PhD student for “Bringing patients’ outcomes data to clinical practice” (1.0 fte)

We are looking for a PhD student with affinity for both qualitative and quantitative research methods to design and evaluate optimal data communication and visualization strategies using routinely collected health data.
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Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


We are looking for a PhD student with affinity for both qualitative and quantitative research methods to design and evaluate optimal data communication and visualization strategies using routinely collected health data.

The routine measurement of health outcomes data is a key component of value-based health care. However, many questions remain on how to translate outcomes measurements into clinical improvements. In the proposed project, a set of best practices will be generated about data communication and visualization strategies that support and motivate healthcare providers to improve care processes.

To achieve this, ongoing improvement efforts for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) within the BeterKeten, a regional collaboration between 8 hospitals, will be leveraged. Data communication strategies will be designed based on best-practices derived from a comprehensive literature review, a case study analysis, and in-depth interviews with end-users in a user-centered design process. These strategies will then be prospectively tested in a stepwise design within the IBD BeterKeten.

Throughout the project, mixed methods that leverage strengths of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies will be applied. The PhD thesis will contain a carefully integrated collection of peer-reviewed scientific papers.


We are looking for:

  • an enthusiastic candidate with an MSc degree in health care policy, health care management, medicine, biomedical sciences, or similar. (Candidates with an MSc degree in a design field with demonstrated affinity for healthcare will be considered as well).
  • demonstrable skills in quantitative and quantitative research methods, surveying, and systematic literature reviews.
  • possess strong communicative skills in English.
  • be able to work independently, take initiative, and keep to deadlines.
  • Experience with design processes and software (e.g., Adobe, Axure, or other) is a pro.


Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (EUR) is een internationaal georiënteerde universiteit met een uitgesproken maatschappelijke oriëntatie in haar onderwijs en onderzoek. Onze wetenschappers en studenten werken in nauwe samenwerking met interne en externe partijen aan het oplossen van mondiale, sociale uitdagingen, geïnspireerd door het altijd dynamische en kosmopolitische Rotterdam. Onze missie luidt dan ook ‘Creating positive societal impact’. Ons academisch onderwijs is intensief, actief en toepassingsgericht. Ons onderzoek vindt steeds vaker plaats in multidisciplinaire teams, die sterk verweven zijn met internationale netwerken. Met onze onderzoeksimpact en dankzij de hoge kwaliteit van onderwijs kan de EUR zich meten met de top van de Europese universiteiten. De Erasmian values fungeren als ons interne kompas en maken de Erasmus Universiteit herkenbaar voor de buitenwereld: ondernemend, maatschappelijk betrokken, wereldburger, ruimdenkend en verbindend.


An internationally oriented and varied job in an enthusiastic team, with good working conditions in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU).

The start date of this position is October 1st, 2022 and you will be based at ESHPM in Rotterdam, campus Woudestein. The position is for 1 FTE. PhD students are appointed for a period of 4 years, starting with a temporary contract for 1.5 years followed by a second temporary contract for 2.5 years after proven suitability. Remuneration will be in accordance with the PhD scale set by the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). Fulltime work will pay € 2,541 in the first year, increasing to €3,247 in the fourth year. In addition, we offer an 8% holiday allowance, an end-of-year payment of 8.3%, and a very generous paid leave scheme. Furthermore, EUR is affiliated with ABP for the pension provision, and we offer partially paid parental leave, fully paid extended birth leave for partners, a personal career budget, work-life balance coaches, discounted collective health insurance, and more. As an employee, you can also use EUR facilities such as the University library and receive a discount on subscriptions for the Erasmus sports center.

Erasmus University Rotterdam offers a Dual Career Programme (DCP) to assist the life partners of new academic staff (on payroll) in finding employment in The Netherlands. The programme is offered in close cooperation with the nearby universities of Delft and Leiden.

Erasmus University Rotterdam aspires to be an equitable and inclusive community. We nurture an open culture, where everyone is supported to fulfill their full potential. We see inclusivity of talent as the basis of our successes, and the diversity of perspectives and people as a highly valued outcome. EUR provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, functional impairment, citizenship, or any other aspect which makes them unique. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.

Meer informatie

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained by contacting dr. Welmoed van Deen ( or prof. dr. Janneke van der Woude (CJ van der Woude

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