-Internal- Postdoctoral: Effective AI-Based Shared Decision-Making in Healthcare

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We are looking for a postdoc researcher in effective AI-based shared decision-making in healthcare.

Are you interested in doing ground-breaking research into the relationship between technology and society? The national Gravitation research program Public Values in the Algorithmic Society (AlgoSoc ) is opening an exciting postdoc position in our Health sector! The Gravitation program is an initiative by the Dutch government to support excellent research in the Netherlands. The funding is reserved for scientific consortia that have the potential to rank among the world's best in their field. The key challenge will be to optimize the benefits of automated decision systems (ADS) based on AI while minimizing the risks to public values.

The main aim of this subproject is to examine how we can optimize the desired effects of ADS applications and protocols in preventive health or healthcare while minimizing the potential threat to public values such as autonomy, privacy, security, integrity, solidarity, fairness, inclusiveness, transparency and equity. Responsible and effective lifestyle apps and clinical decision support systems can provide personalized feedback to citizens, patients, and healthcare practitioners, and aggregated information to public health campaigners and policymakers; used as surveillance tools by insurance companies, lifestyle-monitoring smartphone apps can compromise values. In advancing specific ADS-based eHealth applications, institutional protocols, and national and international policies, we will focus on treatment, by using automated prediction facilitating patient-provider interaction, in particular shared decision making. The project takes a transdisciplinary approach, actively involving stakeholders (e.g., end-users such as patients and healthcare providers) as co-researchers and designers.

The postdoc will be situated in the department ofCommunication Science , program group Persuasive Communication, of the University of Amsterdam. With more than 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students, Communication Science is among the largest departments at the University of Amsterdam with an outstanding international reputation.

What are you going to do

The leading research question of this subproject is; “How can we design effective ADS-based shared decision-making for prevention strategists, policy makers, patients, and healthcare providers while safeguarding the potential threat to public values and what is their effectiveness?” Potential methods to be used are co-design (citizen & stakeholder co-creation), (field) experiments, think-aloud studies, mobile tracking, data donation in SDM and/or (automated) text/conversation analysis.

By joining AlgoSoc you will

  • develop and execute a research proposal based on the above description of the subproject;
  • take part in a state-of-the-art prestigious programme, innovative in focus and approach, which aspires to have impact in academia as well as society;
  • have the opportunity to actively engage and help shape a scientific program with a 10-year lifetime, and make use of the many opportunities for a wide variety of engagement and societal impact activities;
  • have the support and space to develop your own research within the framework of the program;
  • participate in a consortium of internationally renowned scholars, and join a nationwide peer network, with many opportunities to engage and develop your career;
  • benefit from a well-funded future-oriented training and development programme, including personal-professional development.

What do you have to offer

The candidate for this position has preferably a PhD degree in communication science. The candidate has a strong affinity with the above topics, digital science methods and in working together with a team of people from different disciplines including an interest to learn and work with researchers from, for instance, communication science, information law, computational social sciences, medical informatics and/or medicine.

Your experience and profile

  • Proven academic interest in questions regarding designing and evaluating effective ADS-based shared decision making;
  • Interest in working in a very interdisciplinary, cross-university environment;
  • Interest in contributing to and helping to create the broader AlgoSoc research community;
  • An excellent written and spoken command of Dutch and English;
  • Affinity with organising workshops, lecture series, and similar events.

What can we offer you

The position concerns (temporary) employment of 38 hours a week for a term of 3 years, preferably starting 1 June 2024. Depending on your interest, teaching experience, and the needs of the educational institutes of the department in which the candidate will be placed, it may be possible to discuss opportunities for adding teaching activities in the appointment depending on approval from the teaching institutes.

Depending on your experience, the minimum salary is €4.332 and the maximum salary is €5.929 gross per month based on a 38-hour working week, salary scale 11, as per the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities .

We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.

The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.

What else do we offer

  • a position in which initiative and input are highly valued
  • an enthusiastic and warm team that is open to new colleagues
  • an inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.

About us

The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organization. Thesocial and behavioral sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.

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Job Application

- This vacancy is only for internal candidates -

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application/motivation letter and resume in one .pdf by 25 February 2024.

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a letter of motivation.

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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