Doctoral fellow

Last application date
Jan 15, 2024 00:00
GE39 - Department of Public Health and Primary Care
Limited duration
Candidates must hold a MSc in the field of health sciences or economics, e.g. management and policy of health care, public health, health promotion, medicine, nursing and midwifery, psychology, economics.
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

The PhD project is part of two larger European projects called Digicare4You and BETTER4U, and focusses on the health economic evaluation of the use of digital tools in Europe.
DigiCare4You is an innovative, easy-to-implement, low-cost, and sustainable solution which will help build healthcare services’ capacity and strengthen countries’ primary care systems as well as help address the specific needs and preferences of people at risk of type 2 diabetes and/or hypertension.
The BETTER4U project aims to go beyond the existing knowledge on obesity contributing factors by unveiling the interplay between its biological and lifestyle determinants and closing the current gap between research findings and effective and cost-effective, personalized interventions for obesity prevention. Using this new knowledge, BETTER4U will develop, evaluate and promote evidence-based and sustainable personalized lifestyle interventions to prevent and tackle obesity across multiple age groups.
You will prepare a PhD with the focus on the evaluation of the long-term cost-effectiveness and budget impact. You are part of a scientific research team and will carry out the following tasks, among others:

  • You will prepare and follow-up the data collection forms to collect the information that is required to conduct the health economic evaluation
  • You will perform a systematic literature review on the cost-effectiveness of personalized lifestyle interventions for obesity prevention
  • You will develop decision-analytic models for the health economic evaluation studies in the different intervention countries
  • You will perform the health economic evaluations and report its findings
  • You will publish scientific articles and present your work at international scientific conferences related to the research project
  • You will contribute to the project’s valorisation objectives by collaborating with societal stakeholders to optimise fit of the research results to practice
    and societal impact.

Job profile

  • Candidates must hold a master degree as mentioned above
  • You have a strong interest in health economic research;
  • You have expertise in working with Excel, expertise in working with R is a plus;
  • You have a strong motivation for conducting scientific research at a high level;
  • You have strong analytical skills;
  • You take initiative and responsibility;
  • You are motivated to work independently while collaborating in a multidisciplinary team;
  • You have a good knowledge of English, both spoken and written;
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation;
  • You are quality-oriented, honest, creative and collaborative.

What we offer?

  • A full-time, fixed-term appointment for initially 1 year, renewable after positive evaluations up to 4 years;
  • You get the chance to further develop your research skills, while also benefiting from working within a large international team.
  • You get the opportunity to be involved in other activities that interest you within the Department of Public Health and Primary Care;
  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 36 days of paid leave,
    bicycle commuting reimbursement, ecocheques, etc

How to apply

To apply, submit the following materials to Prof. Nick Verhaeghe ( 

  • your CV and an overview of your study results
  • a motivation letter outlining your experience and interest
  • a transcript of the required MSc degree (if already in your possession). If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, please add a translation in one of the mentioned languages.