Your challenge

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is one of the major health care challenges of this century. AD gradually deteriorates the cognitive abilities of a patient, with dementia as end-stage. In the Netherlands, almost 300,000 people live with dementia, mostly caused by AD.

As of September 1st 2021, we have a vacancy for a PhD student on the ABOARD project. ABOARD works towards a future with personalized prevention of AD, that consists of a combination of lifestyle and disease-modifying strategies. The key to put AD to a halt lies in the stages preceding dementia, where patients experience mild symptoms and where there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. ABOARD’s mission is to get off to a flying start by making all preparations for effective, patient-directed diagnosis, prediction and prevention of AD. This mission will be realized by a multi-disciplinary consortium that consists of more than 30 partners in the Netherlands. ABOARD includes various sub-projects. As a PhD student you will develop individualized risk predictions from big real-world data and cohort studies . The patient perspective will take a central position by collecting so-called ‘patient reported outcomes’ (PROs) during the project. After careful validation, ABOARD aims to roll out the prediction tools on a national level.

Your main tasks as PhD student will include:

  • The coordination and development of an integrated data platform analyzes of linked cohort and registry data;
  • The coordination of Dutch Alzheimer Cohort, including national roll out and data collection;
  • Write and publish scientific manuscripts on study results, which will result in a PhD dissertation;
  • Present and disseminate research results at (international) conferences;
  • Contact person for project partners.

You will be supervised by Prof. Dr. Hans Berkhof, head of the department of Epidemiology & Data Science, and Prof. Dr. Wiesje van der Flier, scientific director of the Alzheimer Center Amsterdam. Daily supervision will be performed by Dr. Ingrid van Maurik.

Your profile

We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious researcher with strong expertise and interest in epidemiology and data science.

In addition, you have:

  • A quantitative master’s degree, for example in applied statistics or epidemiology, or a a master’s degree in neuroscience or psychology with a specific focus on quantitative methods;
  • Demonstrable affinity and experience with statistics or epidemiology;
  • Demonstrable affinity and experience with scientific research;
  • Excellent communication skills in English and preferably also in Dutch.

Your work environment

You will work at both the department of Epidemiology and Data Science and at the Alzheimer Center Amsterdam. The department of Epidemiology & Data Science supports and initiates medical and methodological research and applies statistical methods for the analysis of clinical trial data and real-world data, The department also serves as an expert center of the Amsterdam UMC on the linkage of cohort and registry data.

The Alzheimer Center Amsterdam stands for distinctive patient care and high-quality scientific dementia research. Our mission: to make dementia treatable and ultimately curable. With more than 75 employees, the Alzheimer Center is part of the department of Neurology of Amsterdam UMC – location VUmc. For more information, please visit the website.

We offer

Salary Scale PHD: 2495 tot 3196 euro gross when employed full-time (depending on qualifications and experience).

The monthly wage will increase yearly to the maximum salary in the fourth year of 3,196 € gross per month.

In addition, we offer:
– Additional benefits include an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8.0% holiday pay.
– The opportunity to follow further training and development.
– Pension is accrued at the ABP. VUmc contributes a large part of the premium (70%).
– In addition to excellent accessibility by public transport, we reimburse 75% of your OV travel costs (commuting costs).

We offer an initial contract for 12 months that will be extended (after evaluation) for another 36 months.

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

For Dutch citizens it is mandatory to provide a VOG (Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag). Foreign citizens need to provide comparable police clearing certificates.

Additional information

We would like the candidate to start at September 1st 2021.

Information and application

Don’t hesitate to call us!
If you’re interested about this position, you can contact Prof. dr. Hans Berkhof or Prof. dr. Wiesje van der Flier, via telephone number 020-4449255.
If you need more information about the application procedure, contact Brend de Jong, corporate recruiter at 020-4448704.

You can apply till 30 June 2021 by using the apply button.

Acquisition based on this vacancy is not appreciated.