PhD position on Digital Disruption (JADS)

PhD position on Digital Disruption (JADS)

Published Deadline Location
19 Dec 1 Mar Den Bosch

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This PhD project will be conducted in collaboration with CZ, one of the four largest health insurance companies in the Netherlands. CZ is one of the forefront runners in understanding how technology will impact the healthcare industry and uses these insights to ensure that the Dutch healthcare remains innovative and of top quality for all citizens and patients. Therefore, the implications of this research specifically for the healthcare context need to be articulated and communicated during the project.

Job description

The research will be conducted under supervision of prof. dr. Arjan van den Born and dr. Ksenia Podoynitsyna.
Our ideal candidate wants to build the bridges between social sciences on one side, and mathematics, statistics, and computer science on the other side. While a healthy understanding of mathematics & statistics is required in this project, it is more important to have a strong understanding of the various strands of social sciences /entrepreneurship and a capability to translate these theories and ideas to statistical and analytical models. Knowledge of text mining and natural language processing techniques are a great pre.

The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Perform scientific research in the domain described;
  • Present results at (international) conferences;
  • Publish results in scientific journals;
  • Participate in activities of the group, mainly in 's-Hertogenbosch but also regularly at CZ.


Tilburg University


Candidates should:

  • Have a MSc. in Statistics, Data Science, Computer Science, Econometrics, AI or a related discipline, a Research Master, or Management/Entrepreneurship or a similar Social Sciences degree with a significant quantitative component;
  • Have a strong interest in Text Mining, Prediction Modeling, Complexity Economics, Agent-Based Modelling and Technology Disruption;
  • Have excellent analytical skills;
  • Is highly motivated and rigorous;
  • Have good technical understanding of models used in simulation and statistics;
  • Have knowledge of, or a willingness to familiarize themselves with, current research into new and innovative data science techniques;
  • Be a fast learner, autonomous and creative, show dedication and be hard working;
  • Possess good communication skills and be an efficient team worker;
  • Be fluent in English, both spoken and written.

Conditions of employment

The PhD student will be employed at Tilburg University.

We offer:

  • A full-time position.
  • The selected candidate will start with a contract for one year, concluded by an evaluation after approximately 10 months. Upon a positive outcome of the first-year evaluation, the candidate will be offered an employment contract for the remaining three years.
  • A minimum gross salary of  € 2.325,- per month up to a maximum of € 2.972,-., in the fourth year;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% (annually);
  • Researchers from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary (the 30% tax regulation). The University will apply for such an allowance on their behalf;
  • Assistance in finding accommodation (for foreign employees); 
  • The opportunity to perform cutting edge research in a large-scale joint data science project involving TiU, TU/e, JADS and a commercial partner and bringing together expertise of several senior researchers;
  • Support for your personal development and career planning including participation in courses, summer schools, conference visits, research visits to other institutes (both academic and industrial), etc.;
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including excellent technical infrastructure, savings schemes and excellent sport facilities).



The Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) constitutes a unique concept in which an integrated approach to Data Science is created by combining the exact sciences of the Eindhoven University of Technology, with the social sciences of Tilburg University. JADS boasts three campuses at Tilburg, Eindhoven and Den Bosch. JADS Campus iDen Bosch revolves around research, education and valorisation on data entrepreneurship. 


  • PhD
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €2325—€2972 per month
  • University graduate
  • 16579



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