PhD Position in the Field of Healthcare Management (1.0 FTE)

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.

SOM, the graduate school and research institute of the Faculty of Economics and Business has available:

One PhD position in the field of Healthcare Management

Job Description

The main focus of the research is on value based healthcare in regional healthcare networks. Regional networks become more and more important in the movement towards delivering the right care at the right place. The assumption from Value Based Healthcare is that collaboration between care providers within these networks offers opportunities to improve the quality of care and to reduce costs. This PhD project aims to examine the extent to which regional networks lead to more value for the patient. You will have access to a large number of regional oncology networks in the Netherlands. Within this position, we expect you to conduct high quality case study research.

The empirical research will be conducted in close collaboration with several Dutch University Medical Centers that work together in the national Citrien program ‘Towards regional oncology networks’. You will be managing regional projects throughout the Netherlands in conjunction with regional project managers, aimed at improving oncological network care. The principles of Value Based Healthcare will be applied in these projects. Therefore, the quality in relation to the costs of the network must become visible and schematic. The measurement of quality and costs should be based on existing data and quality records. The development of models and measurement systems takes place in consultation with experts and stakeholders in the field of healthcare.


You have affinity with the theme healthcare and a Master of Science in a relevant field, like business administration, sociology, biomedics or related fields. You should have fluent skills in the Dutch and English language (writing and speaking). In addition, you should have affinity with conducting case study research and managing projects.

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.

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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