ZonMw has awarded a TOP research grant to Professor Mirjam Kretzschmar (UMC Utrecht Julius Center) and Professor Vincent Buskens (Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences), for the proposal “Harnessing social networks for infectious disease control”. In this project we will study the interaction between individuals and populations with respect to risk perception, behavior and disease transmission in dynamic contact networks. The PhD candidate will conduct research surveys among men who have sex with men and among a population of elderly to study contact patterns and social networks. These studies will be conducted in collaboration with two GGDs in the Netherlands. One of the aims is to develop further a survey approach based on respondent driven sampling and to apply statistical methods for analysing data from such sampling schemes. The PhD candidate will conduct case studies in elderly populations and in men who have sex with men in collaboration with two GGDs.
More information on the vacancy.