PhD candidate in the field of cancer screening

  • Erasmus MC
  • Rotterdam, Nederland
  • jan 29, 2021
Fulltime Data Science

Job Description

You will be extending and further developing a world-leading computer simulation model for the evaluation of cololorectal cancer screening and use this model to predict benefits, harms and cost-effectiveness of colorectal cancer prevention.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Europe and other developed countries. Fortunately, early detection or screening has been proven to effectively prevent colorectal cancers and colorectal cancer death. In response, many countries have decide to offer colorectal cancer screening to their population to reduce morbidity and mortality from the disease. However, screening also poses serious harms, such as false-positive test results and overdiagnosis. We therefore have the continuous responsibility to try and improve the benefits of screening and reducing its harms.

As part of the Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET), Erasmus MC collaborates with a group of cancer modelers throughout the world to advance the field of cancer screening.Within this network, you will extend and further improve the world-leading MISCAN-Colon microsimulation model and use the model to evaluate the comparative effectiveness of different screening strategies. You will use its results to advise national and international government institutes about the optimal way to reduce the burden of colorectal cancer screening across the world. This project will allow you to gain experience with a broad range of quantitative research methods, applied to addressing a highly relevant societal challenge among all developed countries in the world, potentially resulting in significant health impact. The project enables you to collaborate with an international research team that includes a comprehensive mixture of relevant backgrounds, including econometrics, decision modeling, biostatistics, epidemiology, public health, and clinical practice.

Qualifications and skills

  • You are a MSc graduate in Econometrics, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, applied Mathematics, Statistics, Theoretical Biology, Theoretical Psychology, Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Bio-informatics, or a related field.
  • Key skills that you will be developing and working with are quantitative analysis, scientific communication (oral and written), programming, and working in a team.
  • The department further highly supports the candidates who want to further develop their skills in acquisition, multidisciplinary collaboration, leadership, goal-oriented working, creativity, initiative, engagement, vision, and visibility.
  • We offer the opportunity to deepen your affinity with quantitative research and acquire further experience in advanced data analysis, modelling, and writing of scientific papers.

Terms of employment

You will receive a temporary position for 4 years. The gross monthly salary is € 2.495,- in the 1st year and increases to € 3.196,- in the 4th year (scale OIO). The terms of employment are according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for Dutch University Medical Centers (CAO UMC).

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Reinier Meester, assistant professor, e-mail: queries regarding your application, please contact Jerry Chandansingh, Recruiter, by phone number: +31 (0)6 500 310 06.