Vacancies 117261-PhD-candidate-Climate-adaptation-thermal-physiology-and-Health

About the position

  • 36 hours per week
  • Temporary
  • 4 years
  • Salary scale 10A
  • Fulltime: min € 2570 - max € 3271 gross per month
  • Apply before 1 June 2022

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Job description

We are looking for two PhD candidates (1.0 FTE each) who will be responsible for performing the measurements in the three municipalities. The main focus of the BENIGN project is investigating the impact of environmental heat stress on health using the parameters described below. Furthermore...

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Job description

We are looking for two PhD candidates (1.0 FTE each) who will be responsible for performing the measurements in the three municipalities. The main focus of the BENIGN project is investigating the impact of environmental heat stress on health using the parameters described below. Furthermore, both PhD candidates will have a separate secondary focus within the project, one will focus more on behavioural aspects while the other will focus more on blue and green.

Environmental heat stress affects our capacity to thermoregulate, which could increase the risk on heat-related injuries. With climate change, the impact on health related to heat stress is increasing. Blue (lakes, canals) and green infrastructure (trees, plants) may significantly contribute to reduce heat stress and the warming up of built-up areas. The ‘BENIGN’ project - BluE and greeN Infrastructure desiGned to beat the urbaN heat - aims to investigate how blue and green infrastructure can be employed in urban areas to create healthy living conditions. To do so, 3 living labs in Dutch municipalities will be set up and field-data will be collected in two large interrelated studies. Both studies will be repeated after the implementation of the blue and green interventions in order to examine how alterations in built environment affect heat stress and human health.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Design and perform a large field study at multiple locations.
  • Perform thermophysiological measurements at people’s homes during a real-life heatwave.
  • Supervise students and other employees who contribute to the execution of the field-studies.
  • Data processing and statistical analysis.
  • Writing of scientific articles and presenting the results at (inter)national conferences.
  • Option to contribute in the educational program of the studies Biomedical Sciences and Medicine.


Department

The Radboud university medical center and the Radboud Institute for Health Sciences (RIHS) offer a unique, multidisciplinary working and learning environment with opportunities for developing expertise in a diversity of research areas and techniques. Prof. Maria Hopman will be your primary...

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Department

The Radboud university medical center and the Radboud Institute for Health Sciences (RIHS) offer a unique, multidisciplinary working and learning environment with opportunities for developing expertise in a diversity of research areas and techniques. Prof. Maria Hopman will be your primary supervisor and Dr. Coen Bongers will be your daily supervisor. The progress of the study will be discussed during weekly meetings. You are invited to write a training and supervision plan upon the start of your PhD trajectory, in which you personalize your own learning trajectory for the next 4 years (including courses, work visits, conference visits, etc.).

Within the BENIGN project you will work closely together with a large consortium that consist of members of different parts of the knowledge chain: fundamental (RU, Radboudumc, Donders Institute WUR, VU), applied (Deltares, Cobra), practice-oriented (UUM) and civil society organizations (municipalities, Floron, GGD, citizens).

Research Institutes
At the moment there are more than 1,300 PhD candidates at our medical hospital. This number includes PhD candidates on our pay roll as well as external candidates (those employed somewhere else but researching on our premises).

  • Radboud Institute for Health Sciences: ± 700
  • Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences: ± 400
  • Donders Center for Medical Neurosciences: ± 200
Read what it is like to do a PhD at the Radboud University Medical Center.

Radboudumc
Radboud university medical center is a university medical center for patient care, scientific research, and education in Nijmegen. Radboud university medical center strives to be at the forefront of shaping the healthcare of the future. We do this in a person-centered and innovative way, and in close collaboration with our network. We want to have a significant impact on healthcare. We want to improve with each passing day, continuously working towards better healthcare, research, and education. And gaining a better understanding of how diseases arise and how we can prevent, treat, and cure them, day in and day out. This way, every patient always receives the best healthcare, now and in the future. Because that is why we do what we do.

Read more about our strategy and what working at Radboud university medical center means. Our colleagues would be happy to tell you about it. #weareradboudumc


Profile

The BENIGN project is focusing collecting data in field-based settings, which creates multiple logistic challenges. In order to be successful and finish your PhD thesis in a timely manner, you should be initiative, proactive and results-oriented, and have strong skills in project management and...

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Profile

The BENIGN project is focusing collecting data in field-based settings, which creates multiple logistic challenges. In order to be successful and finish your PhD thesis in a timely manner, you should be initiative, proactive and results-oriented, and have strong skills in project management and flexibility. You have the ability to work both independently and as a team player. 

Futhermore: 
  • Master’s degree in relevant discipline (Medicine, Biomedical sciences, Human movement sciences, Medical biology or equivalent).
  • Academic excellence, as demonstrated by CV.
  • Strong interest in human studies and climate.
  • Experience and/or interest in performing experimental studies with human participants.
  • Outstanding statistical, communicative and collaborative skills.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken Dutch and English.
International candidates who feel they qualify for the job are strongly encouraged to apply, however the nature of the job requires proficiency of the Dutch language.

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Terms of employment

The start of PhD studentship can be discussed. Working at Radboud university medical center means that you are ahead of the curve and working together on the healthcare of the future. And there is more. Our secondary terms of employment are impressive. These are fully tailored to you thanks to...

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Terms of employment

The start of PhD studentship can be discussed. Working at Radboud university medical center means that you are ahead of the curve and working together on the healthcare of the future. And there is more. Our secondary terms of employment are impressive. These are fully tailored to you thanks to our Employment Conditions Selection Model. At Radboud university medical center, you will be given trust, and you will take the responsibility to handle everything together. We provide annual courses, both professional and personal.

  • In addition to your monthly salary and an annual vacation allowance of 8%, you will receive an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
  • If you work irregular hours, you will receive an allowance.
  • As a full-time employee (36 hours per week), you are entitled to approximately 168 vacation hours (over 23 days) per year.
  • Radboud university medical center pays 70% of the pension premium. You pay the rest of the premium with your gross salary.
  • You get a discount on health insurance as well: you can take advantage of two group health insurance plans. UMC Zorgverzekering and CZ collectief.
 
In addition to our terms of employment, we also offer employees various other attractive facilities, such as childcare and sports facilities. Want to learn more? Take a look at the Cao UMC.


Application procedure

Please address your application to Dr. Coen Bongers. You should submit a motivation letter (max. 1 page), a CV, and the names of two persons who can provide references. We would like to receive your application before 1 June 2022. We will then contact you shortly.

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Application procedure

Please address your application to Dr. Coen Bongers. You should submit a motivation letter (max. 1 page), a CV, and the names of two persons who can provide references. We would like to receive your application before 1 June 2022. We will then contact you shortly.

What else can you expect?

When you begin employment, we will request a certificate of conduct (VOG) and, depending on the position, you may be screened. You do not need to do anything for this; we will inform you later. 
 
Radboud university medical center is an employer that welcomes everyone. Every colleague brings valuable experience, expertise, and creativity. We believe in the benefits of a diverse and inclusive organization. #weareradboudumc

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We are recruiting for this vacancy ourselves. We only accept applications directly from the applicants themselves, but intermediaries are welcome to share our vacancies in their networks.​


Contact

All additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Dr. Coen Bongers , post-doctoral researcher or from Prof. Maria Hopman, Professor. Use the Apply button to submit your application.

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Contact

All additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Dr. Coen Bongers, post-doctoral researcher or from Prof. Maria Hopman, Professor. Use the Apply button to submit your application.

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