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Socioeconomic inequalities in health are an important and complex public health problem. Given the dynamic web of factors involved in the emergence and persistence of these inequalities, a complex systems approach can offer significant potential for better understanding of and finding ways to reduce socioeconomic inequalities in health. Therefore, in this VIDI project, we apply a complex systems perspective for better understanding how socioeconomic inequalities in health in the Netherlands emerge as a result of interrelated elements at different levels, including feedback loops and nonlinearity. Two PhD candidates have been working on the project for 3 years, and we are currently looking for a postdoc or junior researcher to complement the team in the final stages of the project.
The VIDI project consists of several sub studies. More specifically, a first version of a conceptual systems model has been developed based on a systematic literature review. Further, a proof-of-concept Agent-Based Model has been developed focused on socioeconomic inequalities in obesity. The postdoc or junior researcher is expected to further develop these preliminary models -in collaboration with stakeholders- into models that can inform policy making.
Postdoc’s/junior researcher’s activities within the project:
We are looking for a researcher who can carry out both, or one of these activities:
If you deem yourself qualified to carry out one of these two activities, but not both, please do not hesitate to apply, as there is some freedom within the project to accommodate the activities to your skills.
We are looking for a postdoc or junior researcher with:
We offer a temporary position (0.8-1.0 FTE) for 12-16 months in an international working environment. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between
€ 3,098,- and € 4,670,- (scale 9/10 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year.
In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). For more information, please visit working at Utrecht University.
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