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PhD Student Improving Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance

What you are going to do

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, bioinformatics and computational biology to better understand the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance.

Antimicrobial resistance is increasing morbidity, mortality, and health-care expenditures worldwide. As resistance to new antibiotics is emerging ever quicker after their introduction, it rapidly reduces the effectiveness of even last-resort antibiotics. The sustainable introduction of a novel class antibiotic can thus only be achieved when accompanied by timely and informed surveillance and stewardship strategies. However, surveillance of antimicrobial resistance requires substantial investments. Affordable methodologies and tools to estimate the prevalence of national and local resistance are urgently needed, especially in low- and middle-income countries with limited diagnostic capacity.

Your research project will be embedded in two European collaborations to explore how we can leverage various novel data types, such as sewage metagenomics data, to estimate local and national resistance, and to model the sustainable introduction of a novel class antibiotic. You will also work together with colleagues from the Amsterdam Public Health laboratory (GGD).

What we expect from you

We are looking for a highly motivated and pro-active candidate who has:

  • a Master’s degree in (micro-)biology, biomedical sciences, mathematical/computational biology, evolutionary biology or a related field;
  • knowledge of statistics and bioinformatics;
  • a desire to work with and analyze large data sets (data science);
  • a willingness to learn working in a high-performance computing environment;
  • excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • an interest in, and an open collaborative attitude to, working in a multidisciplinary research group.
Where you are going to work

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

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 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.

You will be stationed at AIGHD, and at least one day a week at the Department of Medical Microbiology of AMC.

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.

What we offer you

We offer you ample opportunity for development, deepening and broadening, additional training and a place to grow! Working at AMR means working in an inspiring and professional environment where development is encouraged in every respect.

• The maximum gross monthly salary based on a 36-hour work week is € 3.103,- (scale 21 CAO UMC).
• The base salary does not include holiday pay (8%) and a year-end bonus (8.3%).
• We offer a contract for 48 months.
• 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.

For an overview of all our other terms of employment, see

Let’s meet

If you would like to apply directly, please use the ‘apply’ button on this page.
If you would like more information, please feel free to contact Prof. dr. Constance Schultsz (Clinical microbiologist), via or contact dr. Rik Oldenkamp (Postdoctoral Researcher), via

We look forward to meeting you!

Because of the coronavirus, healthcare is our main focus now in Amsterdam UMC. This means that it will probably take longer before we give you feedback on your application, or schedule job interviews. Thank you for your understanding!

Uren per week: 36 hours per week