Postdoctoral researcher Methodology & Behavioral Interventions

Postdoctoral researcher Methodology & Behavioral Interventions

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25 May 4 Jun Nijmegen

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Job description

Are you a behavioural researcher with interest and skills in improving research methodology, then this could be an interesting and challenging position for you. We are looking for a postdoc who will support us in the following research: Research Methodology Project using Meta-analyses of Behavioural Intervention Trials. Are you up for the challenge?

As part of an ongoing methodological research project on meta-analysis of health behaviour change interventions (for some of the outputs on the IC-SMOKE project, see below), we are looking for a skilled quantitative researcher with experience in conducting meta(regression) or multi-level analyses in R; and experience with authoring high-quality manuscripts. As part of this research project, we have already compiled a large database of over 170 smoking cessation trials. For two substantive meta-analysis papers based on these data (for which much of the R-script is already available), we are seeking a post-doctoral researcher to lead those papers. Statistical support or supervision is available if required. Additionally, we expect you to contribute to writing follow-up grants to continue and expand this research line.

The two meta-analyses scheduled are (more options are available, time permitting):
  1. Comparing the effects of risk of bias ratings on effect sizes in trials with subjective versus objective behavioural outcome measurements.
  2. Assessing the impact of poor reporting of smoking cessation interventions and control groups on conclusions of meta-regression analyses regarding effective ingredients.

Tasks and responsibilities
  • Prepare dataset for analysis.
  • Draft the analysis plans and pre-publish on the project website.
  • Conduct the meta-regression analyses or collaborate on this with the statistician.
  • Draft and submit the 2 scientific manuscripts.
  • Engage the expert team of collaborators in key stages of the process.
  • Support in writing and submitting research proposals, or take the lead on this.

To familiarise yourself with the project:


Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc)


We are looking for an efficient and well-organized postdoc with an interest in improving research methodology. First of all, you have a proven track record of authoring high-quality papers. You also have a proven track record of conducting multi-level/meta-analyses in R. Furthermore, you have knowledge of behavior change and/or smoking cessation interventions. In addition, you have demonstrated affinity with methodological research. Lastly, you have experience in working in an international team of researchers.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 18 months.

Working at Radboud university medical center means that you are ahead of the curve and working together on the healthcare of the future. And there is more. Our secondary terms of employment are impressive. These are fully tailored to you thanks to our Employment Conditions Selection Model. At Radboud university medical center, you will be given trust, and you will take the responsibility to handle everything together.
  • A gross monthly salary between € 3.230 and € 5.088 (scale 10) based on full-time employment.
  • From 1 November 2023 the wages will increase by 4%.
  • An annual vacation allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
  • If you work irregular hours, you will receive an allowance.
  • As a full-time employee (36 hours per week), you are entitled to approximately 168 vacation hours (over 23 days) per year.
  • Radboud university medical center pays 70% of the pension premium. You pay the rest of the premium with your gross salary.
  • You get a discount on health insurance as well: you can take advantage of two group health insurance plans. UMC Zorgverzekering and CZ collectief.
  • We provide annual courses, both professional and personal.

In addition to our terms of employment, we also offer employees various other attractive facilities, such as childcare and sports facilities. Want to learn more? Take a look at the CAO UMC.



The department of IQ healthcare believes that quality and safety in healthcare can be improved by better revealing the value of healthcare for all those concerned, by leaving out care without benefit (de-implementation) and by a professional implementation and evaluation of care innovations and evidence-based interventions.

IQ healthcare's scientific approach is fundamentally focused on value-driven healthcare for patients, care professionals, insurers and government, leading to a reduction in unnecessary costs and an improvement of the tenability of healthcare on a systematic level.

Value-driven healthcare is practised from several scientific perspectives (medical, economic, sociological, ethical etc.) and demands a multidisciplinary approach. Through this:
  1. Differences in (unnecessary) costs and quality of care will need to be better revealed.
  2. Results of healthcare or outcomes of care will need to be systematically measured and analysed.
  3. Good practices and care innovations will need to be professionally implemented.


  • Postdoc
  • Health
  • 32—36 hours per week
  • €3230—€5088 per month
  • University graduate
  • 185963-P1235815-1


Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc)

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