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PhD Position in the field of Cancer Screening – Erasmus MC, Netherlands, Mar 2022

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Erasmus MC invites applications for a Ph.D. position involves the CanScreen-ECIS project, collaborators across Europe aim to develop and pilot a new screening data management system, at the Department of Public Health, the Netherlands – Mar 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: 2.570 EURO/Month

Department of Public Health

Erasmus MC, the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

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 Health Sciences, Epidemiology 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 communication (oral and written).
  • The department further highly supports candidates who want to further develop their skills in acquisition, multidisciplinary collaboration, leadership, goal-oriented working, creativity, initiative, engagement, vision, and visibility.

Before you apply please check our conditions for employment.

Responsibilities/Job Description

You will optimse performance indicators to be used in all European countries and for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening programmes, including new programmes such as prostate and lung cancer screening and evaluate the implementation of screening programmes in Eastern Europe.

Cancer is the second leading cause of mortality in European Union: there are more than 1.3 million cancer deaths each year, accounting for 26% of all deaths. One of the most effective and cost-effective interventions to reduce cancer mortality is screening for cancer. Continuous monitoring of the screening programmes is required to adequately assess the impact. Indicators can be used to assess the harms and benefits of screening to enable evaluation and quality improvement of the programmes.

In the CanScreen-ECIS project, collaborators across Europe aim to develop and pilot a new screening data management system, that allows comparison of performance indicators of all European countries. You will refine existing indicators and propose new indicators to address for example opportunistic screening, monitoring of inequalities, new approaches (risk-based screening, new tests) and potential new cancer sites. In the EUTOPIA-EAST project you will evaluate the implementation of cancer screening programmes in Eastern Europe.

In addition, you will collaborate with consortium members to organise workshops for screening programme coordinators, researchers and policy makers. The results of the project will be published in international journals and might lead to policy recommendations.

Work environment

A healthy population and excellence in healthcare through research and education. That is what Erasmus MC stands for. Conducting groundbreaking work, pushing boundaries and leading the way. In research, education, and healthcare. We are practical people with a high level of expertise, working hard to improve and renew the healthcare of today and the public health of tomorrow.

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 characterized 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 evaluation of screening research line aims to quantify the effects of screening for a wide range of diseases to help individuals, clinicians and policymakers make an informed choice about the potential/most optimal implementation of screening (and non-screening) participation. Guiding public health policies on screening using predictions of favourable and unfavourable effects and the cost of screening, based on micro-simulation modelling (MISCAN) is a major area of research.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 09.03.22.TG

Application Procedure

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.

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Terms of employment

  • You will receive a temporary position for 4 years. The gross monthly salary is € 2.570 ,- in the 1st year and increases to € 3.271,- in the 4th year (scale OIO).
  • Excellent fringe benefits, such as a 13th month that is already paid out in November and an individual travel expense package.
  • Pension insurance with ABP, we take care of approximately 2/3 of the monthly contribution.
  • Special benefits, such as an incompany physiotherapist and bicycle repairer. There is also a gym where you can work on your fitness after work.

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Contact details

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Eveline Heijnsdijk, e-mail: [email protected]. For queries regarding your application, please contact Jerry Chandansingh, Recruiter, by phone number: +31 (0)6 500 310 06.

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