Research Physician/PhD student Cardiology: research in the field of arrhythmia

36 hours a week
€2911 - €4615

Closing date: July 16

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Working environment

PhD positions for medical doctors to study predictors of Atrial Fibrillation (AF) progression, sex differences, the role of heart failure in AF and randomized trial investigating how to improve outcome in different groups of AF patients.

Do you want to obtain a PhD degree with clinical research in this well-known group of AF researchers? You can become our new physician scientist!

Our research has direct impact on therapy, outcome and quality of life of patients with AF. Are you interested and just like us fascinated by heart diseases and atrial fibrillation? Then please read on, because the research team of Michiel Rienstra and Isabelle van Gelder would be very happy to work with you. You can now join our team as a physician scientist. You will work in the department of cardiology of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). A dynamic department where research and clinical practice are intertwined.

The UMCG cardiology research center offers a unique workplace in the world of science. Problems experienced by practicing cardiologists are translated into scientific questions each day. Always trying to finds solutions today that may benefit the patients of tomorrow. The UMCG is one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands and also the largest employer in the North. The Heart Center consists of the departments of cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery and is among the largest departments of its kind in the Netherlands and one of three national centers where patients with congenital heart disease are treated.

Job description

You will join the UMCG cardiology research department as a PhD student, and work on scientific discovery at the intersection of science and medicine. You will work on clinical studies under the guidance of national and international experts in the field. Through our PhD training program you will develop the unique ability to identify and study important questions in atrial fibrillation independently. You will work in a multidisciplinary team that consists of cardiologists, physiologist, epidemiologists, vascular specialists, neurologists, and biologists. Our international network allows you to collaborate with researches from around the world and international work visits and presentations at international conferences are part of the job.

In our RACE V study you will study why and in whom atrial fibrillation progresses. For that, we aim to build a prediction model for progression from paroxysmal AF to permanent AF using not only clinical parameters like sex, age and underlying diseases, but also echo parameters, severity of vascular disease, blood biomarkers identifying pathophysiological pathways and genetics.

We also perform our own investigator initiated randomized trials studying which treatment strategy is preferable in different groups of AF patients, e.g. RACE 8 (yes or no ablation in patients with atrial fibrillation and heart failure), RACE 9 (yes or no cardioversion in shortlasting AF), RASTA-AF (yes or no lifestyle interventions and aggressive risk factor management in patients undergoing AF ablation), and APAF-CRT (yes or no AV node ablation in permanent AF and heart failure).

What do we need

  • You are (almost) licensed as a medical doctor and are interested in cardiology and arrhythmias.
  • Preferably you already have some research experience, but this is not absolutely necessary.
  • Excellent communication skills, in English and in Dutch.
  • You are a team player, but can also work independently.

The UMCG has a preventive Hepatitis B policy. The UMCG can provide you with the vaccination, should it be required for your position.

In case of specific professions a ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’ is required.

What do we offer

As a physician/PhD candidate with an interest in cardiology, UMCG cardiology offers you plenty of opportunities to follow your passion! Your salary will be a maximum of € 4.615,- gross per month (scale 10), depending on your qualifications and relevant experience, based on a full-time appointment. In addition, the UMCG will offer you 8% holiday pay, and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Medical Centres (CAO-UMC). English:

The duration of a PhD program is usually four years (up to a maximum of 4 years).

For questions about the position

If you have any questions about the job position, we would love to hear from you. Do not hesitate to contact us.

Michiel Rienstra

Isabelle van Gelder

Applying for a job

Please use the the digital application form at the bottom of this page - only these will be processed.
You can apply until 16 July 2020.
Within half an hour after sending the digital application form you will receive an email- confirmation with further information.


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Vera Heijnen
Vera Heijnen Team Recruitment