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Postdoc | Epidemiology of hearing loss

Help shape the future of the Netherlands Longitudinal Study on Hearing.AMC and VUmc join forces in a merger and are managed as a whole from now on. At …

bijna 4 jaar geleden


De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 uur
€ 2659 - € 4216 per maand


Help shape the future of the Netherlands Longitudinal Study on Hearing.

AMC and VUmc join forces in a merger and are managed as a whole from now on. At Amsterdam UMC, AMC and VUmc work together on excellent care for our patients, we educate promising talents to become a doctor or nurse and we improve the future healthcare thanks to high quality and (inter)nationally recognized scientific research. Together we can do that so much better than alone.

The section Ear & Hearing at the dept. of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Amsterdam UMC – location VUmc is part of the Amsterdam Public Health research institute. One of the main priorities of the Ear & Hearing research program is to obtain insight into the determinants and consequences of hearing impairment in adults. A special focus is on the relationship between auditory functioning and participation in society.

Given the combination of medical, audiological, psychological, communicative and societal aspects related to hearing (loss), the Ear & Hearing research team is highly multidisciplinary in nature.

As a Postdoc/epidemiologist you are responsible for the maintenance and continuation of the Netherlands Longitudinal Study on Hearing (NL-SH). The NL-SH is an ongoing prospective cohort study among 3000 adults ranging from 18 to 70 years. Data collection started in 2006 and follow-up measurements are carried out every five years. Hearing ability as measured via the online National Hearing Test is central to the NL-SH. This cohort study focuses on activity and participation of adults with and without hearing impairment in a large range of important life domains. More information about the NL-SH can be found at our website.

Your challenge

In this function, you will:

  • Coordinate and oversee all activities required to maintain a longitudinal cohort study;
  • Take a leading role in writing up results and publishing papers in high impact scientific journals;
  • Supervise bachelor, master and/or PhD students;
  • Liaise with other cohort studies and with collaborative national and international academic, industrial and societal partners;
  • Build up your own research line by acquiring grants that have a focus on the impact of hearing loss on individuals and society.


You are a (preferrably registered) epidemiologist or you want to become one and you have:

  • A PhD in (bio) statistics, health sciences, medicine or a closely related field;
  • Experience in conducting (complex) longitudinal data analyses and modeling;
  • Experience in managing and linking large databases using programs such as SPSS, R and/or Survalyzer;
  • Excellent supervisory skills;
  • Strong communicative skills in English and you speak Dutch or are willing to learn Dutch on a short notice;
  • You are interested in public health and in hearing impairment specifically;
  • You are familiar with the standards of Good Clinical Practice.

In addition, you are able to act and think independently, you have a analytical capacity and you are accurate in your work. We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic team player who is curious and takes initiatives.


Salary Scale POSTDOC: 2659 to 4216 euro gross when employed full-time (depending on qualifications and experience).

In addition to a good base salary, we offer, amongst others, an 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday pay. For more information on our fringe benefits, please see our benefits http://www.werkenbijvumc.nl/vumc/arbeidsvoorwaarden/

For Dutch citizens it is mandatory to provide a VOG (Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag).

Additional information

We offer an initial contract for 12 months that can be extended (after evaluation).

Your application should include a motivation letter, a CV, a brief description of past research experience and contact information for at least two people that could provide letters of reference.


Don’t hesitate to call or email us! If you’re interested about this position, you can contact Prof. dr. S.E. Kramer, via telephone number 020-444 0969. If you need more information about the application procedure, contact Dionne Mooijer, corporate recruiter at 020-444 5635. You can apply till 2 September 2018 by using the apply button.

Acquisition based on this vacancy is not appreciated.