Vacancy PhD in Health Services and Economics - ESHPM

Vacancy PhD in Health Services and Economics - ESHPM

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30 Jul 28 Aug Rotterdam

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The Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) invites applications for a fully-funded, four-year PhD position in its Health Services Management & Organisation research group, in cooperation with the Health Economics research group. The PhD candidate will conduct research on Value Based Health Care and Motivation of Health Care Professionals and their Teams in the Netherlands. Supervision is by Prof. Kees Ahaus, Dr. Igna Bonfrer and Dr. Martina Buljac. The Erasmus Medical Center will be an important collaboration partner. Fluency in the Dutch language is a prerequisite for this position.

Job description


Value Based Health Care (VBHC) initiatives aim to improve clinical outcomes, patient oriented outcomes and the patient-physician relationship in the consultation room. While the importance of the orientation towards patients is evident, less focus has so far been placed on the pivotal role that health care professionals play in providing care that is of high quality and value based. The aim of this PhD project is to develop an in-depth understanding of the influence of VBHC initiatives on health care professionals at the individual and team level. Important aspects include intrinsic and extrinsic motivation of professionals, their well-being and the relationship among health care professionals working in teams at different levels. After having conducted a systematic literature review on VBHC and motivation & well-being, you will collect both quantitative and qualitative data in several Dutch hospitals, including the Erasmus MC, for empirical analysis. 



To effectively address the pressing societal challenges regarding health and health care, broad interdisciplinary collaborations are needed. Intensifying collaborations between disciplines and institutions can help to bring the required innovative solutions to preserve and improve the health and wellbeing of current and future generations. This aim lies at the heart of the convergence between the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Erasmus MC and the Delft University of Technology.  As a leading, multi-disciplinary institute, aiming to have a positive impact on the future of health and healthcare, nationally and internationally, through research and education, the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) will fund 6 PhD positions in relation to this convergence. This vacancy concerns one of these 6 PhD positions.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)



The candidate is expected to have a master’s degree in Health Care Management, Health Economics, Health Economics Policy & Law, Health Care Policy, Health Sciences, Health Administration or related disciplines such as Public Administration, Business Administration, Organization Studies, Human Resource Studies, in case the candidate can show affinity with health care. We are looking for a candidate with strong quantitative and qualitative research skills, who is fluent in Dutch,  has a good command of English and excellent writing skills. Fluency in the Dutch language is a prerequisite for this position because of the interactions with health care professionals at all levels within Dutch health care facilities.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: We offer an appointment as PhD student for a period of 1.5 year, which will be extended with a second term of 2.5 years if the candidate performs well.

We offer an appointment as PhD student for a period of 1.5 year, which will be extended with a second term of 2.5 years if the candidate performs well. Remuneration is according to the PhD scales set by the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). The preferred starting date is October 1, 2020 but can be discussed further. In addition to conducting research, there will be teaching duties (~15% of your time) and you will be expected to take relevant courses at the Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities.



Erasmus University Rotterdam

The Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), named after Rotterdam-born humanist and theologian Erasmus, is a research university with a strong international orientation and a pronounced social focus, both in its education and research activities. On the lively, modern campus, more than 28.000 students and scholars of more than 100 nationalities are constantly encouraged to develop their talents and meet their ambition. Our more than 2700 scientists and employees work together with all our students to solve challenges faced by global society, drawing their inspiration from the consistently dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. The academic education offered at our faculties is intensive, engaging and strongly focused on practical application. We increasingly perform our research in multidisciplinary teams, which are closely interwoven with international networks. In terms of research impact and the quality of its degree programmes, EUR can compete with the foremost universities in Europe, which is reflected in its consistent top-100 position in most major universities rankings. Erasmus University Rotterdam’s key values are daring, curiosity, social involvement, breaking new ground and striving for success.


Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management

Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) is part of Erasmus University Rotterdam and is responsible for a bachelor and four master programs on policy and management in healthcare, which serve 1000 students. Research is being done on three major research themes: ‘competition and regulation in healthcare’, ‘quality and efficiency in healthcare’ and ‘healthcare management’. ESHPM has about 175 employees. The position offered is within the Health Services Management & Organisation (HSMO) section but will have strong ties with the Health Economics (HE) section. The teaching and research of HSMO in the domain of health services management and organisation are closely intertwined and cover a broad range of management and organisational areas such as organisational innovation, eHealth, ICT, integrated care, operations management, organisational behaviour, and financial management. The research is focused on improving the organisation and management of health services, based on empirical studies with descriptive and evaluative designs, and qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods methodologies. The research and teaching in the HE section relate to national and international themes using insights from behavioural economics, policy evaluations, priority setting and global health. Health economics research at Erasmus has been ranked 2nd in Europe and 11th in the world. ESHPM, together with the Erasmus School of Economics, employs one of the largest collections of health economists in Europe.


  • PhD
  • Health; Economics
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2395—€3061 per month
  • University graduate
  • ESHPM20200730


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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