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Postdoctoral Researcher: Lifting the Burden of Disease, Subproject 2

As a postdoctoral researcher you will be responsible for one of the three subprojects of the NWO-funded Open Competition project 'Lifting the Burden of …

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Houtlaan, Nijmegen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 uur
€ 4274 - € 4274 per maand


As a postdoctoral researcher you will be responsible for one of the three subprojects of the NWO-funded Open Competition project 'Lifting the Burden of Disease. The Modernisation of Health in the Netherlands: Amsterdam 1854-1926'. This project aims to understand the substantial improvements in life expectancy prior to the 1930s as a result of the decline of infectious diseases, and the principal determinants driving this development, based on individual-level cause-of-death registers for the city of Amsterdam between 1854 and 1926. The project has a multidisciplinary perspective, situated at the interface between infectious disease dynamics and historical demography.

Three postdoctoral researchers will work on this project, each focusing on one of three arenas in which the effects of mortality determinants are played out:
1) the urban disease environment;
2) the life course and the family, and
3) the physical urban environment at neighbourhood and street levels.

The first subproject will be carried out at Leiden University Medical Centre, subprojects 2 and 3 will be carried out at Radboud University. For a full description of the project, please contact project leader prof. A. Janssens.

You will work on subproject 2: Lifting the burden of disease: a life-course analysis of victims and survivors of infectious diseases.

Your postdoctoral research will assess how individual and family characteristics impact upon the risk to die from a specific infectious disease, how this changes over time and how this reflects the principal determinants driving the mortality decline in infectious diseases. You will have three main tasks within the project:
1) To conduct a life-course approach to mortality using population register data taken from the Historical Sample of the Netherlands, combined with the Amsterdam data on causes-of-death, using complex survival analysis.
2) To collect additional archival material and data from the Amsterdam city archive and other Dutch source material.
3) To produce material for valorisation goals, such as an exhibition and other results for the general public, in close cooperation with the other members of the project team.

You will contribute research results to the project's database. You will present research results in at least three major articles in international scientific journals. Furthermore, you will cooperate closely with the project leaders and the other two postdoctoral researchers, and will participate in the project's programme as a speaker and organiser.


  • A completed PhD degree in economic and social history or the social sciences such as economics, sociology, demography (at least a manuscript approved by the board of examiners).
  • An excellent research and publication record in relation to your career stage.
  • Demonstrable experience with research on life course data.
  • Excellent active command of spoken and written English.
  • Commitment to work as part of a dynamic, international, productive and multidisciplinary team.
  • For international applicants: a strong willingness to acquire a passive understanding of Dutch.


  • Employment: 40 hours per week.
  • A maximum gross monthly salary of € 4,274 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 10).
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: You will be appointed for an initial period of 12 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2 years.
  • The intended start date is 1 February 2020.
  • You will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service: our Dual Career Officer will assist with family-related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.
  • Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Angélique Janssens, Professor of Historical Demography
Tel.: +31 24 361 22 07
Email: a.janssens@let.ru.nl