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We are looking for a post-doc who can update an existing etiologic review which examines risk factors for cervical artery dissection (i.e. a rare form of CVA/stroke).
If so, we would like to hear from you, which you can do so by applying for an available position at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).
About the project: Cervical artery dissection (CAD) is an increasingly recognized cause of ischemic stroke among the young and middle-aged individuals. The reason why these dissections occur in otherwise healthy appearing young individuals remains unknown, although numerous risk factors have been postulated. It is easy to understand why certain risk factors may predispose a patient to dissection. For example, connective tissue provides mechanical stability and elasticity to the vessel wall; therefore, structural impairments could lead to weaknesses at points of decreased resistance, resulting in rupture. However, other risk factors are more difficult to explain (e.g. a recent infection, trivial trauma, or common neck movements, which are pervasive in society).
In short, a number of risk factors have been identified as a cause of CAD, and it would appear that CAD is a result of different mechanisms. In order to get a better understanding of the risk factors and potential pathways, we conducted a systematic review which was published in 2005. In this review, we identified 31 studies which examined various risk factors. Since then, many new publications have appeared which could provide new insight and strengthen our understanding, which is why an update of this review is necessary.
Note: This review has been cited close to 300 times (source: Scopus), so the review has had significant scientific impact.
About your role: The postdoc will be responsible for updating the existing review; meaning, searching the literature and identifying new studies, and updating the risk of bias assessment and extract the qualitative and quantitative data. Experience in conduct of systematic reviews is necessary, and preference will be given to those with knowledge in etiological reviews. Additionally, conduct of reviews requires a team player, and the expectation is that the candidate can work well with another team member.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
- A PhD in Medicine, Health Sciences, Medical informatics or related study;
- Able to function well both in a team as well as independently, and possess good communication skills;
- Proven experience in conduct of systematic reviews;
- Knowledge of statistical packages, such as Review Manager or STATA is a plus;
- Affinity with the topic on risk factors for stroke is a pré.
Conditions of employment
Fixed-term contract: 18 months.
A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,960 (scale 10)
and a maximum €4,670 (scale 10), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.6 FTE.
The employment contract will affect a period of 18 months.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
- a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
- 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
- pension is accrued at the ABP. VU contributes a large part of the premium
- contribution to commuting expenses, in addition to excellent accessibility by public transport
- space for personal development
- the possibility to work partly from home
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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