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Postdoc Socioeconomic inequalities in health in Europe

Job description

Tackling persistent or even widening inequalities in health is a major societal challenge. In all European countries, people with a low socioeconomic position have lower life expectancies and live longer in poor heath. Internationally comparable data offer a unique opportunity to monitor health inequalities and to investigate the impact of social policies. For many years, the Department of Public Health plays an internationally leading role in research on cross-country variation in health inequalities.

You will expand a unique cross-European database on socioeconomic inequalities in health and mortality and use these data to set up, perform, and publish interdisciplinary research on socioeconomic inequalities in health and mortality. Specifically, you will organize the collection and harmonization of the most recently available data and conduct new innovative studies on socioecnomic inequalties in health, their determinants and strategies to reduce inequalities, and to write scientific pubilcations in high impact journals.

You work in collaboration with a research team at the Department of Public Health and with international partners. This will allow you to increase your experience with a broad range of quantitative research methods, to collaborate with a research team that includes a comprehensive mixture of relevant backgrounds, including social epidemiolgy, demography and sociology and to contriubte to a important publich health challenge.

Work environment

You are part of the research line of Social Epidemiology. This research line addresses the variation in population health by social determinants and acknowledges that understanding and improving population health calls for an inclusion of the social conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age in public health research. It exploits the variation in the magnitude of health inequalities over time, across countries, between and within cities and within socioeconomic groups in social-epidemiological research to improve insight in the underlying pathways of socioeconomic inequalities with the aim to reduce inequalities and to improve population health.

Qualifications and skills
  • You have a PhD in Health Sciences, Public Health, Epidemiology, Demography, Sociology or a related field. You have excellent quantitative methodological skills and writing skills, as well as organization and communication skills (oral and written).
  • Experience with the acquisition of research funds is appreciated.
  • We highly support candidates who want to further develop their skills in leadership, goal-oriented working, creativity, initiative, engagement, vision, and visibility.

Before you apply please check our conditions for employment.

Terms of employment

You will receive a temporary position for 2 years. The gross monthly salary amounts a maximum of € 4.615,- (scale 10), depending on your level of education and relevant experience and based on a full-time working week of 36 hours. The terms of employment are in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Medical Centers (CAO UMC).

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Frank van Lenthe, professor, e-mail: or Wilma Nusselder, assistant professor, e-mail: For queries regarding your application, please contact Jerry Chandansingh, Recruiter, by phone number: +31 (0)6 500 310 06.

If you are excited by the thought of this position and would like to apply, please do so by using the application form on our website.

No agencies please.

32 - 36 hours
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