms of important dementia interventions will be evaluated. This will lead to better understanding of disease development and intervention influences, and will identify interventions that efficiently reduce the dementia burden.

Work environment

Erasmus MC stands for a healthy population and excellence in healthcare. By conducting groundbreaking work, we aim to push boundaries through leading the way in research, education and healthcare. We have access to the latest equipment and techniques in a state-of-the-art environment.

At the Department of Public Health, we are dedicated to improve population health at local, national, and international level through excellent research and education. Our research is characterised as highly multidisciplinary and is focused on the development and use of innovative methods. Collaboration with and direct impact on practice and policy are at the heart of our work.

Qualifications and skills

We offer the opportunity for candidates to deepen their affinity with quantitative research and acquire further experience in advanced data analysis, modelling, and writing of scientific papers. The position is offered to MSc graduates in econometrics, epidemiology, biostatistics, applied mathematics, statistics, theoretical biology, theoretical psychology, physics, biomedical engineering, bio-informatics, or a related field. Key skills that the candidate will be developing and working with are quantitative analysis, programming, working in a team and scientific communitcation (oral and written). The department further highly supports the candidates who want to further develop their skills in acquisition, multidisciplinary collaboration, leadership, goal-oriented working, creativity, initiative, engagement, vision, and visibility.

Being able to present a certificate of good conduct, a valid proof of identity, diploma's and/ or relevant registration such as BIG/ RGS are conditions for the appointment.

Terms of employment

We offer a 4-year full-time position of 36 hours per week in an exciting working environment that is aiming at improving public health. The candidate can take part in courses offered by the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES).

The gross monthly salary is € 2.357,- in the 1st year and increases to € 3.020,- in the 4th year (scale OIO). The terms of employment are according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for Dutch University Medical Centers (CAO UMC).

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Inge de Kok, assistant professor in Screening Evaluation, phone number: +31 (0)10 703 86 89. For queries regarding your application, please contact Jerry Chandansingh, recruiter, phone number: +31 (010 703 18 92.

If you are excited by the thought of this position and would like to apply, please do so by using the application form on our website.

No agencies please.