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  • Job Type
    Full-time Position
  • Category
    Healthcare jobs
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  • Experience Required
  • Degree Required
    • Province
    • Date Posted
      December 05,2021
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    Physician-researcher, Rheumatology & Clinical researcher

    About the role

    The physician-researcher will be responsible for a large international project "NORD-PREDICT" in which it is examined whether blood tests and/or genetics can be used to determine which treatment is most suitable for which individual patient. The blood and DNA tests for this have already been taken, but the analyses still have to be done. Many different partners are involved in this. The physician-researcher will partly have to work as a project coordinator and ensure that this process runs smoothly, and partly will also perform analyses of the results obtained. Ultimately, the results are shared with colleagues through conferences and publications.


    We are looking for an enthusiastic graduated doctor for a challenging PhD trajectory in the rheumatology department of Amsterdam UMC, location AMC and VUMC. • You have a completed university Master's degree in Medicine; • Demonstrable experience in clinical scientific research is recommended; • You become enthusiastic about the field of Rheumatology; • We are looking for someone who can function well both independently and in a team; • You are assertive, socially skilled, analytical, flexible and have good organizational skills; • You have good written and oral expression skills in English and Dutch.

    Our offer

    • A jump start to your career in research work.
    • Working on large-scale and personal research, with motivated colleagues from all over the world.
    • A contract for 12 months with a view to extension for the duration of the PhD trajectory
    • Additional benefits include an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8.0% holiday pay.
    • The base salary does not include holiday pay (8%) and a year-end bonus (8.3%).
    • Pension is accrued at Be Frank.
    • In addition to excellent accessibility by public transport, AMC also has a sufficient number of parking spaces for employees.

    About the project

    The NORD-PREDICT project stems from the NORD-STAR study, an international clinical trial in which individuals diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis were treated with one of four existing anti-rheumatic drugs. The choice of drug was determined by chance, and the results show that all four treatments worked very well in about half of the patients - but also less well in the others. The question now is which treatment to choose for each individual, and in this follow-up study we will investigate whether certain serological markers in the blood, or a genetic factor, can predict this. There are already indications for this. The serological markers will be analyzed at the Sanquin laboratory in Amsterdam, the genetics at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. In addition, the serum and DNA tests are currently still stored at various international centers. The physician-researcher will have to ensure the connection between the centers where the tests are located and those where the analyses will be performed. Then the results will be analysed.

    About the workplace

    The department of rheumatology and clinical immunology of Amsterdam UMC focuses on treating and researching autoimmune diseases of the musculoskeletal system, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The department consists of approximately 100 employees, two thirds of whom work mainly at the AMC location and one third at the VUMC location. More and more employees are working at both locations. Researchers can use workplaces at the locations, but much clinical research can also be done from the home. However, to ensure a sense of community, regular meetings are organized between the smaller and larger research groups, which is very important especially in the initial phase.

    Let's meet

    Do you have any questions? For more information, please contact Prof. dr. Ronald van Vollenhoven via

    For more information about the application process please contact Tanja Hart, Recruitment adviser, via or via 06-21603178.

    A reference check, screening and hiring test may be part of the procedure. Read hier whether this also applies to you. If you join us, we ask for a VOG (Certificate of Good Conduct).

    Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

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