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Assistant Professorship - Health Economics

University of Twente (UT). Enschede (Niederlande), 27.04.2017

Assistant Professor Health Economics


Location Enschede
Function types Professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers
Scientific fields Health, Economics, Behaviour and Society
Hours 32.0 hours per week
Salary € 3427 - € 4691
Education Doctorate
Job number 904981
About employer University of Twente (UT)

Job description

Throughout the world, health care systems face challenges that can only be handled by (further) improving the efficiency of interventions, processes and organizations. This requires optimal use of existing health care resources as well as optimal implementation of new efficient technological innovations. We are building our team and searching for an ambitious team player who is able to strengthen our expertise in health economics/health technology assessment (HTA), and in operations research, and can further strengthen the link between these fields. The assistant professor will enforce the link between the health economics/HTA department (HTSR, Health Technology & Services Research) and the operations management department (IEBIS, Industrial Engineering and Business Information Systems). You will be working in an international environment and bring methodological expertise in health economics/HTA, and operations research/operations management, such as the use of quantitative models to support decision making at clinical and policy levels and to optimize health care processes. This latter requires knowledge of simulation modeling techniques, such as Markov models, Discrete Event Simulation, System Dynamics, and Agent-based Modeling, as well as knowledge of a variety of optimization algorithms. We particularly expect to develop cross-links with adjacent areas such as (health) systems engineering and ‘mixed modeling‘ (combining decision making on individual, organizational, and societal level) to map the consequences of technology implementation on health service delivery. Application of (medical) informatics and statistics, to leverage big data, will provide the evidence to populate such models and will provide key health care insights. By interacting with experts from various UT departments you will open a new field of research combining evaluation of new health technology with optimization of its intended use in clinical practice. Given the interests of the departments involved, we expect you to support our work in the field of imaging and diagnostics in general and modeling of personalized medicine strategies in particular.


You have a degree in (medical) informatics, (health) economics, econometrics, industrial engineering, operations research or a similar discipline, with proven experience in the fields of health economics/HTA and operations management. You hold a PhD and have international experience as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and oral presentations at conferences. You know how to stimulate a research group of PhD students and have been successful acquiring research grants. Given the profile of the University of Twente you should be passionate about technology and/or the potential of technology to make important contributions to the health care sector. This includes an interest in early cycle health economic modeling and optimization of health care processes. Knowledge of the (Dutch) health care system is recommended. You will be responsible for teaching and take responsibility for the academic content of some of the health economics undergraduate courses in the curriculum Health Sciences, Industrial Engineering and Management, Technical Medicine and Biomedical Engineering. Additionally, you will supervise (under)graduate students in health sciences and PhD students.

Information and application

Applications (including curriculum vitae, list of publications) should be uploaded via before 22-05-2017. For more information on this position please contact dr. Erik Koffijberg ( , +31 (0)53 489 5384) or dr. Carine Doggen ( , +31(0)53 489 3687). More information about the department Health Technology & Services Research is available from the website: information about the department Industrial Engineering and Business Information Systems is available from the website:

Conditions of employment

We offer you a contract of 32 hours per week spanning a period of 2 years, with a two-month probation period. Your appointment will be changed to a permanent position dependent on scientific performance. The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labor Agreement for Universities (CAO). Depending on relevant background and experience, the gross monthly salary on a full time basis ranges from € 3.427,- to € 4.691,- per month. Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.

We offer excellent auxiliary terms of employment, such as professional and personal development programs; a secondary remuneration package; a dynamic environment with enthusiastic colleagues; an organization focusing on internationalization and a high degree of responsibility and independence.


The University of Twente.
We stand for science and technology, high tech, human touch, education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programs. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research. The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences strives to hold a leading position in their fields in relation to the science and technology research programs of the University of Twente. In all these fields, the faculty provides bachelor, master and professional development programs.

Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences
The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) strives to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. Through ‘social engineering‘ these technological advances are embedded in society befitting human needs and behaviour, within proper public and private management and business structures. For this the faculty of BMS upholds high quality disciplinary knowledge in psychology, business administration, public administration, communication science, philosophy, educational science and health sciences. All with a focus on the challenges in society. Research is strongly connected to our Institutes on Governance (IGS), ICT (CTIT), Health (MIRA) and Nanotechnology (MESA+).