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PhD in causal record linkage

Would you like to improve healthcare by developing new statistical methods for causal record linkage?
PhD in causal record linkage
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  • Hours: 36 uur per week
  • Location: Beide locaties Amsterdam UMC
  • Contract type: training
  • Salary: € 2.570 - € 3.271
  • React until: 5 June 2022
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About your role

Causal inference
Finding causal relationships instead of associations is highly challenging, especially with observational data. Is treatment A observed to be better than treatment B because it is truly beneficial, or is it because treatment A was given mainly to patients with a better prognosis? Causal inference is a hot topic in statistics, and there is an urgent need to develop more methods that are applicable to a wide variety of medical research questions.

Record linkage
When data is spread across data files (e.g. data from a trial and from a healthcare registry), it is often not straightforward to combine them. Record linkage is the science of linking data from multiple sources. There are many ways to do this, but computational challenges remain.

The PhD project: causal record linkage
In this PhD project, we will combine causal inference and record linkage. We will aim to estimate causal effects based on multiple data sets. We will develop new statistical methods to carry out an integrated analysis. Of particular interest is the development of Bayesian approaches and the inclusion of survival data. The research will consist primarily of deriving new statistical methods and developing algorithms (e.g. EM-algorithm, variational Bayes) to implement the new methods.

Most of your time will be spent on research, resulting in a PhD thesis. In addition, we expect the successful candidate to contribute to the teaching activities of the department, to participate in seminars and to present their research at (international) conferences. 

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About you
  • A master's degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Econometrics or a related field (either already completed, or to be completed in 2022);
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Experience with statistical programming, e.g. in R, Python or Julia;
  • Experience with Bayesian inference, record linkage or causal inference is a plus (but not required).
Our offer
  • A contract for one year (12 months) with the intention to extend for another 36 months.
  • Besides a good basic salary, you will also receive an 8.3% year-end bonus and 8% holiday allowance. Calculate your net salary here.
  • Free and unlimited access to our online learning environment GoodHabitz.
  • Pension accrual with ABP, of which we pay 70% of the premium.
  • Reimbursement of 75% of your public transport costs. Would you rather travel by bike? Then we have a good bicycle scheme.
  • An active personnel association and the Young Amsterdam UMC association, both of which organise fun (sports) activities and event
About your workplace

You will become a member of the Big Statistics group in the Department of Epidemiology and Data Science. We are an international group of statisticians, and we aim to link big data to clinical response by novel, problem-specific statistical methods.

Your main supervisors will be dr. Stéphanie van der Pas (website) dr. Michel Hof (website) and prof. dr. Mark van de Wiel (website). You can learn more about the activities of our group on Twitter or on our website

Amsterdam UMC has an open culture. This means that we hope that everyone feels welcome in our organization and that we strive to offer equal opportunities to everyone. We therefore cordially invite all interested parties to respond to this vacancy. Check out our approach to diversity and inclusion.
What to expect
A job in our beautiful capital city
Working for the favorite employer in healthcare (intermediary 2021)
All colleagues have the same goal: contributing to tomorrow’s care
There is room for development, deepening and broadening of your knowledge
An active staff association that organizes fun activities and arranges discounts on products and services for you
Amsterdam UMC innovates continuously, which requires a flexible attitude from everyone
Two large locations, good for your pedometer!
You have more than 15.000 colleagues, not all of whom you will get to know personally
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During the publication period, applications will be handled continuously. If the vacancy is filled, it will be closed prematurely.

Please include with your application:

  • Your cv;
  • A letter of motivation describing why you are a good fit for this position;
  • Optionally, if available: a (provisional) grade list for your MSc degree [please append to cv];
  • Optionally, if available: a (draft of) your MSc thesis [please append to cv].

Start date is flexible, preferably between September - November 2022. Should you not graduate until this summer, you are cordially invited to apply now. 

For more information regarding the project and position you can contact, dr. Stéphanie van der Pas, assistant professor at the Amsterdam UMC, via

For more information about the application process please contact Tanja Hart, Recruitment adviser, via 06-21603178 or via

A reference check, screening and hiring test may be part of the procedure. Read here whether this also applies to you. If you join us, we ask for a VOG (Certificate of Good Conduct).

In case of equal suitability, internal candidates will be given priority over external candidates.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.