About the position
- 36 hours per week
- 4 years
- Salary scale 10A/10
- Fulltime: min € 2631 - max € 4800 gross per month
- Apply before 10 October 2022
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Job descriptionWe are looking for an enthusiastic PhD candidate for our KWF-project 'Towards risk-stratified follow-up care in lung cancer patients.' You will coordinate the project, interview physicians and patients and develop the dynamic AI model. For this, you will use both qualitative and quantitative... read more
We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD candidate for our KWF-project 'Towards risk-stratified follow-up care in lung cancer patients.' You will coordinate the project, interview physicians and patients and develop the dynamic AI model. For this, you will use both qualitative and quantitative research methods, write scientific papers and present the results at international conferences. Will you join our team?
In the Netherlands, routine follow-up of lung cancer patients consists of chest computed tomography (CT) scans every 3-6 months for the first 2 years and then yearly CT scans until 5 years of follow-up. With this one-size-fits-all approach, local recurrences can be detected but the risk of distant recurrence is much higher. Therefore, metastases often develop outside the scope of the scan. Furthermore, this approach was introduced before potentially survival prolonging treatments in oligometastatic (up to 5-10 metastases) patients became available. This routine follow-up is also a source of anxiety for patients, which often already starts several weeks before the planned imaging.Moreover, routine follow-up can delay diagnosis and treatment if a recurrence occurs between planned visits.
Therefore, improvement of follow-up care, by depicting the right follow-up frequency and the most optimal imaging modality per patient, is necessary to timely detect (oligometastatic) disease recurrence at a stage where effective and even curative-intent treatment is still possible. The presence of (PRO) symptoms prior to the detection of disease recurrence offers opportunities for patient participation and thus personalized follow-up strategies.
This project aims at developing a risk-stratified follow-up care approach in lung cancer patients. For this, we will develop and validate a dynamic AI model to estimate the individual risk of both local and distant recurrence in lung cancer survivors. Furthermore, a mixed-methods study will be performed amongst end users (patients and healthcare practitioners (HCPs)) to identify needs and preferences for adopting and implementing a risk-stratified follow-up care approach.
Tasks and responsibilities
- Develop and validate a dynamic AI model to estimate the individual risk of recurrence in lung cancer patients.
- Identify needs and preferences for adopting and implementing risk-stratified follow-up.
- Publish the results in international journals.
- Present the results at national and international conferences.
- Write a PhD thesis for defence at Radboudumc.
At the Department for Health Evidence, we aim to improve healthcare and public health by developing, applying and teaching methods for prediction and evaluation research.
The Department for Health Evidence has three main tasks: research, education, and consultation. The focus of all three is on research methodology and data analysis, in the context of Radboudumc’s research themes.
Keyword tasks are:
- health technology assessment
- evidence-based surgery
- international health
- multiple testing
- genomic data analyses
- urological cancer
- cancer screening & follow-up
- reproductive epidemiology
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
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
We are looking for an ambitious and enthusiastic PhD candidate who will conduct epidemiological research. You have the ambition to succeed in scientific research. Your working style is independent and well structured.
Furthermore you have:
- MSc in Epidemiology, Artificial Intelligence, Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences or Medicine.
- A key interest in oncology.
- Able to work both in a team as well as independently.
- Well-developed social skills.
- Experience with bioinformatics (R or Python).
- Ability to read and write in English.
Terms of employment
The salary depends on education. Scale 10 will be offered to MSc medical graduates; those holding degrees in other disciplines will be offered scale 10A.
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.
- A gross monthly salary between € 2.631 and € 3.336 (scale 10A) or between € 3.047 and € 4.800 (scale 10) based on full-time employment.
- An annual vacation allowance of 8% and 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.
Will you make a difference for our patients? We would like to receive your application before 10 October 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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