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PhD Candidate Biostatistics

We are looking for a motivated candidate for a PhD project in Biostatistics. This project focusses on developing new statistical methods to derive omic-based biological age predictors.

2 maanden geleden


Albinusdreef, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 uur
€ 2495 - € 3196 per maand


Determining a person’s biological age is a topic of great current interest. Although chronological age is strongly associated with disease and mortality, large heterogeneity exists between individuals, suggesting that the chronological “clock” does not properly describe an individual’s expected remaining lifespan. In the era of high-throughput molecular technologies, a promising line of research is to obtain omic-based biological “clocks”, which can truly capture the underlying health status of a person. Your research will focus on time to death as an outcome and you will investigate different types of high-dimensional prediction models for survival data. As PhD student in Biostatistics, you will mostly be active in research and developing novel methodology under the supervision of Prof. Hein Putter and Dr. Mar Rodríguez-Girondo. You will present your results locally and at international biostatistics conferences, and publish your results in statistics journals and as a PhD thesis. In addition, your work will involve collaborating with biomedical researchers and applying your methods to their data sets. You will need to write software to make your methods usable by others, and you will be expected to teach medical students (at most 10% of your time).

In short

• You hold a Master’s degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Biostatistics or a related field
• You have excellent programming skills in R or other statistical programming languages
• You are highly interested in novel statistical methodology and you have a profound interest in medical applications


You hold a Master’s degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Biostatistics or a similar subject with a strong mathematical background, and have a profound interest in medical applications. You have good communicative skills in English and enjoy collaborating with researchers outside your own field. Excellent programming skills in R or other statistical programming languages are essential.


As a PhD candidate, you will be appointed for the duration of four years. Your salary is a maximum of € 2.495 in the first year, amounting to a maximum of € 3.196 in the final year (scale PhD students, Collective Labour Agreement University Medical Centers).

Additional information

Your career at the LUMC

The LUMC offers opportunities to maintain and develop your knowledge and skills. We offer internal courses and in-service training to help you with your personal development. We also offer services for mobility and career advice.

Contact details
Contact: Mar Rodrigues Girondo, assistant professor, department of Biomedical Data Sciences