Postdoctoral Position in Health Sciences

University of Antwerp

Department: Family Medicine and Population Health
Regime Full-time

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We are looking for an enthusiastic and capable postdoctoral researcher (m/f/x) (100%) for a project in the field of Health systems/chronic diseases. The Joint Action on Cardiovascular Diseases and Diabetes (JACARDI) is a large-scale European project that aims to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in EU countries, both at individual and societal level. JACARDI will implement validated best practices and/or (cost-)effective interventions in countries in the form of pilot studies, complementing and strengthening existing policies and programmes. Additionally, candidates are encouraged to develop new initiatives around chronic disease care in Belgium and abroad.

This project is interdisciplinary and spans the domains of public health, health systems, sociology and medicine. You will be appointed for 100%, managed jointly by the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health (FAMPOP) and the Department of Sociology - Center for Demography, Family and Health of the University of Antwerp.


  • You will be part of an interdisciplinary, scientific research team. In this team, you carry out the following scientific research tasks, among others:
    • You co-ordinate the process evaluation for the pilot projects of one of the work packages (on patient trajectories) of JACARDI.
    • o You are part of the Belgian team that rolls out the JACARDI work and you work together with other organizations such as Sciensano and the Diabetes Liga.
    • o You participate in JACARDI's international research network, for example for cross-country evaluations.
  • You co-coordinate and jointly supervise ongoing research projects on chronic care within the interdisciplinary research team.
  • You initiate new project applications on (the data on) chronic disease care in Belgium and abroad.
  • You publish scientific articles and present at scientific conferences related to the research projects.
  • You take on a limited package of teaching and research support tasks (e.g. supervising doctoral and master's students, giving a guest lecture, supervising a working lecture, etc....).


  • You hold a PhD in Sociology, Medical Sciences, Public Health or in another relevant domain.
  • You have a good and working knowledge of qualitative research methods and analysis techniques, and experience with relevant software such as N-VIVO.
  • Experience with implementation research, preferably also with process evaluation. Having worked in cross-country projects is an asset.
  • You are quality-oriented, with integrity, creative and collaborative. At the same time, you show a sense of initiative and independence.
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the educational vision of the University of Antwerp.
  • Your research skills are in line with faculty and university research policy.
  • You are fluent in Dutch and have a solid (written) knowledge of English.
  • You are strongly motivated to perform high-quality research within the above-mentioned research domain.
  • You are driven to write your research results in scientific articles.

We offer

  • We offer an appointment as a postdoctoral researcher for a period of 1 year - extendable to 4 years after favourable evaluation.
  • The anticipated start date is 1 November 2023 at the earliest.
  • Your monthly salary will be calculated according to the scales for Contract research staff.
  • You will receive ecocheques, internet connectivity allowance and a bicycle allowance or full reimbursement of your commute by public transport.
  • You will work partly at the city campus and partly at campus Drie Eiken of the University of Antwerp, in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • You will be part of an interdisciplinary and inter-university team.
  • You will contribute to a highly socially relevant field, carrying out research for and collaborating with stakeholders such as Domus Medica, the Flemish/Belgium government, city of Antwerp, etc.
  • You will have the opportunity to build an (inter)national network, which also offers perspectives for your further career.
  • You will have several opportunities to develop yourself personally through conference participation, contributions to teaching activities and publication opportunities.
  • Read more about working at the University of Antwerp here. More information about the research group can be found at the Centre for Demography, Family and Health.

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp's online application platform until 21 September 2023. Click the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments: your cover letter, your CV, a reference person, a copy of your doctoral degree.
  • The selection committee will review all applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. Once a decision has been made, we will notify you and inform you of the next steps in the selection procedure.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions or email For substantive questions about the position, please contact Prof Dr Edwin Wouters ( or Prof Josefien van Olmen (