At the Department of Public Health, we are dedicated to improve population health at local, national, and international level through excellent research and education. Our research is characterised as highly multidisciplinary and is focused on the development and use of innovative methods. Collaboration with and direct impact on practice and policy are at the heart of our work. Within the Department, the research unit Infectious Disease Control is an internationally leading group in mathematical modelling of transmission and control of parasite, bacterial, and viral infections, with long-standing expertise in individual-based modelling.
The position will also be affiliated with the Department for Public Administration and Sociology at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. The department specializes in research that leverages complex, large scale, linked data to answer pressing societal problems and hosts the Dutch National Infrastructure for Social Science, ODISSEI
. The department has expertise in the linkage of secure administrative data with diverse and innovative forms of data from online experiments and panels, which are then used to understand and develop interventions for complex social processes. The department supports graduate students in utilizing this data and infrastructure through targeted, hands-on, graduate training programs.
Erasmus MC, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam have joined forces in the Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness Center (PDPC). PDPC aims to prepare society for future pandemics and disasters. We will reduce vulnerabilities and risks and build resilience through effective disaster prevention, preparedness and recovery measures. Convergence of the technical, medical and social sciences is essential for developing the next generation of approaches to disasters and pandemics. In the foreseeable future, our society can expect many more and unforeseen virus outbreaks and extreme events because of climate change. But how do we protect society from the next pandemic or disaster? From which of the lessons learnt can we develop prevention and intervention measures, and how can research contribute to preparedness?