Tenure track Assistant Professor position in Real World Evidence (1.0 FTE)

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38 tot 40
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Real World Evidence is essential for decision making on medicines by health care professionals, regulatory and reimbursement agencies. Evaluation of interventions in small populations and individual patients demands innovations in: 1: (pragmatic) trial design and analysis as well as observational research methods, and 2: methodology to integrate and analyse data from increasingly large and rich datasets (Big Data) originating from electronic health records, patient reported outcomes, social media, wearables and biobanks. New research methods need to be developed into discovery of new adverse drug effects, effectiveness (prediction in patient subgroups), and (re)discovery of new drug targets.

The position involves 70% research time and 30% teaching activities so it can offer you a diverse and interesting mix of responsibilities, such as:

  • conducting research into development and evaluation of methods to generate evidence on effectiveness and safety of medicines in daily clinical practice (real world evidence);
  • contributing to the acquisition of substantial external research funding for the benefit of the research programme;
  • strongly contributing to (maintaining) cooperation with (inter)national partners in the field of pharmacoepidemiology and drug regulatory science;
  • coordinating and teaching in Real World Evidence related courses (pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacotherapy, medication policy) in the Bachelor's and Master's programmes Pharmacy, Drug Innovation and the Pharmacoepidemiology Summer Programme;
  • supervising research (PhD and MSc) within the scope of the research programme.


We are looking for someone to complement our team, both on a academic and personal level, and who has:

  • a PhD degree in (bio)medical, (bio)statistical or pharmaceutical science or other relevant research field;
  • a strong research track record in methodological development/evaluation in observational drug research and/or pragmatic trials;
  • scientific creativity and productivity, as evident in recent publications in (international) peer-reviewed journals;
  • the ability to acquire research funding;
  • experience in and passion for teaching and/or co-coordinating academic courses;
  • experience in supervising MSc students;
  • a Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) or the willingness to acquire this qualification in the near future;
  • an excellent command of the English language and is (if applicable) willing to learn Dutch in the near future;
  • an effective and efficient work ethic;
  • the ability and drive to work within international/multidisciplinary teams and to also think conceptually;
  • good communication skills.


  • the opportunity to work in a team of ambitious and collaborative scientists;
  • a full-time tenure track position for five years, which will be subject to a mid-term evaluation after approximately 2.5 years and an end-term evaluation. If evaluations are positive after five years, the position becomes permanent;
  • a full-time gross salary ranging from €3,746 to €5,826 (scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities, at the level of Assistant Professor);
  • benefits including 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the cao for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment yourself via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This way we like to encourage you to continue to grow.

More information about working at the Faculty of Science can be found here.

Over de organisatie

As an Assistant Professor of Real World Evidence you will be employed at the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Clinical Pharmacology of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Faculty of Science, Utrecht University. The division of Pharmacoepidemiology & Clinical Pharmacology consists of a multidisciplinary team of internationally oriented Researchers. The mission of the division is to improve the safe and effective use of medicines by patients and society. Our research contributes to a better understanding of the variability in medicines’ use and patient outcomes, both from a clinical, policy and methodological perspective.

The Centre for Pharmacoepidemiology is embedded in the division of Pharmacoepidemiology & Clinical Pharmacology. The Centre aims to develop, improve and evaluate innovative observational pharmacoepidemiologic methods to obtain reliable information on benefits and harms of medicines after marketing in real life. Methodological innovations are inspired by relevant research questions in clinical practice, pharmaceutical policy and regulation. Important themes are methods to prevent and/or control for confounding, analysis of effect modification (precision medicine), multi-database analysis, and innovative approaches for increasing validity and richness of data.

At the Faculty of Science there are 6 departments to make a fundamental connection with: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Physics. Each of these is made up of distinct institutes which work together to focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing problems. More fundamental still are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects.

Utrecht University is a friendly and ambitious university at the heart of an ancient city. We love to welcome new scientists to our city – a thriving cultural hub that is consistently rated as one of the world’s happiest cities. We are renowned for our innovative interdisciplinary research and our emphasis on inspirational research and excellent education. We are equally well-known for our familiar atmosphere and the can-do attitude of our people. This fundamental connection attracts Researchers, Professors and PhD candidates from all over the globe, making both the university and the Faculty of Science a vibrant international and wonderfully diverse community.

Aanvullende informatie

If you have any questions about this position, please contact Prof O.H. Klungel via o.h.klungel@uu.nl.

Do you have questions about the application procedure? Please send an email to science.recruitment@uu.nl.


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. If you have the expertise and the experience to excel in this role, please respond via the “Apply now” button!

Please enclose:

  • your letter of motivation;
  • your curriculum vitae;
  • the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least two references;
  • a copy of your PhD certificate.

If this specific opportunity is not for you, but you know someone who may be interested, please forward the link to them.

Please note: Due to the current situation regarding the Corona virus (COVID-19) the process of selection and interviews is subject to change. Initial interviews will most likely be conducted online.

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Uiterlijk reageren op 15 juli 2020.