Funded PhD opportunity in Health Economics

Funded PhD opportunity in Health Economics

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3 May 19 May Maastricht

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The Department of Health Services Research (HSR), Maastricht University, is looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated student for a 4-year funded PhD position in the field of health economics.

Job description

The Department of Health Services Research (HSR), Maastricht University, is looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated student for a 4-year funded PhD position in the field of health economics. You will be part of the project “Double Dose of energy and efforts of the national DOSIS consortium to design and test new diagnostic and treatment strategies for inherited cardiomyopathies (DOUBLE DOSE)” which has been funded by the Dutch Heart Foundation (Hartstichting). This project is part of a unique consortium between more than 10 Dutch partners (e.g. the Dutch Hearth Foundation, other Dutch universities) with relevant complementary expertise, aiming to understand the (economic) consequences of inherited cardiomyopathies and to design and assess new diagnostic and treatment strategies. For more information, see

As part of the ‘health economics’ team, you will have the following main tasks: 1) Estimating the societal costs and quality of life impact of inherited cardiomyopathies on the patients, their family members and their surrounding, 2) Assessing the potential cost-effectiveness of screening strategies, diagnostic strategies and treatment strategies for the (subgroup of) patients with inherited cardiomyopathies at an early stage, based on early health technology assessment, 3) Disseminating and publishing the economic findings.

The successful candidate will be working within the department of HSR of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences of Maastricht University under the supervision of Prof Silvia Evers (Professor of Public Health Technology Assessment) and Dr Mickael Hiligsmann (Associate Professor in Health Economics & Health Technology Assessment), and in close relationship with the DOUBLE DOSE consortium. This is an opportunity to work with health economist researchers in one of the most successful health economics research groups in the Netherlands. Opportunities for networking, acquiring and developing knowledge and skills, and room for self-initiatives within and outside the Double Dose project will be available.


Maastricht University (UM)


  • You have (or will have) a master’s degree in health sciences, health economics, public health or a related discipline with a substantial component of research training or relevant research experience. (Students who will graduate in June/July/August 2021 are welcome to apply).
  • You are enthusiastic and like to work in an (inter)national context.
  • You have a demonstrated interest and understanding of health technology assessment, health economics and economic evaluation.
  • You are versatile (a generalist) and able to contribute to multidisciplinary research.
  • You have excellent writing and speaking skills, and preferably have earlier published publications. (Dutch knowledge (or willingness to learn) is an advantage).
  • You are able to work independently, to take initiatives and capable of managing deadlines.
  • You have good communication skills to motivate a team to work towards the common success of a  project.
  • You are available for this project starting from August 1st or September 1st 2021.
  • You are able to attend the job interviews which will be held on Friday 4th of June and Wednesday 16th of June

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 years.

Temporary employment for 4 years (01-08-2021 till 01-08-2025). The first year will be a probation period, after a positive assessment the position will be extended for another 3 years, which happens in the vast majority of cases.

Your salary would be € 2.395,- gross per month in the first year up to € 3.061,- gross per month in the fourth year according to the PhD-candidate salary scale. An 8% holiday and an 8.3% year-end allowance is also provided. Each year an evaluation will take place.

A selection assessment is part of the application process.

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website > Support > UM employees.


Maastricht University

Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 20,000 students and 4,700 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.
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Health Services Research

The mission of the Department of Health Services Research is to improve quality of life, quality and efficiency of chronic care and care of older people. We do this by studying and teaching innovations in a multidisciplinary way addressing the broad spectrum from prevention to palliative care:

The department is part of the School Caphri (Care and Public Health Research Institute) of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences


  • PhD
  • Health; Economics
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2395—€3061 per month
  • University graduate
  • AT2021.146


Maastricht University (UM)

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