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PhD candidate Intercambio: Sustainability work practices in Health care

Passionate about sustainability? Join our team!


A healthy population and excellence in healthcare through research and education. This is what Erasmus MC stands for. Conducting groundbreaking work. Pushing boundaries and leading the way. In research, education, and healthcare. We are practical people with a high level of expertise, working hard to improve and renew the healthcare of today and the public health of tomorrow.

You will become a part of the research team at the Department of Public Health, where we are dedicated to improve population health at local, national, and international level through excellent research and education. Our research is characterized as highly multidisciplinary and is focused on the development and use of innovative methods. Collaboration with and direct impact on practice and policy are at the heart of our work.

Your specific research group, Occupational Health, is committed to contribute to an inclusive and sustainable labour market. Employment is an important determinant of health. We strive to improve sustainable employability, among all social groups and promote life-long working in good health,

This interdisciplinary project will be performed in collaboration with TNO and other related European research institutes.


How to incorporate sustainable work practices in health care? What are direct and indirect effects on health care workers?  Which individual and organizational factors facilitate or hamper sustainable development? If you get excited about these questions, we are looking for you: an ambitious PhD candidate to join our multidisciplinary project team!

The European Green Deal has set a range of objectives for climate change, work and health. Climate change is shaping the future of work, yet little is known about  the impact of climate change on occupational health and safety. The INTERCAMBIO project aims to promote mental and physical health of workers in changing work environments due to climate change, implementation of new sustainable working practices, and among workers in green jobs.

The health care sector is responsible for 5-10% of the carbon footprint and numerous interventions are being developed to facilitate transition towards more sustainable health care. As a PhD candidate you will be involved in studying potential health impacts of changing work environments due to implementation of sustainable work practices among health care workers in the Netherlands. The impact will be evaluated by methods of `natural experiments’ with observational data, taking advantage of the large variation in uptake and magnitude of interventions in real life. You will work on developing a conceptual model for impact of sustainable work practices on health and wellbeing and executing an empirical study for impact evaluation.

This project will allow you to gain experience with a broad range of quantitative and qualitative research methods, applied to a highly relevant societal challenge In Europe, potentially resulting in significant health impact.

The project is embedded within the European Intercambio consortium, a large European Union funded Horizon project, and as such enables you to collaborate with researchers from 12 research institutes across Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, Belgium and  Switzerland from a comprehensive selection of relevant backgrounds including Occupational and Environmental health, Epidemiology, Psychology and Toxicology.



The position is offered to (research) MSc graduates in Health Sciences, Psychology, Epidemiology, Public Health, Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, or other related field/experience to sustainability. Key skills that the candidate will be developing and working with are quantitative and qualitative analysis, including integrated data-analysis, design and execution of natural experiments, collection and analysis of continuous data (such as collected through wearables) and interviews,  and scientific communication (oral and written). The department highly supports candidates who want to further develop their skills in multidisciplinary collaboration, goal-oriented working, independence, and engagement.


Your qualifications:

  • A dynamic person who thrives in a hands-on environment, excited about engaging in field research and collaborating with various stakeholders.
  • A strong affinity for sustainability
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in Dutch and English. For this position your command of the Dutch and English language is expected to be at C1 level.
  • A strong drive to conduct social-scientific research in a multidisciplinary team and enthusiastic about analyzing natural experiments in  work settings.


As a PhD, you are asked to complete the Master of Science program at Netherlands institute for Health Science (NIHES) during your appointment time. Being able to present a certificate of good conduct is a condition for the appointment.


 Wat bieden wij

  • You will receive a temporary position for 4 years. The gross monthly salary is € 2.901,- in the 1st year and gradually increases to € 3.677,- in the 4th year (scale OIO).
  • Excellent fringe benefits, such as a 13th month that is already paid out in November and an individual travel expense package.
  • An International Office which aids you in preparing for you arrival and stay.
  • Pension insurance with ABP. We take care of approximately 2/3 of the monthly contribution.
  • Special benefits, such as an incompany physiotherapist and bicycle repairer. And there is also a gym where you can work on your fitness after work.


Inlichtingen en solliciteren

For more information about this position, please contact Heidi Lammers-van der Holst, Assistant Professor, phone number: +31 (0)1 0 704 3721.

If you are excited by the thought of this position and would like to apply, please do so by using the application form on our website.

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