Doctoral Position in Medicine and Health Care

University of Antwerp Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences


Department: Family Medicine and Population Health
Regime Full-time

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The research group First line and Interdisciplinary care within the department Family Medicine and Population Health of the Faculty of Medicine and health sciences has the following full-time vacancy: a full-time doctoral scholarship holder in the field of medicine and health care.


  • You work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis on the scope of the "Shared and informed decision-making in general practice in a culturally diverse context." This concept is applied to the preferences of patients with a migrant background regarding communication (e.g., preference for limited communication of stressful information or for communication directly to family members) and medical decision-making (e.g., preference for family-centered decision-making). The primary goal is to improve diversity-sensitive, patient-centered care by examining existing strategies and adapting them to patient preferences and legal options.
  • You will collect and analyze qualitative data on how general practitioners experience medical decision-making together with people of migrant background and what strategies they use in doing so.
  • You will work closely with the two fellowship students who focus on the patient perspective and the legal framework, respectively.
  • You will undertake a limited set of teaching and research support tasks for the research group.


  • You earned a master's degree in medicine, health sciences or another relevant discipline, or you will obtain the degree no later than the time of appointment. The is s conditions of admissibility.
  • You have a special interest in scientific research in the field of primary care medicine
  • You can demonstrate excellent study results.
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies.
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity, and cooperation.

What we offer

  • We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years. Following a positive evaluation, the scholarship can be renewed once for another two-year period.
  • The planned start date is 1 September 2023 or as soon as possible after that date.
  • Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the scholarship amounts for doctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for contract research staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • You will receive ecocheques, internet-connectivity allowance and a bicycle allowance or a full reimbursement of public transport costs for commuting.
  • You will do most of your work at the City Campus in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here.

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including Monday 1 May 2023 (by midnight Brussels time). Applications submitted after this deadline will be declared inadmissible. Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments:The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure. Please make a note of the following date: TBD (interview).
    1. a motivation letter;
    2. a detailed overview of your study grades; and
    3. your academic CV.

The University of Antwerp received the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award for its HR policy. We are a sustainable, family-friendly organisation which invests in its employees’ growth. We encourage diversity and attach great importance to an inclusive working environment and equal opportunities, regardless of gender identity, disability, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse characteristics to apply. 

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