PostDoc: 'Advanced analysis for earlier detection of coronary heart disease'



Working Enviroment

The CONCRETE consortium is a multidisciplinary collaboration of radiologists, cardiologists, general practitioners, data scientists, epidemiologists and health scientists in Groningen, Enschede, Utrecht and Maastricht. The research leaders in CONCRETE are internationally renowned for their research in relevant areas, including the validation and application of the calcium score. The post-doc is primarily supervised by the research leaders at the UMCG (Vliegenthart, van Ooijen); they are part of the Data Science Center in Health (DASH). There is an active network within DASH and the Radiology department that the postdoc can be involved in (journal clubs, research presentations, webinars, etc). You will be appointed at the UMCG Groningen, where there also is the possibility to work partly from home.

Job description

As a postdoc you are actively involved in data management and data analysis within CONCRETE. You will write scientific paper(s) based on the advanced analyses and we will encourage that you will write or will be involved in a follow-up grant application based on experience and results.

Furthermore you are responsible for:
- multi-source data management within CONCRETE;
- advanced data analysis (complex statistics, machine/deep learning, visualization) of CONCRETE results;
- writing scientific paper(s) based on the advanced analyses;
- (being involved in) writing a follow-up subsidy application.

Project information
In the CONCRETE project we investigate whether general practitioners are more likely to make an early diagnosis of coronary heart disease (CHD) when they have access to the calcium score test. The calcium score, based on a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan, tests the calcium content in the coronary arteries and is a very sensitive test for CHD. A total of 100 GP practices are participating. CONCRETE wants to show that the GP can detect or rule out CHD in an inexpensive and effective way with the CT scan. In recent years, hundreds of patients have been included in the study. For advanced analysis of the extensive data from various sources (including described complaints, risk factors, clinical data, and calcium score data) we are looking for a postdoc with experience in complex statistics or experience in machine learning / deep learning. The outcome of the analyzes is more insight into clusters of factors, or patient profiles, that are related to early stages of CHD.
The CONCRETE project is subsidized by the Heart Foundation. The current vacancy falls within the Talent Development work package.


A motivated candidate with a master's degree in (technical) medicine, health sciences, biomedical sciences or biomedical technology with a PhD degree in a subject in medicine, health sciences or biomedical sciences.

- You have very good written skills in the English language.
- Knowledge of the Dutch language is recommended.
- You have experience in complex statistics and/or machine learning/deep learning.
- You have analytical skills.
- Knowledge of the cardiovascular field/disease area is recommended.
- You are available to start at short time notice (June/July 2023).

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.

Conditions of employment

The successful candidate will be able to develop and expend their research skills within highly experienced, enthusiastic and internationally recognized group of experts. A full time (36 hours a week) position as a postdoc for the duration of 1 years. Your salary will be a maximum of € 5,088,- 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).

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy you may contact:

prof. dr. Rozemarijn Vliegenthart telefoonnummer (050) 361 6161

Applying for a job

Please use the the digital application form at the bottom of this page - only these will be processed. You can apply until 31 May 2023. Within half an hour after sending the digital application form you will receive an email- confirmation with further information.

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