Junior researcher Health Technology Assessment and Sustainable Healthcare MUMC+ – Maastricht UMC – Maastricht

Maastricht UMC

Wat ga je doen?

What will you be doing?
We are seeking a junior researcher to join our research team as an ambitious PhD student on the CAREFREE (Creating A healthieR Environment for FutuRE patiEnts) project that aims to determine how patient care in the hospital can be optimally adjusted to reduce the environmental impact as much as possible.

The Dutch healthcare accounts for 7-8% of the total national greenhouse gas emissions. In hospitals, at least 20% of this is related to the operating theatre. This includes waste, inhalation gases for anaesthesia, energy for air refreshment, and medicine residues in wastewater. To change the behaviour of all stakeholders, the CARFREE project assembled a diverse team to make the operating theatre greener by gaining insight into the biggest polluters. The project aims to fill knowledge gaps with regard to environmental impact but also to provide tools that enhance trust, acceptance, and a change in behaviour. The project leader is prof. dr. N. Bouvy of the Maastricht University/MUMC and the project is funded by NWO through the Knowledge and Innovation Covenant’s ‘Collaboration in mission-driven innovation’ (NWO-KIC). The project is also introduced in a short .
The research will be executed by a consortium with partners from the universities and university medical centres of Maastricht, Amsterdam, and Nijmegen, in collaboration with a wide range of companies and stakeholders such as B-Braun-Medical, the Netherlands Patient Federation, and the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM).

Health Technology Assessment within the CAREFREE project
The focus in the project is on the environmental impact of removing the gallbladder through laparoscopic procedure. Health technology assessment (HTA) is an important part of the research. HTA is a multidisciplinary discipline that uses different methods to determine the value of health interventions for society. In the context of sustainability and the impact of environmental effects of the CAREFREE project, this means that you will perform costing studies in collaboration with the project partners to investigate the health care costs of alternative courses of action. In addition, you will work on literature reviews to examine outcomes for different strategies related to gallbladder surgery. There is also the opportunity to work on a broader methodological theme, depending on your interests, for example on how to assess and incorporate the environmental impact of health technologies in health economic evaluation and HTA analysis.

Every day of the week is different! You will meet with your supervisors once a week, join department and research meetings, CAREFREE consortium meetings, and meet up with other CAREFREE PhD students and partners. Most of your week, however, is spent on conducting research activities. In addition, there will be opportunities to take courses that are relevant for your personal and academic development, and present your work at (inter)national conferences. Wat vragen wij van jou? Job Requirements
We are looking for a curious and ambitious academic with a strong quantitative background.

  • A Master’s degree in a related field such as health sciences or health economics is an advantage;
  • Acquired training and/or practical experience in costing studies or economic evaluation;
  • Demonstrated keen interest in the subject matter;
  • Proven capability to function effectively both independently and within a collaborative team setting;
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English, accompanied by good communication skills;
  • Proficiency in Dutch would be a valuable supplementary skill, in particular for communication with Dutch stakeholders.
  • For this position you need to be able to provide a statement of conduct (“Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag”, VOG). Hoe ziet je werkomgeving er uit? How is the work environment?
    We welcome you to the world of Maastricht UMC+, a world in which top care goes hand in hand with warmth and attention, for our patients and for each other. It is a world that could be the start of a great career!

    The Quality, Innovation and Research (KIO) expertise unit aims to create an environment in which professionals and patients experience the space to achieve the best possible care together. Our philosophy is that research leads to innovation, innovation leads to quality and quality leads to more research. This circle enables us to work together with healthcare professionals on quality, innovation and research in our hospital to provide the best possible care and continuously learn from this.

    Within KIO you will be positioned at the department of Clinical Epidemiology and Medical Technology Assessment (KEMTA). KEMTA is part of the Maastricht University Medical Centre+. KEMTA participates in clinical and health technology research projects and initiates independent research with the goal of achieving the best possible patient care. Approximately 25 people work at KEMTA, and the department is led by a professor of Health Technology Assessment and Decision making and an associate professor of Clinical Epidemiology. Arbeidsovereenkomst Work contract
    It is primarily a contract of 1 year for 32 to 36 hours per week. After proven suitability, the contract can be extended up to two years (total period of three years) according to the University Medical Centre collective labour agreement article 2.4.2. Wat bieden wij? What we offer
    The University Medical Centre collective labour agreement applies to this position. We offer: an end-of-year benefit of 8.3%, and holiday allowance of 8% of your gross yearly salary. Salaris Salary:
    Depending on education and experience, the salary will be in accordance with grade 10 of the University Medical Centre collective labour agreement.

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