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PhD position clinical trials and personalized medicine

DepartmentKlinische Farmacie & Farmacologie
Work locationGroningen
Apply no later than31 August 2020

Working environment

Clinical research within the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology focuses on personalized medicine for the treatment of renal and cardiovascular complications of type 2 diabetes. Principal investigators within the department are involved in numerous clinical trials and large cohort studies to develop new methods of tailoring medications using biomarker based approaches and improve clinical trial designs by integrating novel methodological techniques.

Job description

To support ongoing research and clinical trials the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology is soliciting for a 4-year full time PhD position for a medical doctor. The candidate is expected to:

  • responsible for recruitment and monitoring of patients in clinical trials;
  • responsible for operational conduct of clinical trials according to Standard Operating Procedures to assure quality of research;
  • carries out statistical analyses or database development. This may include assisting lead biostatisticians for clinical trials performed in cardio-metabolic conditions;
  • write study reports and scientific publications;
  • stays current on relevant research via statistical or medical training, self-study, internal training and courses, external conferences and courses, for example.

We offer a unique, multidisciplinary working and learning environment with possibilities to develop expertise in a diversity of research areas and involvement in ongoing large international clinical drug trials. You will be working in an energetic and enthusiastic team of more than 30 researchers from diverse backgrounds. The group has an extensive network, both nationally and internationally.

What do we need

We are looking for an enthusiastic medical doctor or epidemiologist with a Master's degree or equivalent in medical sciences or epidemiology. Experience in the conduct, analysis and interpretation of clinical trials is required. The candidate has knowledge and experience with statistical software. We expect the candidate demonstrates professional competence and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Sufficient proficiency in Dutch language is required. The candidate has experience in English writing.

Candidates who have (almost) completed their Master’s degree are invited to respond.

The UMCG has a preventive Hepatitis B policy. The UMCG can provide you with the vaccination, should it be required for your position.

In case of specific professions a ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’ is required.

What do we offer

The candidate will have an appointment for a duration of one year at the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology of the University Medical Center Groningen. After a positive evaluation, the contract will be extended for the remaining part of the project.

Your salary will be a maximum of € 4.615,- gross per month (scale 10), depending on your qualifications and relevant experience, based on a full-time appointment. In addition, the UMCG will offer you 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
The terms of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Medical Centers (CAO-UMC).

Intended starting date: 1 October 2020.

Your application should include your motivation, curriculum vitae, and contact information of at least two references.

More information

For more information about this vacancy you may contact:
prof. dr Hiddo Lambers Heerspink, telephone +31 50 361 7589, e-mail address Contact

Applying for a job

Please use the the digital application form at the bottom of this page - only these will be processed. You can apply until 31 August 2020.
Within half an hour after sending the digital application form you will receive an email- confirmation with further information.