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Vacancy: PhD candidate ‘Prevention and early detection of cancer in people with intellectual disabilities

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About the vacancy

  • 32-36 hours per week
  • Fixed term
  • 4 years
  • Scale 10A
  • Fulltime: min € 2495 – max € 3196 gross per month
  • Closing date: 8 November 2021
  • Date of first interview: 18 and 19 November 2021

Within the Department of Primary Care Medicine we are looking for a PhD candidate ‘Prevention and early detection of cancer in people with intellectual disabilities’. Will you join our team?

The research group Medicine for people with intellectual disabilities (GMVB) cooperates with seven care organisations for people with intellectual disabilities in the form of the academic workshop Sterker op eigen Benen (Stronger on Own Legs). You will be working within a project funded by the Maarten van der Weijden Foundation: Prevention and early detection of cancer in people with intellectual disabilities.

People with intellectual disabilities have different cancer risks compared to other people. Less attention is paid to the risks of cancer, because the disability itself is often the focus of attention. Reasons for conducting precautionary cancer screening in this target group are insufficiently known. This leads to later diagnoses of cancer, fewer treatment options and more deaths from cancer than in other people. To improve this, it is necessary to know which cancer risks doctors should pay more attention to in people with intellectual disabilities and how they themselves can better decide on participation in preventive tests. Four studies are planned for this purpose:

  1. Literature review on the relationship between specific VB syndromes and cancer risk.
  2. Data study on participation in population screening.
  3. Qualitative research into experiences with participation or non-participation in population screening.
  4. Mixed-method study of knowledge and recognition of cancer risks among supervisors.

Together, these studies lead to recommendations and (information) materials about cancer prevention in people with intellectual disabilities.

As a PhD student you are responsible for the practical implementation of the research project. You are responsible for the accurate design and execution of studies and are a networker who reports on your results in international journals and at conferences. You also share your results with a wide audience. This PhD position is embedded within the research school RIHS (Radboud Institute for Health Sciences). The project will lead to a dissertation and scientific PhD.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Design and execution of research based on the project description.
  • Collect and analyze research data, both quantitative and qualitative.
  • Publish in scientific journals.
  • Collaborating with co-researchers with intellectual disabilities and a sounding board group.
  • Presenting results at conferences and meetings.
  • Representing the Academic Workshop.

The department
Primary Care Medicine
of the Radboudumc strives to strengthen the health of individuals and the population as a whole through good, accessible and efficient care close to home. The mission of the Department of Primary Care Medicine is therefore ‘a significant impact on health – personalized healthcare in context’. To this end, in collaboration with primary care practices and institutions in the region, the department organizes care innovation projects, scientific research, education for medical students and health scientists, and specialization training for general practitioners, geriatric specialists, addiction physicians and occupational/insurance physicians. The Department of Primary Care Medicine is divided into three units: Training, Education and Research.

The Radboudumc
The Radboudumc wants to lead the way in shaping the healthcare of the future. We do this in a personal and innovative way. And in close cooperation with our network. We want tohavea significant impact on healthcare . We want to do better every day. Striving every day for better care, research and education. Every day we better understand how diseases arise, how we can prevent, treat and cure them. That way, every patient always receives the best care, now and in the future. Because that’s what we do it for.

We are looking for a candidate with a strong interest in health research and affinity with the target group, people with intellectual disabilities and/or oncology. You have experience in research writing and reporting. Furthermore, you are an independent and flexible team player with great analytical skills. You have experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods.

You have a Master’s degree in (Biomedical) Health Sciences, Medicine or Social Sciences. A research master’s degree is an advantage. You have a good command of the Dutch and English languages, both verbally and in writing. You also recognise yourself in the Radboud way of working.

Terms of employment
Working at the Radboudumc means being at the forefront and working together on the healthcare of the future. And there’s more. Our fringe benefits are excellent. Tailored to your needs thanks to our terms of employment model. At the Radboudumc you are given the trust and responsibility to get things done together. We provide annual training, both professional and personal.

  • In addition to your monthly salary and an annual holiday allowance of 8%, you will receive a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • If you work irregular hours, you will receive an allowance for this.
  • Based on a 36-hour working week, you are entitled to approximately 168 hours of holiday (over 23 days) per year.
  • The Radboudumc pays 70% of the pension premium. You pay the rest of the premium yourself via your gross salary.
  • Discount on your health insurance. You can make use of two collective health insurance schemes: UMC Health Insurance and CZ collective.

In addition to our
employment conditions
we also offer employees various other
attractive facilities
such as childcare and sports facilities. Would you like to know more? Take a look at the
Collective Labour Agreement umc

Application procedure
We would like to receive your application before November 8, 2021. We will get back to you as soon as possible. The first round of interviews will take place on 18 and 19 November 2021. A possible second round will take place on 2 December 2021. It’s nice of you to take this into account. An assessment is also part of the application procedure.

What else can you expect?
When you join us, we ask for a certificate of good conduct (VOG) and, depending on the position, a screening will take place. You don’t have to do anything for this, we’ll tell you more later.

The Radboudumc is an employer where everyone is welcome. Every colleague brings valuable experience, expertise and creativity. We believe in the added value of a diverse and inclusive organisation. #wijzijnradboudumc

If you have any questions about this position, please contact dr. Maarten Cuypers, project manager. To apply use the link below:

We recruit for this position ourselves. Acquisition is not appreciated, but sharing in your network is.

Date of placement: 15 October 2021

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