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Vacancy number: 2020/0075
Apply to: February 16 2020
Education: University
Employment: Temporary position
Full-time/Part-time percentage: 100%

This four-year PhD candidate position will focus on the outcome of poisoned patients at intensive care units (ICU) in Europe (TOXIC-EU). As the successful candidate for this position, you will be participating in an observational, prospective, multicenter study aimed at providing an up-to-date, international (“European”) overview of the incidence and patterns of ICU patients suffering from poisoning. Acute poisonings have a considerable impact on healthcare systems. Depending on the setting and the type of ICU, up to 14% of the ICU population consists of patients with an acute poisoning. Notably, the in-hospital mortality of poisoned ICU patients is strikingly low, as is their length of stay at the ICU. Your key responsibilities will include reviewing the known risk factors for poor outcomes in ICU acute poisoning patients, and developing the online Castor database, which will allow for thorough epidemiological analyses to determine the clinical outcome of poisoned ICU patients and identify risk factors for poor outcome. This will involve collaborating with other medical centers, collecting data on ICU patients suffering from poisoning, performing data analysis, and presenting and publishing your research data. You will also have the opportunity to take high-quality courses throughout your PhD.


This position will be based at the Dutch Poisons Information Center (DPIC), headed by Prof. Dylan de Lange. The DPIC provides physicians and other health professionals with information about potential health effects and treatment options regarding acute poisonings. The DPIC can be consulted by telephone (24/7), and via the website Vergiftigingen.info. In 2018, the DPIC received nearly 50.000 information requests by telephone regarding poisonings in humans and animals. Although the DPIC is not a research group, research is performed in a variety of fields within clinical toxicology.


As the ideal candidate for this position, you should possess an MSc degree in the life sciences, such as in Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Drug Innovation, Toxicology, or a comparable discipline, preferably with a background in toxicology, experience in scientific research and epidemiological analysis supported by internships or work experience, and knowledge of medical terminology. Desirable qualities include a keen approach to working and initiating collaborations in a multidisciplinary setting, and enthusiasm about learning how to carry out epidemiological analyses using programming languages (such as R). You should also possess excellent organisational skills, be capable of working relatively independently, and be able to communicate and write fluently in English.

The maximum salary for this position (100%) is € 3.103,00 gross per month based on full-time employment (work week 36 hours). This job is based on a temporary position for four years.

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).


We would like to receive your resume and motivation letter in English. The selection procedure will consist of several rounds, including a first round with interviews, and successive rounds with a presentation and writing assignment. Interviews are conducted at 09-03-2020 and 10-03-2020. For more information about this vacancy you may contact: dr. Laura Hondebrink via NVIC-onderzoek@umcutrecht.nl or 088-755 8561. For other information: phone toll-free on 0800 - 25 000 25 (only within the Netherlands).

More information

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Mrs.Laura Hondebrink, Onderzoeker, phone number: 088-7558561, e‑mail adress: nvic-onderzoek@umcutrecht.nl.

Acquisition based on this jobopening is not appreciated.


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