Vacancies 48201-Hypatia-Tenure-Track-Fellowship-Grant-modeling-and-simulation
  • 36 hours a week
  • Temporary
  • 4 years
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Job description

Are you an expert on modeling and simulation methods with several years of research experience at post-doctoral level? Apply for a Hypatia Tenure Track Grant, 1 million Euros for 4 years!

The Hypatia Tenure Track Grants of the Radboud university medical center offers a unique opportunity. Click here to learn more.

Your career opportunity
Radboud university medical center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, is a leading academic center for patient care, education and research, with the mission 'to have a significant impact on healthcare'. We are looking for a candidate who qualifies for a Hypatia Tenure Track Grant of the Radboud university medical center. This unique and highly sought after research position offers a special opportunity to establish an independent research group.

At the Department for Health Evidence, Radboudumc, there are two research lines that offer excellent opportunities for researchers with expertise in the area of modeling and simulation:

[1] Personalized risk-based cancer screening and follow-up
The research group on Cancer Screening and Follow up focuses on the evaluation of the long-term benefits and harms of screening for (breast) cancer. In particular, the group studies whether moving from the current 'one-size-fits-all' screening policies to more individualised screening approaches can help optimise the (cost-)effectiveness of breast cancer screening. A similar risk-based approach is being investigated in secondary screening, i.e. follow-up tests in cancer survivors for the early detection of recurrences.

[2] Health care models as a means to provide decision makers with quantitative information
The research group Healthcare Technology Assessment (HTA) is involved in research that supports decision making on prioritization of care at different levels such as society, third party payers and hospitals. For this research, different health care models are used. A special interest is in general micro simulation models that with appropriate modifications can address a range of problems. For example an HIV model that is used to answer a variety of questions at multiple moments in time. These questions may involve the (cost)-effectiveness of innovative treatment modalities, treatment modifications and (personalized) prevention and screening strategies.

Your function
We are looking for an expert in the building and application of mathematical (disease) modelling and micro-simulation methods, such as Markov models, discrete event simulation, or system Dynamics, to study the effectiveness and efficiency of risk-based cancer screening and follow up strategies, innovative treatment modalities and (personalized) prevention and screening strategies beyond the cancer domain. Tailoring screening or follow up regimens to persons at varying levels of risk may be addressed in several ways: changing age limits for starting and stopping ages, changing screening or test intervals, and adding new techniques to current screening tests. All of these will need to be assessed separately and in combination, taking advantage of high-quality empirical data, to find the optimal screening or follow up strategy with the best benefit-harm ratios and cost-effectiveness.


We are looking for an enthusiastic, skilled, and proactive researcher with a degree in (medical) informatics, (health) economics, econometrics, or a similar discipline, with an interest in the building and application of micro simulation models, early cycle health economic modeling and optimization of early detection strategies in health care. Other important assets are: scientific and education qualities, personal initiative and originality, collaboration capacity, experience in coaching and guiding students, PhD students and junior faculty members and the ability to successfully team up with peers to attract research funding.

The criteria for the Hypatia Tenure Track Grant are:
  • Excellent researchers (preferred candidates should have obtained their PhD degree within the last 8 years) with a strong motivation to perform top internationally-recognized research;
  • At least 2 years of post-doctoral experience;
  • At least six months of international experience;
  • A proven research track record;
  • High affinity for applied research in one of the Radboudumc research themes.


Radboudumc strives to be a leading developer of sustainable, innovative and affordable healthcare to improve the health and wellbeing of people and society in the Netherlands and beyond. This is the core of our mission: To have a significant impact on healthcare. To get a better picture of what this entails, check out our strategy.

Read more about what it means to work at Radboudumc and how you can do your part.

Employment conditions

Fixed-term contract: 4 years.

Upon commencement of employment we require a certificate of conduct (Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag, VOG) and there will be a screening based on the provided CV. Radboud university medical center’s HR Department will apply for this certificate on your behalf.

Read more about the Radboudumc employment conditions and what our International Office can do for you when moving to the Netherlands.

Comments and contact information

Additional information about the position can be obtained from:
Prof. Bart Kiemeney, Professor of Cancer Epidemiology,
Dr. Eddy Adang (HTA), Associate Professor,
Dr. Rob Baltussen (HTA), Professor in Global Health Economics,
Dr. Mireille Broeders, Associate Professor,
Additional information about the procedure can be obtained from Dr. Dagmar Eleveld, Hypatia grant admission officer,

The selection procedure has two stages:
Stage 1: Review cv and proposal outline
Submit your CV, which includes past research performance and research proposal outline. Research proposals should fall within the research profile of one of the three affiliated research institutes. Within 4 weeks after the submission deadline, you will be informed if you go to stage 2. If the you are selected for stage 2, you need to apply for the Hypatia grant. Please make sure you meet the candidate criteria for the Hypatia grant, otherwise it is not possible te apply for this vacancy.
Stage 2: Full proposal, seminar and interview
If you are selected as a possible candidate, we will provide you an application form. You will then be requested to submit a full research proposal that will be sent to external referees. Thereafter you will be invited to give a seminar and will be interviewed by group leaders. A decision will be made on the basis of the seminar, interviews with group leaders and peer-reviewed research proposal.

Please apply before 27 September 2020, 23:59 CET. An application form will be provided upon request via

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