The Department of Health Sciences, Global Health Unit, is looking for a PhD candidate to work on an international research project on the intersection between Public and Reproductive health, called Prevention and Screening Innovation Project Towards Elimination of Cervical cancer (PRESCRIP-TEC). This project has the ambition to contribute to improving worldwide access and uptake of screening programmes for the prevention of cervical cancer. This international collaboration provides a challenging environment for a PhD candidate with international ambitions.
The PRESCRIP-TEC project is funded from the European H2020 research program, and coordinated by the UMC Groningen. It is a study of innovative approaches to cervical cancer screening based on self-testing for HPV infection and visual inspection of the cervix with acetic acid, combined with application of artificial intelligence as decision support system. The fieldwork will be done in India, Bangladesh and Uganda, and HPV testing and Pap-smear examination in Slovakia. The study aims to provide a more effective approach to screening and to provide insight into the costs and benefits of this innovative approach. The UMCG Department of Health Sciences, Global Health Unit, is leading and coordinating a consortium of 15 partners from the Netherlands, the UK, Spain and from Uganda, Bangladesh, India ans Slovakia as mentioned. The research project will start early 2021, and will last three years.
The research activities in the PRESCRIP-TEC project will be:
1. Designing a Monitoring & Evaluation framework for the screening operations and a work plan for research activities;
2. Measuring client-related barriers and facilitators for uptake of screening using a mixed methods research approach, using a series of existing survey and interview tools;
3. Measuring implementation fidelity and health systems related determinants of that, using mainly quantitative, WHO Service Availability and Readiness Assessment (SARA) tools;
4. Analysing of cost-effectiveness of the screening protocol, comparing with WHO analysis
5. Developing a business plan for implementation of improved screening and secondary prevention in Low and Middle-Income countries;
6. Assessing overall impact and scalability of the PRESCRIP-TEC project and expansion to other regions or countries;
7. Disseminating research outcomes, including writing reports and scientific publications.
You will be part of the UMCG team of gynaecologists, health scientists, epidemiologists and health economists, who collaborate in the research project. You will be working under direct supervision of a post-doctoral fellow. Your work will be both in guiding quantitative and qualitative data collection (implemented by research assistants in the field) and analysis in all of the above mentioned research areas.