Vacancy: Post-doctoral position Health Technology Assessment of Integrated Care for patients with multi-morbidity (Horizon 2020)

The organisation
The Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is leading in the Netherlands with its educational and research activities targeted at economic, policy and management issues in health care. The ESHPM offers a bachelor programme, two master programmes and post-academic educational programmes and courses. At ESHPM, research and educational activities are closely intertwined. Knowledge and experiences of various scientific disciplines such as economics, law, social-medical sciences, organisational science and public administration are brought together and applied to the health care sector. This multidisciplinary approach to education and research is unique. ESHPM is located in the Bayle Building (J) at campus Woudestein of Erasmus University Rotterdam and has strong ties to Erasmus MC. Currently, approximately 950 students are engaged in one of our programmes and 150 people are employed at ESHPM. Internationalisation is highly valued at ESHPM. The number of students, teachers and researchers from abroad has risen significantly over the past years and have enriched our programmes. A post doc position is offered within the section of Health Technology Assessment (HTA). This section is distinguished by independent and excellent research in HTA, health economics and health outcomes research.

Description of the Horizon 2020 project SELFIE
ESHPM is coordinating the Horizon2020 project SELFIE (Sustainable intEgrated care modeLs for multi-morbidity: delivery, FInancing and performancE). SELFIE aims to develop 5 end-results that are adjustable to different health care systems in Europe:
1. A taxonomy of most promising integrated chronic care (ICC) models for patients with multi-morbidity; this taxonomy includes a “toolkit” of interventions that policy makers can use to build an ICC model that best fits into their own health and social care system
2. A detailed list of options for different financing/payment schemes to support the implementation of ICC for multi-morbidity
3. A technical document on price-setting of ICC models for patients with multi-morbidity.
4. A performance assessment tool to monitor goal achievement; this tool includes new indicators that specifically address the quality of care for patients with multi-morbidity
5. Strategies for implementation and change management

SELFIE focuses on multi-morbidity, on generating empirical evidence of the impact of ICC and on financing/payment schemes for integrated care. It is methodologically innovative by applying Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) to integrated care. The eight countries participating in the project are the Netherlands, Norway, UK, Germany, Austria, Spain, Hungary and Croatia.

Description of the position
The post-doc will conduct part of the research in SELFIE, such as the empirical evaluation of integrated care programmes in the Netherlands, and the translation of research findings into implementation strategies for different European healthcare settings. To this end, he/she will be involved in the primary data collection amongst patients in integrated care programme across the Netherlands and conduct statistical analysis of outcomes and costs data. The post-doc will further be involved in analysing preferences for outcomes used in different MCDAs of integrated care programmes. He/she will also be involved in the communication of results, both to a scientific audience and the lay press, in the form of reports, scientific publications, communication materials for the SELFIE website, and [inter]national presentations. Teaching activities such as supervising students writing their master thesis on related topics is also part of this position.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive candidate with a PhD degree in the field of healthcare policy and management, (health)economics, econometrics, biomedical sciences, biostatistics, or similar, preferably with experience in HTA research, MCDA and/or the evaluation of integrated care programs. The candidate should have demonstrable affinity with quantitative research, and preferably experience with analysis of longitudinal data on quality of care, health outcomes and healthcare expenditures in statistical packages (e.g. Stata, SPSS, SAS, R). In addition, the candidate should possess strong communicative skills in both Dutch (to perform the evaluations in the Netherlands) and English (to collaborate with the 8 countries in the SELFIE project). He/she should have strong organizational skills, both in working on multiple facets of the SELFIE-project simultaneously and to set up data collection in the field; he/she should be able to keep to deadlines. The candidate should take initiative, be able to work independently, and function well in a team. He/she should like to travel within the Netherlands and within Europe and collaborate with researchers with different nationalities.

Appointment and salary
We offer a position as post-doc/researcher at EUR, starting on November 1st, 2017. You will be appointed for a period of 22 months (until September 1st, 2019), starting with a temporary contract for 1 year followed by a second temporary contract to the end of the appointment term if you fulfill expectations. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU). Monthly salary will be according to post-doc scale 11 ranging from € 3.475 up to € 4.757, depending on experience. EUR offers a set end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and there are generous opportunities for additional education.

Applications and more information
For more information about this position, contact prof.dr. Maureen Rutten-van Mölken, tel. +31 10 4088559 / or dr. Milad Karimi, tel 31 10 4089778 / Qualified applicants should send by mail and email a letter of application, curriculum vitae, grade list of master degree, and the names and addresses of two references to, please mention ‘Post-doctoral position SELFIE’. The deadline for application is Monday September 25, 2017.

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