Your challenge

You will be appointed as a junior researcher of the European Horizon2020 project I-CARE4OLD, in collaboration with 14 international partners organisations from 6 European counties, Israel, Canada, the USA.

Optimal care for older patients with complex chronic conditions (CCC) is challenging. Not only do older patients with CCC present with multiple conditions and functional impairments, these often interact with each other, as well as with their treatments.
Patients with CCC are concentrated in home care and nursing home settings. Professionals working in these settings often lack appropriate decision support that mirrors the medical and functional complexity of these persons. Aim of I-CARE4OLD is to improve reliable prognoses and estimation of treatment impact for older care recipients with CCC in home care and nursing homes settings. The project aims to develop, validate, and test next generation decision support, using high quality internationally standardized routine care data.

Main Approach of our multidisciplinary international consortium is to:
(1) link high quality and structured routine care assessments of functional capacities, diseases, and treatments with administrative repositories on mortality, (unplanned) hospitalizations or long-term care admissions on CCC patients from 8 countries;
(2) develop and validate prognostic algorithms using a variety of techniques including machine learning to better predict (i) outcomes and the modifying impact of (ii) pharmacological and (iii) non-pharmacological treatments;
(3) test user experiences of health professionals on individual patients with an e-platform that processes algorithms on new assessments real time.

You contribute to multiple work packages. Focus will be to estimate the impact of non-pharmacological interventions on (prevention of) adverse outcomes in multinational databases. You support the composition of high-quality Dutch databases and prepare analytic files. You review the literature, perform (big) data research, and prepare pilots with professionals to test the new decision supports. You report in scientific journals, present on conferences, finally resulting in a PhD dissertation. Parallel, you support the management team preparing consortium meetings, internal and external communication, and dissemination activities. You receive regular supervision and follow an individualized educational program which can result in a master of epidemiology (eg EpidM).

Your profile

What we expect from you is a completed academic training such as in medicine, health or behavioral sciences, medical informatics, epidemiology. You have some experience in conducting scientific research and quantitative data analysis in statistical software programs (for example SPSS, STATA or R) You are accurate, have perseverance, excellent organizational and communication skills, you enjoy knowledge acquisition and have the ambition to acuire a PhD. You speak and write English fluently. We also encourage international researchers to apply. Experience with (research on) care for older people is an asset.

Your work environment

You work in a friendly and stimulating multidisciplinary research department with a mix of junior and senior researchers, clinicians and supportive staff with regular exchanges, and knowledge transfers. The project will be embedded in the ‘Aging & Later Life’ research program of the Amsterdam Public Health research institute and the ‘Care for Older Persons’ research programme of the Department of General Practice. There will be close collaboration with the (inter)national interRAI network.

Working at Amsterdam UMC means working in an inspiring and professional environment in which developing one`s talents and skills are encouraged. We offer you ample opportunity for development, deepening and broadening, additional training and a place to grow!

We offer

Salary Scale -: marktconform gross when employed full-time (depending on qualifications and experience).

Salary scale: 2495 till 4615 euro based on a 36 hour week, depending on qualifications and experience.
In addition we offer:

  • 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance.
  • Free and unlimited access to the training offer of our online learning environment GoodHabitz.
  • Your pension is accrued at The Dutch Pension Fund for government and education employees (ABP). Amsterdam UMC contributes 70% of this scheme.
  • We reimburse 75% of your public transport travel costs and also offer a bicycle arrangement.

For more information about our employment conditions, please visit our website.

For Dutch citizens it is mandatory to provide a certificate of conduct (Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag; VOG).

Additional information

The research project aims to start on September 1. The duration of the research project is 4 years and should result in a PhD.

The first interviews are scheduled for the first week of July. We kindly ask you to take this into account.

Information and application

Don’t hesitate to call us!
If you’re interested about this position, you can contact Hein van Hout, via telephone number 06-10694694.
If you need more information about the application procedure, contact Brend de Jong, corporate recruiter at 020-4448704.

You can apply till 27 June 2021 by using the apply button.

Acquisition based on this vacancy is not appreciated.