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Junior Researcher 0,8FTE - School CAPHRI, Department of Health, Ethics & Society

We are looking for a junior researcher to work on the EU research project ‘Reducing Inequalities in Vaccine uptake in the European Region – Engaging Underserved communities (RIVER-EU)’. This project aims to make access to vaccination, with specific focus on MMR and HPV, equitable. To improve access to these vaccines among underserved communities in Greece, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovakia, the project will aim at identifying and removing health system barriers.

2 maanden geleden


P Debyeplein, Maastricht, Limburg
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
30 - 32 uur
€ 2790 - € 4402 per maand


Project background:

The RIVER-EU project (2021-2026) is funded by the European H2020 research programme and is coordinated by the UMC Groningen. A consortium of 14 partners from the Netherlands, Greece, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Belgium, Israel, Finland and the UK carries out the project. The project is dedicated to improve vaccination uptake among underserved communities. Vaccine coverage for minority groups, including those with a minority ethnic background, in Europe is lower than that for the general population. In this project, we consider this not a result of the ‘choice of individuals’ but a result of the functioning of health care systems. RIVER-EU focuses on identifying and removing obstacles in the health care system by adjusting existing interventions to improve health care systems and developing new ones that are tailor-made with and for disadvantaged communities. The project emphasizes the relevance of a participatory and contextualized approach.

Job description:

You will be working in the interdisciplinary and international environment of Health, Ethics and Society Department (HES) at Maastricht University. You will work under direct supervision and in collaboration with the main researcher (task leader) and responsible professor. The main tasks will be literature search (e.g. in European data bases), and gathering, managing and analysing qualitative empirical data for a transferability analysis of promising interventions and their potential need for adaptation to be implemented in the respective target countries (Netherlands, Poland, Greece, Slovakia). In addition, you may participate in the write-up and presentation of the project outcomes. The contributions may be in the form of tables/lists for the research report and scientific publications. The position allows you to explore different aspects of the practice of scientific research, while working in an experienced international research team. As such, the one-year position can be a great experience and potential stepping-stone for your future carrier.


Ideal candidates for this position are self-motivated, self-driven, independently thinking young researchers who like to work in a collaborative team and are eager to learn. Further requirements are:

  • a (research) master’s degree (or near completion) in public health/European public health, health sciences, medicine, sociology, anthropology, science and technology studies or other relevant discipline;
  • excellent conceptual and analytical skills;
  • experience with qualitative research;
  • familiarity with literature about the functioning of healthcare systems, implementation science, health services research and vaccination programmes;
  • interest in interaction processes between science, policies, practices, and feeling for the importance of local contexts and participatory approaches;
  • excellent skills and fluency in English are required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Dutch is an advantage;
  • you are available to start the job on short notice (October or November 2021).


We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

The position, 0.8 FTE, is temporary for the duration of 1 year.
Salary dependent on qualifications and work experience (salary scale 10). This position is defined according to the UFO function profile 'Researcher 4'.

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl > Support > UM employees.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact:
Tamara Schloemer, email tamara.schloemer@maastrichtuniversity.nl or
Prof. Klasien Horstman, email k.horstman@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

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