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Postdoc in high-dimensional causal inference

Continue your research in causal inference in a vibrant research group at the Amsterdam UMC.
Postdoc in high-dimensional causal inference
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  • Hours: 32 36 uur per week
  • Location: Locatie AMC
  • Contract type: fixed-term
  • Salary: € 3.230 - € 5.088
  • React until: 2 April 2023
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The project

This postdoc position is part of the ERC project 'BayCause: high-dimensional nonparametric Bayesian causal inference'. The overall aim of the project is to develop new causal inference methods for high-dimensional settings, meaning many covariates/features relative to the number of individuals ('small n, large p').

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About your role

You will do research in high-dimensional causal inference, developing new methods for a variety of outcome types (continuous, binary and survival). Working with a potential outcomes or graphical approach, or both, you will investigate a Bayesian approach towards causal effect estimation in high dimensions. The focus can be on method development and/or theory development. Topics of particular interest are: sensitivity analysis for unmeasured confounding; combining multiple data sets, and developing Bernstein-von Mises theorems. There is a possibility to tailor the particular research projects to the interests of the candidate. The new methods should be made available to the community in R and python.

You will present your results at workshops and conferences, for which a travel budget is available. You are also expected to participate in some light teaching duties of the department, and to take part in local seminars and events.

About you

We are looking for a candidate:

  • With a PhD in a related field, such as causal inference or Bayesian statistics;
  • With a proven ability to develop new statistical methods;
  • With excellent communication skills;
  • Who is proficient in R or python.

Please submit with your application:

  • CV;
  • Motivation letter;
  • Links to relevant papers authored by you;
  • The names of 1-3 references who may be contacted regarding your application.
Our offer
  • A contract for the duration of the project, 3 year (36 months) postdoc position, with a travel budget. 
  • Salary schale 10: € 3.230 tot € 4.177 gross at full time employment (depending on qualifications and experience);
  • Additional benefits including an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday pay;
  • Pension is accrued at the ABP. VUmc contributes a large part of the premium (70%);
  • In addition to excellent accessibility by public transport, we reimburse 75% of your OV travel costs (commuting costs);
  • For more information about our fringe benefits, please visit: employment conditions.
About your workplace

You will join the vibrant Big Statistics research group (Big Statistics), which is part of the Department of Epidemiology and Data Science within the Amsterdam UMC. You will join a team with multiple PhD students and postdocs working on various topics in causal inference, as well as researchers with expertise in high-dimensional statistics and Bayesian statistics.

The postdoc will be supervised by dr. Stéphanie van der Pas (Stephanie van der Pas) and is part of the ERC project 'BayCause', for which two PhD students and two postdocs will be hired.

We currently work one day a week from the AMC location and one day a week from the VUmc location, with the option to work from home or from the AMC location on the remaining three days.

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 suggested starting date is September 1st, 2023, but this is flexible and earlier or later dates can be discussed.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. If you have any questions about the position, please contact dr. Stéphanie van der Pas, assistant professor, via 

For more information about the application procedure, you can contact Chey Edwards, corporate recruiter, via or via 06-21487245.

A reference check and screening may be part of the procedure. Read here what this entails. If you come to work for us, we ask for a VOG (Certificate of Good Conduct). 

Internal candidates have priority over external candidates in case of equal suitability.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.