Predoctoral Fellowships



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Predoctoral Fellowship in statistics


Stijn Vansteelandt,

Department of Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics, Faculty of Science, Ghent University, Belgium

and Department of Medical Statistics, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, U.K.

Tel: +32 (0) 9-2644776

We are recruiting an MSc to join a multidisciplinary team of statisticians, health care professionals, philosophers and lawyers involved in the research project `Leveraging Big Data To Improve Healthcare Decision-Making'. The aim of this project is to explore how the use of routinely collected data can be of real benefit for healthcare decision-making. To achieve this objective, the different partners involved in the project will explore the technical, legal and ethical problems related to collecting and aggregating data, data quality, and assess how and to what extent these data can be turned into evidence. They will subsequently examine the prospects of relying on routinely collected data in the market authorisation and surveillance of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The use of algorithm-based decision-making and their impact on ethical and legal issues related to transparency, accountability and liability will be assessed. Based on these findings, the ultimate aim is to investigate how the evidence resulting from routinely collected data can be further integrated into transparent and comprehensible clinical decision-making by healthcare professionals and patients.

The post-holder will apply and adapt statistical techniques on trial emulation, precision medicine and transportability, recently developed in the literature on causal inference, to help develop work aligned with the above objectives. This will be done along the lines of key scientific questions (e.g., on the optimal timing of initiation of renal replacement therapy), which will be worked out on the multicenter intensive care unit M@tric database.

The successful applicant will have an MSc in statistical data analysis, epidemiology or another relevant discipline with a strong quantitative component.

The post is based in Ghent (Belgium), with primary affiliation at the Department of Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics, and a secondary affiliation at the Department of Internal Medicine and Paediatrics. The post is available immediately and funds 4 years of research work in preparation of a PhD. The post is full-time.

Applications should be made via email to Applications should include a cv, a brief (e.g. 1 page) motivation letter, and the names and email contacts of 2 referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to