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PhD position in statistical inference in Multistate Models (1.0 FTE)

Utrecht University's Faculty of Science has a PhD position in statistical inference in Multistate Models available. Are you interested? Then please read the full profile and apply.

10 maanden geleden


Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand


Multi-state models are finding increased application in medical research. They allow a detailed view of the disease or recovery process of a patient and they can be used to obtain prediction probabilities of future events, after a given event history.

The offered position will involve developing novel statistical methods for the analysis of competing risks and multi-state models. Particular big emphasis will be given to new methodologies needed for modelling disease progression in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) setting. Among the new methods to be explored: causal inference, correction for time dependent confounding, prediction for non Markov models.

The offered position is a shared position between the Department of Mathematics of Utrecht University (50%) and the University Medical Center of Utrecht (50%). Hence, the student will work along with researchers from the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care (UMCU) and with physicians of the ICU, in order to build up models of medical relevance.


You are a candidate with a Master’s degree in Mathematics or a Master’s degree in Statistics and a strong affinity for mathematics. You have experience with programming languages, including statistical programming languages.

Good communication skills in both written and spoken English are also essential.


You will be offered a full-time position for four years. The gross monthly salary will amount to €2,222 in the first year to €2,840 in the fourth year (P-scale of the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities). It is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% per year.

In addition Utrecht University offers a pension scheme and a partially paid parental leave and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities. The research group will provide the candidate with necessary support on all aspects of the project. You’ll find more information about working at Utrecht University here.

Additionele informatie

Would you like additional information about the vacancy? Then please contact Cristian Spitoni via C.Spitoni@uu.nl.

As part of the selection procedure, the candidate is expected to give an outline of his/her research plans in a written report and an oral presentation.


A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University colleagues from various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The city of Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, with a charming old center and an internationally oriented culture that is strongly influenced by its century-old university. Utrecht city has been consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the Netherlands.

The Faculty of Science consists of six departments: Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Information and Computing Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Mathematics. The Faculty is home to 5600 students and nearly 1500 staff and is internationally renowned for the quality of its research. The Faculty's academic programmes reflect developments in today's society. Read the overall impression 2016 of the Faculty of Science.

Mathematical Institute of the Department of Mathematics organises and teaches the Bachelor's curricula in Mathematics as well as the (English-taught) Master's programme in Mathematics and some service teaching in mathematics. The Institute currently comprises about ten full professors, 25 further faculty members, 30 PhD students, 10 post-docs, and teaches 500 students. The Institute is internationally recognised for its research in both pure and applied mathematics. It houses the Utrecht Geometry Centre and maintains a long-standing tradition of transdisciplinary collaboration with other scientific fields including, but not limited to, theoretical physics, theoretical biology, earth and life sciences.