Careers at UMC Utrecht
Vacancy number: 2021/0878
Apply to: May 16 2021
Education: University
Employment: Temporary position
Full-time/Part-time: 36 - 36 hours

The Department of Benign Hematology of the UMC Utrecht (van Creveldkliniek), in close collaboration with the Department of Hematology  Amsterdam UMC and the Department of Pediatric Hematology Erasmus MC-Sophia Children’s Hospital, have a vacancy for a PhD candidate during a 3.5 year period.

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a hereditary chronic hemolytic anemia characterized by sickle-shaped red blood cells, leading to periodic small vessel occlusion and inflammation with long-term organ damage and early mortality.

You will coordinate  the Dutch contribution of an observational trial in 1000 patients with sickle cell disease. Within this trial,  artificial intelligence will be employed to model outcomes using  clinical, genomic (GWAS), and laboratory tests i.e. functional (point of sickling) blood analyses. In addition, you will support other ongoing multicenter projects.  

We offer an international environment, a highly innovative and motivated team with strong collaborations world-wide. Within this 3,5 year research position, you will work with patient materials, and artificial intelligence models within the EU Horizon 2020 funded Genomed4all consortium.


The PhD will be stationed in the van Creveldkliniek in the UMC in Utrecht. You will work on behalf of the Dutch National SCORE (Sickle Cell Outcome REsearch) consortium, which is a multicenter initiative uniting all Dutch Sickle Cell expertise centers. The direct supervision of your PhD project will be executed by Dr. Ward van Beers in close cooperation with Prof. dr. Bart Biemond in the Amsterdam UMC and Dr. Marjon Cnossen in the Erasmus MC-Sophia Children’s Hospital.   


This is a research position for a PhD student who is highly motivated and ambitious, skilled in team work, but also able to work independently, is flexible, and is able to push this large project successfully forward. Experience and affinity towards data management and logistics is essential.

Requirements to start as PhD student on this project are:

  • A master degree in medicine,  biomedical science or an equivalent degree.
  • Knowledge in basic statistical methods.
  • Excellent communication and writing in both English and Dutch.

You will be responsible for recruitment and organization of the transport of fresh blood samples from various hospitals. This project includes handling of patient materials.

This job is based on a PhD position, starting with a contract for a year and can be extended to a 3,5 year period.

The maximum salary for this position (36 - 36 hours) is € 4.615,00 gross per month based on full-time employment.

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

More information

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Ward van Beers, Internist-hematoloog, phone number: 088-7558450, e‑mail adress:

Acquisition based on this jobopening is not appreciated.


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