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Are you passionate about equity, women’s health and supporting cancer patients? We offer a challenging post-doc position in the group Health Technology and Services Research at the Technical Medical Centre in collaboration with the Netherlands Cancer Organisation (IKNL, Utrecht)

In women, the diagnostic process is known to be somewhat longer in case of vague complaints. Other diagnosis such as burn – out or depression might be given more often, even if physical complaints underlie the complaints.

In this project you will use large databases (e.g. the Netherlands Cancer registry, NIVEL Eerstelijns zorgregistratie, Intercity database or Pharmo registry) to compare the diagnostic trajectory between men and women and get insight in possible differences in the diagnosis before the final diagnosis of cancer. Moreover, stage at diagnosis will be analysed as well. The possible use of AI in analyzing this data will enable us to find patterns in the data which can give us more insight in the reasons for delay.

To understand the behavioural components included in this process, we will carry out a systematic review of behaviour, cognitions and emotions in patients and GPs with special attention for differences in men and women in the different phases of the diagnostic delay in cancer.

The results of the above mentioned projects will be used to write (a) grant application(s) to be able to continue the work.

Your profile:

  • vision and ambitious drive (seeing opportunities and possibilities, showing ambition towards contributing to the field of quality of care for women’s health, and better understanding of gender differences in cancer diagnosis);
  • knowledge of and experience in quantitative research (working with large databases) in combination with qualitative research (interviews and focus groups);
  • hold a PhD degree in epidemiology, psychology or a related field and have experience in research, which is apparent from publications in reputable academic journals, presentations in international scientific conferences, and other academic activities;
  • conduct qualitative and quantitative research within a multidisciplinary environment;
  • active in networks for acquiring research funding, and have ambition and experience in working closely with government agencies;
  • collaborate with the Netherlands Comprehensive Cancer Organisation (IKNL) and other institutions who host large patient databases with information on diagnosis and treatment;
  • good communication skills and an excellent command of English.

Our offer:

  • A full-time position for 1 years, and the flexibility to work (partially) from home;
  • Your salary and associated conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU);
  • You will receive a gross monthly salary ranging from € 3.557,- to € 4.670,- ;
  • There are excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, and a solid pension scheme;
  • A minimum of 232 leave hours in case of full-time employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours. A full-time employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis;
  • Free access to sports facilities on campus;
  • A family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid).
  • Excellent career support and courses for your professional and personal development

Additional information regarding the position can be obtained from prof. dr. S. Siesling (, +31534895638).

Are you interested in this position? Please send your application via this ‘Apply now‘ button before 23 June 2023, and include:
Examples; a CV and list of publications.

At the University of Twente, a multidisciplinary group of researchers has come together to work on the specific unmet needs and unresolved problems in various life phases of women. Together, we work on gaining knowledge on the (changes in) physical and mental health of women, including anatomy, physiology and pathology of the female body but also looking at wellbeing throughout their life.

At HTSR, expertise in (early) HTA/health economics, clinical epidemiology, behavioral research and data science is combined to support decisions on innovation development, evaluation, and implementation. HTSR is part of the Technology, Policy and Society (TPS) department at the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences, a growing multidisciplinary research group exploring how emerging innovations affect our societies, institutions and daily lives, and vice versa. The contributing sections collaborate to craft and evaluate responsible and sustainable solutions for challenges in healthcare and other fields.

Within the UT, we work closely with the Technical Medical Centre, a leading Innovation Hub equipped with pioneering infrastructure, improving healthcare by personalized technology, and stimulating entrepreneurship.

The Faculty of Behavioral, Management and Social sciences (BMS) aims to play a key role in understanding, jointly developing and evaluating innovations in society. Technological developments are the engine of innovation. As a technical university that puts people first, we tailor them to human needs and behavior and use social engineering to integrate them into society. We also ensure adequate governance at public and private level, and robust, inclusive and fair organizational structures. We do this by developing, sharing and applying high-quality knowledge in Psychology, Business Administration, Public Administration, Communication Sciences, Philosophy, Educational Sciences and Health Sciences. Our research and education in these disciplines revolves around tackling and solving societal challenges. The research programs of BMS are closely linked to the research of the UT institutes Mesa+ Institute for Nanotechnology, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.

As an employer, the Faculty of BMS offers work that matters. We equip you to create new possibilities for yourself and for our society. With us, you will become part of a leading technical university with increasing, positive social impact. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial atmosphere, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example through our flexible, adaptable benefits.

Datum plaatsing: 6 juni 2023

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