PhD Position in Health Economics in Particular Economic Evaluation in Healthcare

University of Groningen




Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen (RUG) has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Belonging to the best research universities of Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

Faculty of Economics and Business
The Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) offers an inspiring study and working environment for students and employees. International accreditation enables the Faculty to assess performance against the highest international standards. It also creates an exciting environment of continuous improvement. FEB's programmes, academic staff and research do well on various excellence ranking lists.

FEB and UMCG, departments of Neurology and Epidemiology, have an ongoing and successful research collaboration particularly in the context of acute health care and now have available:

A PhD position in health economics, in particular economic evaluation in healthcare

Job Description

You will be positioned in the COnsortium for New TReatments of Acute STroke (CONTRAST), for which University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) is the primary partner. The Netherlands Heart foundation funded CONTRAST consortium comprises a total of 18 research centres and over 60 researchers, and focuses on innovative treatments for acute ischemic stroke. Part of the challenges of offering innovative health care pertain to logistics and finances. As lead partners for the work package on logistics and cost-effectiveness, UMCG and FEB/RUG will develop simulation models to address and assess stroke services in the Netherlands. In particular, the candidate will adapt and use the modelling platform foreseen to conduct cost-effectiveness analyses for innovations introduced in this domain of healthcare. This work will be completed in close collaboration with you currently working on logistics.

You will collaborate locally with other healthcare providers, and in the broader context of the consortium to obtain all relevant data, and adapt and populate the simulation model. Once the clinical studies within the consortium have reported on clinical effectiveness you will be responsible for subsequent economic evaluations, and the reporting thereof.

You will be embedded in SOM, the graduate school and research institute of the Faculty of Economics and Business and in SOM’s research programme in Operations,


If you have a Master of Science degree (or equivalent) in (health) economics, business administration, health sciences, epidemiology, or other akin and relevant discipline are invited to apply. You have a keen interest in health care, and should be familiar with quantitative methods used in economic evaluation (preferably in health care). Proof thereof may be requested.

Conditions of Employment

We offer in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary starting from €2,325 which increases yearly to a maximum of €2,972 for a full-time working week
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income in May
• an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance in December
• a full-time temporary appointment for a period of in principle four years, under the condition of a positive assessment at the end of the first year.

Starting date: 1 September 2019 at the latest.

An assessment may be part of the procedure, consisting of psychological tests and an interview.

How to apply
If you are interested, we invite you to apply until 26 May 11.59pm / before 27 May 2019 (CEST). Please click on the "Apply" button below. The application package consists of the following separate documents:
1. your cv (CV attachment)
2. a motivation letter (1 A4 max) (letter of motivation attachment)
3. a scan of your diploma including transcripts (extra attachment)
4. proof of English proficiency (extra attachment 2)
5. other relevant documents (extra attachment 3).

The documents 1-4 are compulsory and please note that incomplete application packages will not be taken into consideration.

For more information on the project itself you may contact Prof. Erik Buskens (, Dr Durk Jouke van der Zee (, Dr Maarten Lahr ( or Dr Maarten Uyttenboogaart (, prospective (co-)promotors.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

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