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Assistant Professor in Pharmacoepidemiologic Methods at Utrecht, Netherlands, May 2022

The Netherlands

Assistant Professor in Pharmacoepidemiologic Methods for candidate with PhD degree in (bio)medical, (bio)statistical or pharmaceutical science or other relevant research field is available at Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacoepidemiology & Clinical Pharmacology, Utrecht University, Netherlands, May 2022

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General Info

Position: Assistant professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 5 Years
Salary: €2,846 and €5,230

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacoepidemiology & Clinical Pharmacology

Utrecht University (UU), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

We are looking for a committed researcher who also enjoys teaching. You like to take initiative and have an integer, effective and efficient work ethic. You are able to work within international/multidisciplinary teams and think conceptually. Furthermore, we would like you to bring the following:

  • a PhD degree in (bio)medical, (bio)statistical or pharmaceutical science or other relevant research field;
  • a strong research track record in methodological development/evaluation in observational drug research;
  • scientific creativity and productivity, as evident in recent publications in (international) peer-reviewed journals;
  • the ability to acquire research funding;
  • experience in data management and quality assurance thereof;
  • experience in teaching and/or co-coordinating academic courses and with supervising MSc students;
  • you are in possession of a Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO). We offer the opportunity to acquire a BKO if you do not already have one;
  • you are fluent in English and if applicable willing to learn Dutch in the near future;
  • excellent communication skills.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Real World Evidence is essential for decision making on medicines by health care professionals, regulatory and reimbursement agencies. Evaluation of interventions in real world populations demands innovations in observational research methods and methodology to integrate and analyse data from increasingly large, rich, and often distributed electronic health record datasets.

This position involves 70% research time and 30% teaching activities. Core tasks include:

  • conducting research into the development and evaluation of methods to improve the reliability of evidence on effectiveness and safety of medicines in daily clinical practice (real world evidence);
  • contributing to the acquisition of substantial external research funding for the benefit of the research programme;
  • strongly contributing to (maintaining) cooperation with (inter)national partners in the field of Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Regulatory Science;
  • coordinating and teaching in pharmacoepidemiology related courses (pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacotherapy, medication policy) in the Bachelor's and Master's programmes Pharmacy, Drug Innovation and Epidemiology;
  • supervising research (PhD and MSc) within the scope of the research programme.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. If you have the expertise and the experience to excel in this role then simply respond via the “Apply now” button! Please enclose:

  • a letter of motivation;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least two references.

If this specific opportunity isn’t for you, but you know someone else who may be interested, please forward the link to them.

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The application deadline is 8 May 2022.

About the Organisation

As an assistant professor of Pharmacoepidemiologic methods you will be employed at the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Clinical Pharmacology  external link, at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences  external link. The division consists of a multidisciplinary team of internationally oriented researchers. The mission of the division is to improve the safe and effective use of medicines by patients and society. Our research contributes to a better understanding of the variability in medicines’ use and patient outcomes from a clinical, policy and methodological perspective.

The Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Clinical Pharmacology includes three research centres. This position is embedded in the Centre for Pharmacoepidemiology. The centre aims to develop, improve and evaluate innovative observational pharmacoepidemiologic methods to obtain reliable information on benefits and harms of medicines after marketing in real life. Methodological innovations are inspired by relevant research questions in clinical practice, pharmaceutical policy and regulation. Important themes are methods to prevent and/or control for confounding, analysis of effect modification (precision medicine), multi-database distributed analysis, and innovative approaches for increasing validity and richness of data. The Centre for Pharmacoepidemiology has established the European Research Network of Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology and has developed novel methodologies for the conduct of multi-country, multi-database studies on variability of medicines’ use and patient outcomes. The centre also hosts the Regional Office Europe of Phamacoepidemiology & Drug Safety.

At the Faculty of Science  external link, there are 6 departments to make a fundamental connection with: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physics. Each of these is made up of distinct institutes that work together to focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing problems. More fundamental still are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects. Find out more about us  external link.

Utrecht University  external linkis a friendly and ambitious university at the heart of an ancient city. We love to welcome new scientists to our city – a thriving cultural hub that is consistently rated as one of the world’s happiest cities. We are renowned for our innovative interdisciplinary research and our emphasis on inspirational research and excellent education. We are equally well-known for our familiar atmosphere and the can-do attitude of our people. This fundamental connection attracts researchers, professors and PhD candidates from all over the globe, making both the university and the Faculty of Science a vibrant international and wonderfully diverse community.

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About the Employer:



  • an appointment at the level of (junior) Assistant Professor, initially for a period of five years. The position will be subject to a mid-term evaluation after approximately 2.5 years and an end-term evaluation. Following a positive evaluation the position will become permanent after five years;
  • a gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience – that ranges between €2,846 and €5,230 (scale 10-11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (cao)) per month for a full-time employment;
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities;
  • special perks include the possibility to acquire a Basic Teaching Qualification, supported with educational development programmes offered by the university, and the possibility to travel to conferences.

In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the cao for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment yourself via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow.

More information about working at the Faculty of Science can be found here  external link.

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Contact details

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact:Dr O.H. Klungel  external link([email protected]  external link).

Questions about the application procedure? Send an email to [email protected]  external link.

Interviews are planned on 18 May (first round) and 21 June (second round).

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