PhD on purchasing strategies to enable circularity in the hospital value chain

PhD on purchasing strategies to enable circularity in the hospital value chain

Published Deadline Location
29 May 23 Jun Rotterdam

Job description

ESHPM has a vacancy for a PhD student:
Purchasing strategies to enable circularity and sustainability in the hospital value chain

Do you have an interest in healthcare, circular economy, sustainability and purchasing/supply chain management? Do you like the idea of working with concepts and theories related to circularity and supply (chain) management and combining these with quantitative as well as qualitative research methods to create a sustainable and resilient healthcare system? Then we are looking for you!

Job description
While the goal of healthcare is to maintain or improve the quality of life of individuals and populations, it is at the same time a sector with significant negative impact on the environment. The healthcare sector is a considerable contributor to climate change and biodiversity loss, and therefore harms population health through the same activities with which it tries to improve.

Looking at hospitals in the Netherlands (as in many other countries), their value chain is mostly a linear system in which many single-use disposable products are procured and used, like gloves, syringes, infusion bags, catheters, video laryngoscopes, robot surgery consumables, consoles, sensors, cables and multiple layers of packaging. Medical consumables and their packaging require substantial amounts of energy and use of (virgin) materials during their production and are often disposed of after single-use. As most of the hospital waste is incinerated, the value of the materials is destroyed. Even worse, due to extremely strict protocols focused on efficiency and infection prevention, many consumables are disposed of without being used at all, still in their unopened, original packaging. Given the current climate- and resource crisis, there is an urgent need for a more circular approach concerning material use in the healthcare sector, based on three core principles: (1) design out waste and pollution, (2) keep products and materials in use, and (3) regenerate natural systems.

The implementation of circularity requires changes in various areas, calling for transdisciplinary research. Implementation of circularity in hospitals requires attention to behaviour of healthcare staff on the shopfloor, regulation and policy governing healthcare, product design, and also purchasing and supply (chain) management (PSM). Purchasing and supply management goes well beyond just negotiating and ordering and is meant to encompass all elements of the purchasing process, including demand management, specification, supplier selection (incl. tendering), contract management and supplier relationship management.

This position is part of the NWO-funded research project 'Evidence-based Strategies to create Circular Hospitals: Applying the 10-Rs framework to healthcare' (ESCH-R) in which a consortium of researchers coordinated by Erasmus MC takes up the mission to accelerate the application of circular interventions in hospitals and reduce the ecological footprint of healthcare in the Netherlands. Together with industry partners, such as SABIC, Philips, Medtronic, two Dutch University Medical Centers, namely Erasmus Medical Center (EMC) and University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU), and other consortium partners, the interdisciplinary research team will develop strategies that are circular, safe and scalable.

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), in particular Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) participates in work package 4 (WP4) of the ESCH-R project together with Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). The aim of WP4 is to identify Business Models and accompanying ecosystem designs along with relevant Purchasing and Supply Management (PSM) strategies that create economic and environmental value for stakeholders along the value chain. The PhD project at ESHPM will focus on the development of viable PSM strategies for supply chain partners to enable circularity in the hospital value chain. The execution of this project demands close collaboration with a PhD researcher at TU/e, faculty at TU/e and EUR-ESHPM, purchasers at Erasmus MC and UMC Utrecht, suppliers of medical devices and other consortium partners.

The PhD candidate will be based at the section Health Services Management & Organisation (HSMO) at Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM), a faculty of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). Strategically, ESHPM is investing in three main themes: Planetary Health, Sustainable Workforce, and ‘Global Health. Through these initiatives, ESHPM is at the forefront of shaping healthcare policy and management, innovating for sustainable future in healthcare. More vacancies for PhD positions at ESHPM will appear soon around these three themes, including additional positions in the area of sustainability and circularity in healthcare.

Specifications

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Requirements

We are looking for someone who is not only academically talented but also able to critically assess the sustainability of healthcare. If you are ready to take on this challenge and contribute to a project with far-reaching impact, we encourage you to apply.

You, as a successful applicant, will perform the research project outlined above in an international team. The research will be concluded with a PhD thesis. The project is supervised by Prof. dr. ir. Erik M. van Raaij with further members of the supervisory team to be decided later. The tasks include:
  • further developing and implementing the PhD trajectory;
  • publishing scientific articles and a dissertation on the research;
  • developing tools (e.g., a toolkit, e-learning, podcast) to disseminate the knowledge from the project;
  • initiating and participating in knowledge transfer to external parties;
  • following additional training in research methods and theories;
  • providing education within ESHPM for approximately 15% of the appointment.

Requirements
  • You hold (or are close to finishing) a Master’s degree in Purchasing Management, Supply Chain Management, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Design, Sustainability, Healthcare Management or a related discipline.
  • You have a strong affinity with interdisciplinary research and working with academics as well as key stakeholders in the field, preferably in the healthcare sector.
  • You have affinity and experience with procurement, supply chain management or value chain design.
  • You have strong analytical skills and demonstrated research competences for performing qualitative, quantitative and design science research.
  • You have the ability to work in a multidisciplinary team, and navigating and managing complex, multi-stakeholder settings involving technology experts, industrial partners, and other societal stakeholders.
  • You like to take initiative and you are able to work on a challenging topic that has both basic and applied research aspects.
  • You have excellent social, communication and organization skills to work effectively in a university and industry setting.
  • Your verbal and written communication skills are excellent, your proficiency in English is excellent (C1 level) and knowledge of Dutch language is an advantage.
  • You are a team player who wants to contribute to the research agenda of ESHPM.

