PhD candidate 'Gender dimensions in Rheumatic Diseases'

PhD candidate 'Gender dimensions in Rheumatic Diseases'

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23 Jan 13 Feb Nijmegen

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Job description

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic PhD candidate to join our team. In this role, you will be responsible for conducting research on the impact of several gender dimensions on health outcomes in rheumatic diseases, particularly systemic sclerosis and axial spondyloarthritis. The project is partly embedded in existing studies on sex differences, offering a rich data environment and access to established research networks. Are you our new PhD candidate?

Tasks and responsibilities
  • Conduct comprehensive qualitative, quantitative and design-based research on gender dimensions in rheumatic diseases.
  • Analyze and interpret data, and prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians.
  • Present research findings at (inter)national scientific meetings.
  • Contribute to the broader research goals of the department and the Radboudumc.


Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc)


Our new PhD candidate has a keen interest in research focusing on gender studies in medicine, particularly the social mechanisms related to gender and their impact on people's health. Additionally, you have an affinity for working on co-creative projects that involve patient populations and are capable of motivating individuals to participate in our research project. It is essential for you to be a strong human-centered team player with excellent communication skills. You are organized and motivated to work with multi-method research approaches. Please note that professional proficiency in Dutch is required for this position, as it involves significant engagement with Dutch-language resources and research activities, such as interviews, that take place in a Dutch-speaking environment.

Furthermore, you recognize yourself in the profile below:
  • A Master's degree in Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Medical Biology, Health Sciences, Public Health, Health & Behavioural Science or Medical Anthropology.
  • Basic scientific skills that lay the foundation for a doctoral research project.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in the English and Dutch language, aimed at producing scientific publications and presentations.
  • Excellent organizational skills to facilitate a doctoral research project.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 3,5 years.

At Radboud university medical center, you build on your future. We are committed to providing the best care, education, and research. And we are true to our word, because we help you develop and seize opportunities and give you the room to grow. As an employer, we believe that employees should feel vital and happy at work in all stages of life. We are also committed to creating a healthy and safe working environment. Our employment conditions contribute to that. What we offer:
  • The salary depends on education. Scale 10 will be offered to MSc medical graduates; those holding degrees in other disciplines will be offered scale 10A. A gross salary between € 2.901 and € 3.677 (scale 10A) or between € 3.359 and € 5.292 (scale 10) based on full-time employment. You will also receive an 8% holiday allowance, an 8.3% end-of-year bonus, and a 47% to 72% bonus for working unsocial hours.
  • Plenty of opportunities for personal development. You can take a variety of courses in our online learning environment. You can also share knowledge with colleagues through digital learning spaces – perfect for getting inspired and inspiring others.
  • Your well-being and vitality are a priority. For example, we have our own sports facilities and a Healthy Professionals program to help you manage your energy. And if you are going through a life-changing event, our Company Support Team and a personal coach are there to help you.
  • Support in achieving a good work-life balance at every stage of your life. This includes advice and training courses (from ‘Millennial Dilemmas’ to ‘Your Career After 57’), activities at our own mindfulness center, and informal caregiving consultations if you have questions about juggling work and caregiving responsibilities at home.
  • 168 holiday hours per year (23 days) based on a 36-hour working week.
  • 26 weeks of parental leave, nine of which are paid.
  • A good collective pension scheme with a 70% reimbursement of your pension premium.
  • Discounts on health insurance and ten other types of insurance, from home insurance to legal assistance.
  • An allowance for your travel expenses or a working-from-home allowance of €2 per day.



The department of Primary and Community Care at the Radboudumc is committed to providing collaborative care and prevention, preferably in the patient's own environment. Our motto is "empowerment where possible, care where necessary."

Our extensive range of research, education, and training delivers valuable knowledge and produces passionate, well-rounded professionals. Specific expertise in areas such as person-centered care and communication, cross-sectoral and interprofessional collaboration, prevention, diversity, vulnerable groups, and participation contributes significantly to this. Through our collaboration with primary, secondary, and tertiary care levels, we actively work towards breaking down barriers in healthcare. Our position within Radboudumc, coupled with close cooperation in various broadly oriented networks, establishes our department as the central and connecting factor in transmural care and healthcare organization. This is true not just regionally, but also nationally and internationally. Within our networks, we develop and share innovative methods and advancements in education and training.

Our team in Gender Research in Primary and Transmural Care specializes in prevention research and the development of innovative methods to study sex and gender in divers medical fields. The methods and interventions we develop aim to contribute to improving health, quality of life and well-being for people.

Our guiding principles include:

Conduct scientific research with a sex, gender and intersectional sensitive approach.
Providing innovative teaching in medicine and health sciences.
Develop methodological expertise in sex and gender sensitive analysis in health sciences.

Welcome to Radboud university medical center (Radboudumc), where scientific breakthroughs are born through the curiosity and passion of our collaborating researchers in a vibrant environment. We believe trust and excitement are crucial elements to achieving our goals, and we approach our research as teams and with the utmost rigor to make a significant impact on health and healthcare. Our researchers are driven by their fascination with the biological, psychological, and sociological mechanisms underlying health and healthcare. They collaborate with partners from all over the world to improve health outcomes for all. Radboudumc unites patient care, research, education, and corporate learning, which allows us to approach our mission to shape the health and healthcare of the future in an innovative and person-centered way.

Our ambition is to lead the way in the pursuit of prevention, sustainability, meaningful care. We believe that through our research, we can significantly improve the health and well-being of society. Join us on our mission to make a difference in healthcare. Become a part of our community of gifted researchers, professionals or patient partners who are dedicated to making a real impact on population health and healthcare.

Read what it is like to do a PhD at the Radboud University Medical Center.


  • PhD; Research, development, innovation; Education
  • Health
  • max. 28 hours per week
  • €2901—€5292 per month
  • University graduate
  • 190012-P1416393-1


Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc)

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