20 May 2020

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This doctoral research will mainly be carried out at the Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy of KULeuven. This is a multidisciplinary research institute and a "collaborating center" for the World Health Organization with international expertise in economics, law, ethics and healthcare policy.

There will be close collaboration with the Department of Data Analytics and Digitalization of Maastricht University, with the Department of Development and Regeneration (Biomedical Sciences) of KULeuven, and with the group Global Medical Affairs Fertility of Merck Healthcare KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany). This research will be supervised by Prof. Jeroen Luyten, Prof. Roselinde Kessels and Prof. Thomas D'Hooghe.

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The Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy recruits a doctoral student to investigate the economic basis for reimbursement of fertility treatments (eg IVF) by public health insurance. In this project we want to investigate whether infertility is a 'health' problem, how large the impact of infertility is on quality of life, what the role of cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses is and how much resource society should invest in fertility treatments. To help answer these questions, we will develop a 'Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis' model based on discrete choice experiments in the general population and populations of subfertile couples.


We are looking for:

• an ambitious, intellectually motivated doctoral candidate,

• who is interested in both health economics and fertility,

• who is strong in both qualitative and quantitative scientific research,

• who is proactive and able to work independently in a multidisciplinary context,

• who graduated with (at least) distinction with a university master's degree,

• who preferably has a master's degree in economics (or related social science disciplines),

• but profiles from other disciplines (eg gynecology with specialization in reproductive medicine and interest in a doctorate focused on social and health economic research) may certainly also be suitable.


• A full-time position, initially for 1 year but extendable to 4 years after positive evaluation.

• A monthly grant of +/- 2000 € net (depending on family situation and work experience).

• A challenging and exciting working environment at the most innovative university in Europe.

• An international network for collaboration with Maastricht University, the London School of Economics, Yale University and fertility specialists from the pharmaceutical industry.

• Possibilities to teach.

• An office between other doctoral students at the Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy.

• A budget for a computer, training and participation in international conferences.

• Various opportunities for professional development (KULeuven Career Center, a wide range of specific courses, etc.).
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