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VACANCY: PhD position in Health Informatics

posted Mar 11, 2015, 7:47 AM by Marco Spruit   [ updated Mar 25, 2015, 2:10 PM ]
Utrecht University has a vacancy for a full-time, 4-year funded Ph.D position in the OPERAM Horizon2020 project. OPERAM is an acronym for OPtimising thERapy to prevent Avoidable hospital admissions in the Multimorbid elderly. It has received funding within the European Horizon2020 Research and Innovation action Personalising health and care, subcall PHC 17-2014: Comparing the effectiveness of existing healthcare interventions in the elderly.

The OPERAM consortium consists of 9 participants from Switserland, Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium, Greece, Italy and Germany. OPERAM is centred around a multicentre large-scale cluster randomised clinical trial (RCT) of an intervention designed to optimise pharmacotherapy and to enhance drug compliance versus usual care. This intervention is operationalised through the STRIP Assistant (STRIPA), a user-friendly rule-based clinical decision support system (CDSS). See

STRIPA development started in 2010 and the SaaS software is now ready to be used in daily practice in primary care within the Netherlands. The OPERAM UU-PhD student will, in collaboration with the OPERAM UU-postdoc, extend STRIPA to capture patients’ data and provide clinicians with the necessary information to optimise the individual patient’s drug therapy, highlight ADR risk, and indicate the cheapest drug brand available. Output datasets will include correctness of drug indications, potential prescribing omissions of beneficial drugs, instances of potentially inappropriate medications, presence of ADRs, potential adverse drug interactions, a list of generic drugs to consider, and dosing advice. STRIPA needs to uniformly support hospital sites in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Ireland, and Belgium. It will be advantageous if you already understand the local languages, though not required.

This is a Semantic Interoperability & Data Analytics PhD position. The PhD’s tasks will revolve around (1) semantic interoperability engineering to accomodate the various national classification standards within one European-wide application, in both primary and secondary care domains, and (2) data analytics for personalised prescription support. Furthermore, he/she should ideally be proficient in and be enthousiastic about (a) web engineering in Java and JavaScript, (b) rule-based knowledge systems, (c) information architecture, and (d) software-based health care innovations.

The OPERAM project will start on May 1, 2015. You need not apply if you are unavailable before August 1. If you think you qualify and are interested, or if you think you know someone who may be qualified and interested in pursuing a PhD, please contact me for more information, or simply apply before April 8, 2015!