Wednesday, 27 April 2016

PhD Student Investigating the potential of nuts and peanuts for cancer prevention.

Specifications - (explanation)

Function typesPhD positions
Scientific fieldsHealth
Hours 36.0 - 40.0 hours per week
Salary € 2174 - € 2779
EducationUniversity Graduate
Job number AT2016.23
About employer Maastricht University (UM)
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Job description

The project is part of the Netherlands Cohort Study (NLCS) that is being conducted by Maastricht University. At baseline of the study in 1986, more than 120,000 men and women aged 55-69 years completed an extensive questionnaire on diet, lifestyle and other risk factors for cancer. Incident cases of cancer in the cohort are identified by annual computerised record linkage with cancer registries and the Dutch pathology registry. In the framework of the NLCS various studies are being conducted and there is extensive international collaboration with other large prospective cohort studies on cancer.

You will conduct the epidemiological investigation on the relationship between intake of nuts and peanuts and risk of various  cancer types, resulting in a PhD thesis and degree. In collaboration with administrative assistants, you will take care of the cleaning of the questionnaire data and the data management of this project. You will conduct data-analyses regarding the association of nut intake and risk of various cancers, and on analyses with molecular subtypes of colorectal cancer. You will interpret these data and describe the results in scientific articles and a PhD thesis.


In order to qualify for a PhD position the candidate must have successfully completed a Master degree in epidemiology, health sciences, human nutrition, molecular life sciences, medical biology or medicine. The candidate must have affinity with epidemiological research (e.g. registered as epidemiologist A), and interest in nutrition. Candidates must have a very good competence in written and spoken English.

Conditions of employment

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website, employees, A-Z
Temporary employment for 4 years.
Your salary would be € 2.174,- gross per month in the first year up to € 2.779,- gross per month in the fourth year according to the PhD-student salary scale.
Each year an evaluation will take place.
Contract type: Temporary, 4 years

Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 16,000 students and 4,000 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.


School CAPHRI, department Epidemiology
CAPHRI is a knowledge organisation that is centred around research and education in health care and public health. The ultimate goal of CAPHRI is to improve the population’s health. Therefore, CAPHRI invests in the improvement and innovation of the entire chain of care, ranging from prevention and primary care to aftercare and palliative care. CAPHRI uses social relevance as its starting point and aims to directly influence the guidelines and standards within the present health care system and public health. CAPHRI maintains close ties with the health practice.
The mission of the Department of Epidemiology of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, is to improve human health and well-being through epidemiologic research and teaching. Our research and teaching aims to expand the knowledge base for evidence-based public health and medicine.

Additional information

For more information: Prof.dr. P.A. van den Brandt, tel. +31(0)43 3882361 or +31(0)43 3882374