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PhD student on prognosis and clinical management of 'silent' brain infarcts

  • Closing date 17-08-2022
  • 29.36.22.TG
  • 36 hours
  • Research university
  • Research & Education

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  • Closing date 17-08-2022
  • 29.36.22.TG

Job description

One in four older people have ischemic lesions on brain imaqing, without having had clinical signs of TIA or stroke. These so-called silent brain infarcts are associated with higher risk of subsequent stroke and dementia, but optimal clinical management is uncertain. What should diagnostic work-up for these patients look like, and whom should we treat more aggressively to prevent later complications?

The main aim of this project is to determine the optimal management of silent brain infarcts for the prevention of stroke and dementia. During this research, you will use clinical data and brain imaging to understand which patients with silent infarcts are at highest risk of complications. This project is a collaboration between the departments of Epidemiology, Radiology & Nuclear Medicine, Neurology, and Geriatric Medicine. Your research activities will take place primarily within the population-based Rotterdam Study (in Dutch: ERGO-onderzoek), a cohort of over 18,000 inhabitants of Rotterdam, who are followed since 1990 for the occurrence of stroke, dementia, and other morbidity. Within the consortium you will collaborate closely with the local Alzheimer Centre and TIA clinic, as well as leading international cohort studies in Europe and the United States.

As a PhD student you will be involved in data collection, analysis, and dissemination. More specifically, you will assess research participants at the study centre, and collect data from medical records. You analyse the acquired data in relation to the research questions, and present the results at (inter)national conferences, in scientific publications, to lay audiences, and eventually in your PhD thesis. As part of your PhD training, the department will give you the opportunity to obtain an MSc in clinical epidemiology or public health at the Netherlands Institute of Health Sciences (Nihes).

Work environment

The vision of Erasmus MC is to improve health care and population health through research and education. Based at the departments of Epidemiology and Radiology & Nuclear Medicine, you will work in an ambitious environment with a leading global position in research about brain disease, in close collaboration with the departments of Neurology and Geriatric Medicine. You will work in an open-minded, supportive team of physicians and (clinical) scientists, dedicated to high-quality research with impact on public health and hospital care. We value your growth as an academic researcher during the course of this trajectory in formal (e.g., courses and seminars) as well as informal education and supervision.

Qualifications and skills

  • You have completed, or are close to completing, a university degree in the life sciences, preferably medicine.
  • You are passionate about health care and (quantitative) science, and possess an analytical mindset, a fair share of creativity, and team spirit.
  • Good command of the English language is mandatory; command of the Dutch language is a plus. 

Before you apply please check our conditions for employment.

Terms of employment

You will receive a temporary position for 3.5 (three-and-a-half) years. The gross monthly salary is € 2.631,- in the 1st year and increases to € 3.336,- in the 4th year (scale OIO). In accordance with university policy, for medical doctors gross monthly salary amounts to € 3.047,- in the 1st year, up to € 3.505- in the 4th year (scale 10). The terms of employment are according to the Collective Labour  Agreement for Dutch University Medical Centers (CAO UMC).

More information

For more information about this position, please contact dr. Frank Wolters, assistant professor, phone number: +31(0)10 704 34625, or e-mail:

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.

Application proces

Step 1 - Apply

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Step 2 - Selection

Based on your application, we check to see if there is a fit between us. We will let you know as soon as possible whether you are invited for an interview.

Step 3 - Interview

You have been invited for an interview, great! In this first meeting we get to know each other and see if You can form an idea of the position, the department and Erasmus MC. If the interview goes well usually a second interview follows.

Step 4 - Offer and terms

It’s a match! Your future manager will discuss your salary and employment with you. You will also receive more information about our other terms of employment.

Step 5 - Getting started

Your first working day has come! We are more than happy to have you. Your new department will give you a warm welcome and provide you with all the information you need. Enjoy your job at Erasmus MC!

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