PhD candidate in data science focusing on federated learning for healthcare at the Clinical Data Science group, Department of Radiotherapy

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Maastricht University (UM)


Maastricht University has a vacancy for a PhD student at the faculty of Health Medicine and Life Sciences in Clinical Data Science. In this position, you will perform all aspects of clinical data science research in a pan-European collaborative network consisting of 14 partners aiming to improve the care of adolescents and young adults with cancer. The selected candidate will be in charge of data harmonization that makes diverse data from routine care, national cancer registries and patient portals adhere to FAIR data principles. In addition, the selected candidate will be collaborate with research partners and project stakeholders to apply statistical and machine learning methods to answer clinical and operational questions. The selected candidate joins an interdisciplinary team comprising computer scientists, medical physicists, clinicians, informaticians, software engineers, post-doctoral researchers and other PhD students.


We are looking for a committed and ambitious PhD-student with at least an MSc-degree in data science, medical informatics, computer science, medical physics or equivalent scientific discipline. A strong background in programming, data processing and statistical machine learning is needed.

You are an open-minded, self-motivated, independent, responsible and results-oriented researcher who shows initiative, and takes pride in high quality of work. We are looking for someone with a special interest in healthcare research and who is motivated to build a scientific career in healthcare. You are expected to closely collaborate with other members of the Clinical Data Science group and communicate your work widely.

Willingness to travel for research work and teaching/mentoring experience will be viewed favourably. For this position, you need to relocate to the Maastricht-region of The Netherlands. Knowledge of the Dutch language is not a requirement, but you must be fluent in English (minimum of IELTS 7 or equivalent). You must have demonstrable communication skills for academic publications and oral presentations.


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 22,000 students and about 5,000 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 Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.
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Temporary employment for 4 years. The first year will be a probation period, after a positive assessment the position will be extended for another 3 years, which happens in the vast majority of cases.

Your salary will be € 2,541 gross per month in the first year up to € 3,247 gross per month in the fourth year according to the PhD-candidate salary scale. An 8% holiday and an 8.3% year-end allowance is also provided.

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 > About UM > Working at UM.

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STRONG-AYA is a European Union HORIZON-funded project. General public summary about the project is available here.

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Leonard Wee, e-mail:

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