Careers at UMC Utrecht
Vacancy number: 2018/0776
Apply to: October 28 2018
Education: University
Employment: Temporary position
Full-time/Part-time percentage: 100%

The IMI GetReal Initiative consortium is a ground-breaking pan-European partnership between academia, government agencies, patient organisations and pharmaceutical companies that is funded by the EU Innovative Medicines Initiative ( This consortium aims to increase the quality of real-world evidence (RWE) generation in medicines development and regulatory/HTA processes across Europe. One of the taskforces specifically focusses on the topic of pragmatic trials and the decision support tool developed during the initial GetReal project ( The Julius Center is a leading partner in the IMI GetReal consortium. The research will be carried out at the EU level, in close collaboration with pharmaceutical companies, academia and HTA and regulatory agencies. The employee would be working at the Julius Center, UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands. The key activities of the employee would be to work together with the UMC Utrecht taskforce lead in driving the adoption of well-designed operationally feasible and acceptable pragmatic trials by maximizing the acceptance and incorporation of the GetReal guidance on pragmatic trials (incl. the PragMagic tool, see and developing a business model for sustainability of these outputs. This involves identifying and consulting with experts on the remaining barriers to the implementation of pragmatic trials in practice, setting up international meetings, piloting the use of the PragMagic tool and website, determining requirements for maximized uptake of these resources/tools, coordinating the subsequent refinement of the tool with our IT partners and co-developing a business model/sustainability plan for PragMagic and the other resources and identify opportunities for follow-up funding.


The Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care is a division within the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht) and has a specific interest in Real World Evidence principles and methods. The Julius Center aspires to an international leadership role in obtaining and disseminating knowledge in the field of health sciences and primary care medicine. It has acquired a leading position by focusing on 3 pillars: ground-breaking research, successful education programs and academic primary care. The Julius Center carries out its ground-breaking research through multidisciplinary co-operation within its four research programs: Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases, Cancer and Methodology.


You have a MSc in a relevant discipline (biomedical sciences, innovation management, healthcare entrepreneurship or similar). Preferably, you have several years of experience in the field of healthcare innovation or business development. You have an interest in clinical trial methodology, real world evidence and the use of IT solutions in health care/medicines development. You must have proven writing ability, strong problem solving skills, skills in communication and you are fluent in English. You are able to work independently in a multi-disciplinary team and you have interest in working in collaboration with different partners and stakeholders locally and internationally.

The maximum salary for this position (100%) is € 4.216,00 gross per month based on full-time employment (work week 36 hours). This job is based on a temporary position for 1 year with a possible extension.

In addition, we offer an annual benefit of 8.3%, holiday allowance, travel expenses, career opportunities and personal budget. The terms of employment are in accordance with the Cao University Medical Centers (UMC).


Expected starting date is December 1st, but an earlier start would be a possibility. Salary scale B10/B11, depending on experience.

More information

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Mrs.Mira Zuidgeest, Assistant Professor via phone +31 (0)6 11 33 46 98 or email

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