Artificial Intelligence-driven support system for arthritis self-management

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 09 Jun 2024

24 May 2024
Job Information

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
Research Field

Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

9 Jun 2024 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

During your PhD project, you will conduct groundbreaking research and collaborate with experts to develop an AI-based app for individuals affected by osteoarthritis.
Individuals with osteoarthritis experience pain and stiffness when moving, which hinders their daily activities. Although various non-surgical treatment options exist, they are often underutilized in practice. The AI & Behaviour research group of the VU Amsterdam is involved in the SMART project, in which we aim to develop and evaluate a personalized self-management app that supports patients with osteoarthritis using expert knowledge and Artificial Intelligence models.
Location: AMSTERDAM (and a few days per month in UTRECHT)
We are seeking a PhD candidate to develop these AI models. The candidate's responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with a diverse team of experts to create AI models aimed at offering individuals with arthritis just-in-time advice and suggestions.
  • Combining expert knowledge-based models with data-driven techniques.
  • Leveraging AI to translate data into insights for testing predictors of arthritis-related complaints.
  • Developing guidelines for the creation of AI models for health apps.

Your duties

  • Improving an expert-based knowledge model for predicting the worsening of pain, physical complaints, and social participation.
  • Creating a refined model for providing personalized guidance, based on the application of learning algorithms on continuously collected self-administered data.
  • Developing methods for combining expert-knowledge-based models with data-driven knowledge.
  • Establishing guidelines for assessing the added value of measurements for model effectiveness.
  • Producing at least four scientific articles on these topics.

Specific Requirements

You must:

  • have completed a Master in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science including AI courses, or a related Master programme;
  • have experience with both machine learning and symbolic AI;
  • be enthusiastic about collaboration with people from other scientific disciplines and have the communicative and social skills to do so;
  • have affinity with the health care domain;
  • be proactive and able to work independently;
  • have strong oral and written communication skills in English;
  • possess good organizational skills.

The ability to speak Dutch is a pre.
As a university, we strive for equal opportunities for all, recognising that diversity takes many forms. We believe that diversity in all its complexity is invaluable for the quality of our teaching, research and service. We are always looking for talent with diverse backgrounds and experiences. This also means that we are committed to creating an inclusive community so that we can use diversity as an asset.
We realise that each individual brings a unique set of skills, expertise and mindset. Therefore we are happy to invite anyone who recognises themselves in the profile to apply, even if you do not meet all the requirements.

Additional Information

A challenging position in a socially engaged organisation. At VU Amsterdam, you contribute to education, research and service for a better world. And that is valuable. So in return for your efforts, we offer you:

  • a salary of € 2.770,00 (PhD) and maximum € 3.539,00 (PhD) gross per month in the fourth year, for a full-time employment
  • the appointment will initially be for 18 months. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a total duration of 4 to 5 years (depending on the FTE).

We also offer you attractive fringe benefits and arrangements. Some examples:

  • A full-time 38-hour working week comes with a holiday leave entitlement of 232 hours per year. If you choose to work 40 hours, you have 96 extra holiday leave hours on an annual basis. For part-timers, this is calculated pro rata.
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

Additional comments

Are you interested this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your

  • curriculum vitae
  • a cover letter with your motivation
  • a list of your MSc grades

The application deadline is June 9, 2024. The intended start date for this position is September 2024.
Applications received by e-mail will not be considered.
Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.

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Work Location(s)
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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Postal Code
De Boelelaan 1111

Where to apply



De Boelelaan 1105
Postal Code

1081 HV


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