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    • Date Posted
      September 04,2021
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    PhD Student Population-based Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance

    The role

    Your research project will be part of the VEO consortium (Versatile Emerging infectious disease Observatory), a large European consortium intending to explore how we can leverage various novel data types to support surveillance efforts throughout the world. You will combine data science, microbiology, and health systems analysis, to help prioritize population-based AMR surveillance activities.

    You are

    We are looking for a highly motivated and pro-active candidate with the following qualities:

    • a Master’s degree in data science or another scientific field requiring a quantitative background;
    • experience in (micro-)biology or health systems analysis is desired;
    • experience with epidemiology or geographical information systems analysis is a plus;
    • a desire to work with and analyze large data sets (including data curation, aggregation, acquisition);
    • excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
    • an interest in, and an open collaborative attitude to, working in a multidisciplinary research group.

    We offer

    • We offer a contract for 48 months.
    • The base salary does not include holiday pay (8%) and a year-end bonus (8.3%).
    • In addition to excellent accessibility by public transport, AMC also has a sufficient number of parking spaces for employees.
    • Pension is accrued at Be Frank.

    About the project

    The Departments of Medical Microbiology and Global Health of the Amsterdam UMC (location AMC) have a vacancy for a talented and enthusiastic PhD student to partake in research that combines data science, microbiology and health systems analysis to better support and prioritise population-based surveillance efforts of antimicrobial resistance.

    Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is increasing morbidity, mortality, and health-care expenditures worldwide, and its surveillance is crucial to inform local treatment of patients. However, healthcare systems in low- and middle-income countries are often incapable of facilitating current laboratory-based AMR surveillance practice, resulting in very limited and very biased estimates of AMR prevalence rates in these countries. In contrast, population-based surveillance specifically aims to quantify AMR trends in defined populations over time, and as such is less costly and requires less infrastructure, than laboratory-based surveillance. A logical question arising from this, is how can population-based AMR surveillance activities be prioritized and facilitated?

    Your workspace

    This PhD project is embedded in the research group of Prof C. Schultsz, within the Departments of Global Health and Medical Microbiology of the Amsterdam UMC, location AMC.

    The Amsterdam UMC, location AMC, houses the university hospital and the medical faculty of the University of Amsterdam, as well as several research institutes. Infectious Diseases represents one of the major areas of clinical, applied and basic research, integrated at the Amsterdam infection and Immunity Institute (AI&II). The Department of Medical Microbiology is responsible for clinical diagnostics and infectious disease consultations, (bio)medical education and training, and research and development across the full range of disciplines in medical microbiology, including bacteriology, virology and parasitology. The department is also responsible for the clinical supervision of the microbiology laboratory of the Amsterdam Public Health Service (GGD), responsible for primary care and public health microbiology in Amsterdam.

    The Department of Global Health is one of the founding partners of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD). The work of the Department within AIGHD takes a problem-oriented approach and transcends the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines to provide sustainable solutions in the field of Global Health. AIGHD stands for a collaboration among biomedical researchers from the Amsterdam UMC (AMC), social scientists and economists from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and from the VU University Amsterdam (VU). AIGHD links expertise, resources and programs from institutions that are involved in health-related research, education and capacity building.

    The culture is open and cooperation is generally accessible. Moreover, we strive for equal opportunities for everyone. This means that there is room for everyone's culture, origin, ideas and creativity.

    Application procedure

    If you would like more information, please feel free to contact Constance Schultsz via

    A reference check, screening and appointment approval can be part of the procedure. Read here whether this also applies to you. If you join us, we will ask for a VOG (Statement of Good Conduct).

    Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

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