Conditions of employment

We offer you an internationally oriented and varied job in an enthusiastic team, with excellent working conditions in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU).

The start date of this position is 1 September 2024, and you will be based at Campus Woudestein in Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM). This position is for 0.8 fte - 1 fte. The salary ranges from a minimum of € 2.770 to a maximum of € 3.539 gross per month Scale PhD on a fulltime basis (38 hours), in accordance with the CAO-NU. The contract is entered into for the duration of 18 months with the aim to extend to 4 year.

Everything else we offer you, you can find below!

Employer

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research, as expressed in our mission ‘Creating positive societal impact’. EUR is home to 3.700 academics and professionals and almost 33.000 students from more than 140 countries. Everything we do, we do under the credo The Erasmian Way – Making Minds Matter. We’re global citizens, connecting, entrepreneurial, open-minded, and socially involved. These Erasmian Values function as our internal compass and create EUR’s distinctive and recognizable profile. From these values, with a broad perspective and with an eye for diversity, different backgrounds and opinions, our employees work closely together to solve societal challenges from the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. Thanks to the high quality and positive societal impact of our research and education, EUR can compete with the top European universities. www.eur.nl.

Faculty / Institute / Central service
The Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) is a leading institute in the Netherlands, specialising in healthcare policy and management across disciplines like economics, law, socio-medical sciences, organisation science, and public administration. Located in the Bayle Building at Erasmus University Rotterdam and closely associated with Erasmus Medical Centre, ESHPM educates about 1,600 students and employs around 200 faculty members, focusing on internationalisation and multidisciplinary research.

Department

The scientific focus of the department broadly covers the domain of Health Services Management & Organisation. The teaching is mostly organized around the MSc program in Healthcare Management, which is the largest program in this domain in Europe, and the BSc program in Health Sciences (Gezondheidswetenschappen, Beleid & Management Gezondheidszorg). Courses taught for instance address Organisational Behavior, Quality & Safety, Innovation, Integrated Care, Operations Management, and Financial Management.

The research of the department is aligned with the teaching, and prioritized around three shared strategic themes which are interrelated and of particular societal and scientific relevance in the domain of Health Services Management & Organisation: 1) The co-creating role of patients and professionals in health services, 2) Health Information Technology driven innovation, and 3) Changing organizational models. Our research has an empirical improvement focus. While experienced in evaluative studies, the department therefore increasingly engages in design and action research.

In recent years, the department has published in leading journals such as BMJ Quality & Safety, Health Care Management Review, Health Policy, JMIR, Social Science & Medicine and PLOS ONE, and won various scientific awards. Current research projects take place in The Netherlands, Europe, and across the globe in countries such as China and Colombia.

The staff of the department includes 4 Full professors, 3 Associate professors and 11 Assistant professors.

Department
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Additional information

As part of the ESCH-R team, you will identify, design and evaluate purchasing and supply management (PSM) strategies for hospitals that provide optimal incentives for suppliers and supply partners to develop and provide circular products, services and solutions. Suppliers, purchasers and internal users need to be aligned around interventions with optimal trade-offs concerning product effectiveness, environmental impact, cost, safety and ease-of-use.

As a PhD candidate in this role, your research will not only contribute to academic knowledge but also have practical implications, influencing policy decisions and healthcare practices. You will be working in an exciting, dynamic academic environment, under the guidance of leading experts in the field. Your research will use a Participatory Design Science approach, a methodology that aims to develop knowledge that professionals can use to design interventions for their field problems. Participatory Design Science combines a range of qualitative methods and techniques for consultation and knowledge generation, among them systematic review, interviews, and focus groups, with methods for cross-fertilization and mutual learning in co-creation sessions.

Specifications

  • PhD
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €2770—€3539 per month
  • University graduate
  • 4365

Employer

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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Application procedure

Please submit your application, consisting of a motivation letter and CV, by 23 June 2024 at the latest.

The selection procedure consists of a number interviews. Interviews are expected to be held between July 1 and 10.

You can find more information about the EUR on our website www.eur.nl.

Should you require further details regarding this role, please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Erik van Raaij at vanraaij@eshpm.eur.nl.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Persons of all gender identities or expressions, sexual orientations, religions, ethnicities, ages, neurodiversities, functional impairments, citizenships, or any other aspect are welcome to apply and join the EUR community.

Application procedure

Application procedure

Please submit your application, consisting of a motivation letter and CV, by 23 June 2024 at the latest.

The selection procedure consists of a number interviews. Interviews are expected to be held between July 1 and 10.

You can find more information about the EUR on our website www.eur.nl.

Should you require further details regarding this role, please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Erik van Raaij at vanraaij@eshpm.eur.nl.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Persons of all gender identities or expressions, sexual orientations, religions, ethnicities, ages, neurodiversities, functional impairments, citizenships, or any other aspect are welcome to apply and join the EUR community.

Make sure to apply no later than 23 Jun 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).