PhD in Pharmacoepidemiologic Methods (1.0 FTE)

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PhD in Pharmacoepidemiologic Methods (1.0 FTE)

Job description

The Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Clinical Pharmacology is looking for a PhD candidate in pharmacoepidemiologic methods for a full-time, 4-year research position. The position involves 90% research time and 10% teaching activities within the division.


As a core task, the PhD candidate will address the challenges of using multiple databases for pharmacoepidemiologic research. In pharmacoepidemiology, the safety and effectiveness of drugs is assessed using large databases of routinely collected information on drug prescription or use and patient health information. Increasingly often, studies require patient and pharmacy information from multiple databases, to increase the sample size or assess drugs across several populations. The candidate will evaluate approaches, such as “common data models” (CDMs), for conducting pharmacoepidemiologic research across multiple databases using an upcoming multinational study as an example.

We are looking for someone who:

  • holds an MSc degree in Epidemiology, (Medical-/Bio-) Statistics, Pharmacy or other relevant biomedical field;
  • has a strong interest in research methodology and data science;
  • has an interest in pharmaceutical or drug regulatory science;
  • has practical experience with statistical software (R or SAS preferred);
  • has scientific creativity and productivity and can think conceptually;
  • is able to work within multidisciplinary teams;
  • is fluent in English.

Offer We offer a full-time position for a period of 4 years. The salary ranges between €2,325 and €2,972 (P scale 0-4 Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year. In addition we offer: a pension scheme, a partially paid parental leave, flexible employment conditions. The research group will provide the candidate with necessary support on all aspects of the project. More information is available on the website .
About the organization

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University , the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.


The Faculty of Science  consists of six Departments: Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Information and Computing Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Mathematics. The Faculty is home to 6,500 students and nearly 2,000 staff and is internationally renowned for the quality of its research. The Faculty's academic programmes reflect developments in today's society.


The Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences  (UIPS) is the research institute of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Utrecht University. UIPS focuses on processes around discovery, development, and use of drugs and medical nutrition using molecular and technological principles from the Natural and Life Sciences. This research is ideally positioned in the Faculty of Science to work on basic scientific problems and to translate new findings into potential solutions to urgent societal medical needs, which are addressed in the Faculties of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. Every year around 400 peer-reviewed articles are published and around 30 PhD candidates defend their thesis. UIPS is partner in several open source innovation networks.

As a PhD of pharmacoepidemiology you will be employed in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Clinical Pharmacology, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Faculty of Science, Utrecht University.
The Division of Pharmacoepidemiology & Clinical Pharmacology consists of a multidisciplinary team of young and internationally oriented researchers. The research programme is directed at several epidemiological, therapeutic, and policy aspects of chronic drug use with a focus on advanced affordable biomolecular and cellular therapies.

The Centre for Research Methods is embedded in the Division. Its mission is to develop, improve and evaluate innovative pharmacoepidemiologic methods. The focus of the centre is on methods to control for confounding in causal drug research, health technology assessment, precision medicine and increasing the validity and richness of data on drug exposure, disease outcomes, confounding (e.g. comorbidity, risk factors) and modifying (e.g. biomarkers) factors.


The focus of the current position will be on improving methods for pharmacoepidemiologic research across multiple databases.
Additional information

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from: Prof. O.H. Klungel, (


To apply please attach a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae and (email) addresses of two referees.
Application deadline is 7 March 2019.

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The application deadline is 07/03/2019
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