Universiteit Twente

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Assistant Professor of Rurban Health Research M/V

Job description

The Department of Technology, Policy and Society (TPS), section Health Technology and Services Research (HTSR) at the University of Twente (UT) is seeking an assistant professor in the area of Health.

The Challenge

We are searching for a results-oriented new colleague who is able to expand our expertise in the following area of health at a cross roads between rural and urban structures and systems: the rurban space.

Current challenges on new ways of governing the emerging interrelatedness between rural and urban (“rurban”) areas, call for innovative and urgent solutions, as cities occupy up to 60 times as much space outside their limits as within. Rurban spaces create further demands on health services and health provision as well as on health care systems. Understanding the impact of these rurban areas on health and health care systems will be essential to support developing more effective solutions. We need to find out how “rurbanization” takes place, including the role of the governance and health care system, and the respective interplays!

Sustainable and responsible rurbanization requires innovative measures of collective intervention. Such measures should particularly address critical challenges such as those related to health and health care systems as well as the further emphasis on care provided in rurban centres and the demands for reorganization associated with this. Rurbanization presents challenges to health care systems that can only be handled by (further) improving the efficiency of its interventions, processes and organizations. This requires optimal use of existing resources as well as efficient development and implementation of new efficient innovative interventions (blended, technological). Furthermore, data need to be shared between healthcare organizations and access to each other’s data systems should be more straightforward, also for patients. Innovative (digital) technologies are increasingly used and the ensuing information needs to be linked to these data systems in order to optimally use all available information. With such an integrated health care system, high quality healthcare may be more easily delivered, also in rurban areas. However, several barriers hinder the development of such a system.

We particularly seek to develop cross-links with adjacent areas such as systems engineering, and the further study of decision-making at an individual, organizational, and societal level. Across time the goal will be to interact with researchers from various UT departments and contributing to develop a new field of research combining health services research and systemic change facilitating engagement in climate mitigation and adaptation efforts that can increase the health of the population as well as nature resilience and by doing this, contributing to Sustainable Rurban Innovations. An efficient health care organisation plays an important role to reach this goal.

Your profile
  • A PhD degree in biomedical or health sciences, data science or medical information systems, or business administration and interest in the innovative role of (digital) technology in organizing healthcare;
  • A creative and entrepreneurial researcher with experience in qualitative and quantitative methods using large datasets, e.g. from technological devices and healthcare organisations, as well as interventionist approaches with societal engagement;
  • Experience in design and/or research in interventions in health care organizations, ideally utilizing innovative technologies and different data systems;
  • A strong publication and presentation record in peer-reviewed international journals, book chapters and outreach activities;
  • Experience in teaching at an internationally accredited university;
  • Excellent communication and networking skills and a proven talent to collaborate in interdisciplinary settings;
  • Proficient in English (C2 level) and Dutch;
  • In possession of a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ), or willingness to acquire it.

We expect that you will move to the Netherlands, to the region where the university is located or to a region from which a daily commute is feasible.

Are you up for the challenge to improve the world with your research as well as teaching? Then apply now!

Our offer

We offer a fulltime position for four years with prospects for a permanent position. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda. The starting salary, depending on your experience, ranges between €3.746 to €5.826 gross per month (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). In addition, the UT offers additional attractive employment conditions (8% holiday allowance, 8.3% end-of-year bonus, solid pension scheme, sabbatical leave, professional and personal development programs, etc.). As for the international applicants, they are likely to qualify for a low 30% tax regime.

Information and application

We encourage you to discuss ideas about this position with dr. ir. H. Koffijberg, e-mail: h.koffijberg@utwente.nl. Please submit your application before June 21st, 2021, and include:

  • A cover letter of at most 1.5 page A4, including a brief emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications and motivation to apply for this position;
  • A full Curriculum Vitae, including the title of your dissertation and contact information for at least two academic references;
  • A publication list.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our university. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

About the department

The Section of Health Technology and Services Research (HTSR) at the University of Twente is part of the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences (BMS) and embedded in the Technology, Policy And Society Group (TPS) department and the Technical Medical Center (TechMed). At HTSR, we focus on assessing and optimizing the impact of new health technology on clinical and health outcomes, quality and safety of health care, delivery of health care services, and the associated health care costs. HTSR consists of a multidisciplinary team with expertise in health technology assessment/health economics, epidemiology, data science, patient preferences, simulation modelling and health psychology. Strong ties with large health care organizations are present to ensure successful collaborative research in the field of healthcare. Also the TPS department adds to the health care system focus of the HTSR by focusing on sustainability, philosophy and ethics, policy, and (higher) education.

About the organization

The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) aims to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. By means of 'social engineering', we are here to integrate these advances in society. As a people-first tech university, we align these advances with the needs and behaviour of humans. We ensure proper public and private management as well as robust, inclusive and fair organisational structures. The faculty of BMS does this by developing, transferring and applying high-quality knowledge of Psychology, Business Administration, Public Administration, Communication Science, Philosophy, Educational Science, and Health Sciences. Our research and education in these disciplines is challenge-based. The BMS research programmes are directly linked to our research institutes: Mesa+ Institute for Nanotechnology, the TechMed Centre and the Digital Society Institute.
As an employer, the BMS Faculty offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With our Faculty, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customizable conditions.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

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Wat wij bieden

€ 3.746,- tot € 5.826,-
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