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: http://www.nfu.nl/english/about-the-nfu/
The duration of a PhD program is usually four years (up to a maximum of 4 years).