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PhD position on health data-science in the field of medication safety

Are you a highly motivated researcher interested in data-science and medication safety?
PhD position on health data-science in the field of medication safety
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  • Hours: 36 uur per week
  • Location: Locatie AMC
  • Contract type: training
  • Salary: € 2.631 - € 3.336
  • React until: 31 August 2022
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The project

We seek excellent and motivated candidates for two PhD positions in a multidisciplinary project encompassing leveraging techniques from computer science / data-science and medical informatics to improve medication safety in patients with chronic kidney diseases. The “Leveraging real-world data to optimize pharmacotherapy outcomes in multimorbid patients by using machine learning and knowledge representation methods” project, shortened as LEAPfROG, includes application of methods, tools and algorithms to:

1) create high quality real-world data from electronic health records of patients,

2) create computer-interpretable medical domain knowledge,

3) optimize logical reasoning of machine learning algorithms by combining learning from real-world patient data with learning from medical domain knowledge sources, and lastly

4) create a prototype for a clinical decision support system for physicians, pharmacists and patients in which the developed methods, tools and algorithms are integrated to support decisions making at-the-bedside.

These four areas of research correspond to the four scientific work packages of the project. Each work package consists of several research tasks, and these tasks are strongly intertwined between the work packages in terms of research content as well as planning.

Please visit LEAPfROG project website for more information about the project, the work packages, and the available PhD positions (three in total):  

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About your role

Suitable PhD candidates hired at the Department of Medical Informatics should have a strong interest in data-science, improvement of real-world data quality, and clinical decision support systems, especially in the field of medication safety. These PhD positions will be under supervision of Medical Informatics senior researchers: dr. Ronald Cornet, dr. Joanna Klopotowska, prof. Ameen Abu-Hanna, dr. Stephanie Medlock and dr. Linda Peute - experts in respectively the field of interoperability and quality of medical data, medication safety, machine learning, and clinical decision support systems.

During the LEAPfROG project you will closely collaborate with the PhD candidate working on LEAPfROG at the Dept. of Computer Science at the VU. Furthermore, you will also work closely with our key end-users (physicians, pharmacists and patients), data-stewards, and with experts from the field of medical-ethics and medical laws.

About you
  • Excellent candidates with a masters’ degree in medical informatics, computer science, informatics, bioinformatics, biomedical sciences, epidemiology and/or biostatistics, medicine, pharmacy, and demonstrable experience in conducting (statistical and machine learning) analyses in R, Python (or a comparable computing environment) are invited to apply. Knowledge about the medical domain / health data-science will be considered as advantage.
  • In addition to demonstrable experience in conducting (statistical) analyses, solid experience in programming or user experience (UX) design, is required. 
  • In consultation with LEAPfROG researchers, the best match will be sought between the content of the work packages and the tasks included therein and the training, experience and interests of the suitable candidates. The candidate should be capable and interested in working with all involved PhD candidates and experts during all phases of the life cycle of a comprehensive data science project such as the LEAPfROG project, taking into account relevant legislation and best practices regarding privacy and information protection of medical data.
  • For various tasks in the project, fluency and good command of the Dutch language (in writing and speech), next to English, are mandatory. At least Level B2 in written and spoken Dutch is required or the willingness to achieve this level.
  • Personal qualities such as a proactive attitude, dedication, autonomy, creativity and genuine interest in scientific research are essential. Experience with writing and publishing scientific research will be considered an advantage.
Our offer

We offer ample opportunity for development, deepening and broadening, additional training and a place to accelerate your personal and professional growth! Working at Amsterdam UMC, location AMC, means working in an inspiring and professional environment where development is encouraged in every aspect. Furthermore, the AMC Graduate School program offers training courses on scientific topics as well as on complementary skills.

  • We also offer a contract for 12 months with the prospect of an appointment for a total of 4 years leading to an academic promotion.

  • Besides a good basic salary, you will also receive an 8.3% year-end bonus and 8% holiday allowance. Calculate your net salary here.

  • Pension accrual with BeFrank, a modern, understandable and fairly priced pension.

  • Excellent accessibility by public transport and reimbursement of a large part of your travel expenses. We also have sufficient parking spaces in front of the office and a good bicycle scheme.

  • For an overview of all our other terms of employment, please visit

About your workplace

The Department of Medical informatics (in Dutch Klinische Informatiekunde) of Amsterdam UMC is one of the leading Medical Informatics departments in the Netherlands and Europe. Our mission is to study, develop and apply methods native to informatics and information sciences in order to better understand and to improve health care. Our education and research activities as well as our contribution to quality registries contribute to our mission.

The Department of Medical Informatics consists of around 55 staff members (researchers, lecturers, software engineers, data-managers, and management assistants) of which eight are directly involved in the LEAPfROG project. Our scientific staff consists of internationally renowned scientists with an excellent scientific and public network in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and beyond.

More information about the department can be found at:

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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The procedure involves two rounds, both of which will be held in September 2022. We ask you to take this into account. Invitations to this first round of interviews are possible during the publication period, so you are welcome to apply already in July or August.

Do you have any questions? For substantive information, please contact Joanna Klopotowska via

For more information about the application procedure contact Tanja Hart, Recruitment Advisor, via 06-21603178 or

A reference check and screening can be part of the procedure. Read here what this involves. If you join us, we will ask for a VOG (Certificate of Good Behaviour). 

Internal candidates will be given priority over external candidates in case of equal suitability.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.