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Cardiologie Erasmus MC

PhD student Public Health in the new ICAI Stroke Lab: from 112 to Rehabilitation

  • Closing date 05-04-2023
  • 08.13.23.TG
  • 36 hours
  • Research university
  • Research & Education

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  • Closing date 05-04-2023
  • 08.13.23.TG

Job description

Each year, more than 30,000 patients with ischemic stroke are admitted in a Dutch hospital and this number is increasing. Endovascular thrombectomy is a new treatment that was introduced in 2015 and strongly improves functional outcomes of stroke patients. However, major challenges remain. One of the most prominent is that despite a successful endovascular thrombectomy one to two thirds of patients still have a poor outcome. Moreover, further down the clinical management of stroke patients, identifying those individuals who benefit most from rehabilitation and providing patients with realistic outcome estimations are also of great importance. In this PhD project you will contribute to solving these challenges. You will analyse large clinical and radiolodical data sets to optimize endovascular therapy and rehabilitation trajectories based on pre- peri- and post-interventional parameters.

The PhD project is one of the five PhD positions in the ICAI Stroke Lab, one of the ROBUST program's labs. The ROBUST program on Trustworthy AI-based Systems adds 17 new labs to the ICAI’s current ecosystem. The aim of the ICAI Stroke lab is to improve the outcome of stroke patients by optimizing the whole chain from the 112-call to rehabilitation with AI. Specifically, we intend to develop and assess AI-based patient stratification (faster, more accurate) for acute stroke care interventions, AI based functional outcome prediction after endovascular therapy, image-guidance in endovascular interventions for better therapeutic outcome and data-driven individualized stroke recovery policies, based on patients’ current abilities and on constantly updated prognostic models for stroke recovery. In addition, we will study the acceptance of such AI-models by clinical decision-makers. There will be strong collaboration between the PhD students in the ICAI lab.

Work environment

The research in the ICAI Stroke Lab is a collaborative effort by the Departments of Public Health, Neurology, Epidemiology, Rehabilitation Medicine, and Radiology & Nuclear Medicine from the Erasmus MC, the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management from the Erasmus University, and Philips Healthcare.

For this position you will be primarly based in the department of Public Health, but also be affiliated to the departments of Neurology and Radiology & Nuclear Medicine. The research will be conducted under the supervision of prof. dr. Hester Lingsma (Public Health), dr. Bob Roozenbeek (Neurology), dr. Daniel Bos (Radiology & Nuclear Medicine / Epidemiology) and dr. Theo van Walsum (Radiology & Nuclear Medicine).

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. The reseach line Medical Decision Making, led by prof. dr. Hester Lingsma aims to support patients, clinicians and healthcare policymakers in making the best decisions about diagnostic, therapeutic and other medical interventions. Our mission is to contribute to optimal evidence-based and personalised decisions in healthcare through outstanding quantitative research, in close collaboration with the clinic.

Qualifications and skills

We are looking for highly motivated candidates with a university MSc degree, who want to contribute to the rapidly developing field of stroke treatment. Candidates are expected to have outstanding research skills, to be well organized and result-driven, and to have a strong team spirit

  • The candidate should have a clinical sciences degree (e.g., Medicine, Epidemiology, Clinical Health Sciences, (Technical) Medicine, Human Movement Sciences) with an interest in data science and machine learning. Or an engineering degree (e.g., Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Data Science, Applied Mathematics, or related field) with an interest in medical applications.
  • Candidates also must have strong English language skills (written and oral).

Before you apply please check our conditions for employment.

Terms of employment

  • You will receive a temporary position for 4 years.
  • The gross monthly salary is € 2.789 ,- in the 1st year and increases gradually to € 3.536,- in the 4th year (scale OIO).
  • Excellent fringe benefits, such as a 13th month that is already paid out in November and a induvidual travel expense package.
  • Pension insurance with ABP. We take care of approximately 2/3 of the monthly contribution.
  • Special benefits, such as a incompany physiotherapist and bicycle repairer. And there is also a sports club where you can work on your fitness after work.
  • An International Office which aids you in preparing for your arrival and stay. 

More information

For more information about this position, please contact Hester Lingsma (e-mail through Judith Spek: 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.

Some demographic data of selected applicants will be shared with Maastricht University who is coordinating the recruitment drive for LTP ROBUST. You may also check the other vacancies for this ICAI Lab at Erasmus MC (3 PhDs) and Erasmus University (1 PhD).

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 - Job 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 of employment

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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