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PhD-candidate, FHML/School CAPHRI, Care and Public Health Research Intitute/department of Health Services Research

The Department of Health Services Research is offering a PhD position on the EU project “ProgrammE in Costing, resource use measurement and outcome valuation for Use in multi-sectoral National and International health economic evaluAtions” (PECUNIA).

9 maanden geleden


Minderbroedersberg, Maastricht, Limburg
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand


You will be part of the project “ProgrammE in Costing, resource use measurement and outcome valuation for Use in multi-sectoral National and International health economic evaluAtions” (PECUNIA) which has been funded by the European Union. The international PECUNIA consortium is a unique network of ten partners from six countries with relevant complementary methodological expertise. PECUNIA aims to harmonise methods and standardise tools for the comprehensive measurement and valuation of economic, societal and wellbeing impacts within a multi-sectoral economic evaluation. You will be the junior researcher of this project and you will have the following main tasks i) Standardize the measurement of inter-sectoral costs t with a focus on the educational and criminal justice sector, ii) standardize the valuation of these (and other relevant) intersectoral costs within economic evaluations and iii) provide country-specific contributions for PECUNIA for the Netherlands together with Erasmus University Rotterdam.

For this project you will be working within the department of Health Services Research of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (Dr. Paulus and Prof. Evers) and closely work together with the department of Clinical Epidemiology and Medical Technology Assessment of the Maastricht University Medical Center + (Prof. Dirksen).


  • You have a master’s degree in health sciences, health economics, public health or a related discipline with a substantial component of research training or relevant research experience.
  • You are enthusiastic and like to work in an international context.
  • You have a demonstrated interest and understanding of health technology assessment, health economics and economic evaluation.
  • You are versatile (a generalist) and able to contribute to multidisciplinary research.
  • You have excellent writing skills (both in Dutch and English), and preferably have earlier published publications
  • You are able to work independently, to take initiatives and capable of managing deadlines.
  • You have good communication skills to motivate a team to work towards the common success of a project
  • You are available for 48 months for this project starting from January 1st, 2018.
  • You are able to attend the job interviews which will be held on October 31, 2017 (first round) and November 14, 2017 (second round).


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 https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/support/um-employees

Temporary employment for 4 years.

Your salary would be € 2.222,-- gross per month in the first year up to € 2.840,-- gross per month in the fourth year according to the PhD-student salary scale.

Each year an evaluation will take place.

Additional information

An evaluation will take place at the final stage of the selection procedure. The aim here is that both the assessment committee, as well as the applicant, together are able to ensure a well-informed deliberation in order to commence the PhD trajectory.

Submission procedure:

Please send your entire application (in English) as a single PDF-file.

The submission should contain the following:
1. A cover letter introducing yourself, describing your motivation to conduct scientific research and in particular the topic of the project above.
2. A brief proposal (500 words) related to the topic of the project.
3. A full CV with photograph, demonstrating academic excellence, including publications and presentations (if applicable).
4. A certified copy or scan of your MA diploma (or equivalent) and academic record.
5. Names and contact details of two academic references.

Interviews with selected candidates will take place on October 31, 2017 (first round) and November 14, 2017 (second round).

For receiving the project proposal, please contact Janet Verheijen: j.verheijen@maastrichtuniversity.nl


Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 16,500 students and 4,000 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.

The mission of the Department of Health Services Research is to improve quality of life, quality and efficiency of chronic care and care of older people. We do this by studying and teaching innovations in a multidisciplinary way addressing the broad spectrum from prevention to palliative care. https://hsr.mumc.maastrichtuniversity.nl/

The department is part of the School Caphri (Care and Public Health Research Institute) of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/research/school-caphri-care-and-public-health-research-institute