21 January 2020

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The Access-To-Medicines Research Centre is involved in high-level, transdisciplinary research on health system design, health system modeling (system dynamics, discrete event and agent based) and health supply chain management. The aim is to publish in international scientific journals on research topics inspired by real-life decision problems and challenges. This project is a collaboration between the Access-To-Medicines Research Centre and the Rega Institute of the KU Leuven.

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We are looking for a full-time PhD researcher (m/f) for scientific research on the topic 'Modeling the Impact of R&D decisions on the Downstream Immunization System’. The focus is on a systems approach applied to Yellow Fever and Rabies in the context of Kenya. This research should lead to a PhD-degree.

The research will be conducted as part of a research grant from the KU Leuven Research Fund co-promoted by Nico Vandaele and Kai Dallmeier under the supervision of Catherine Decouttere in close relationship with other researchers and industrial experts.
You are also expected to participate in workshops, seminars and conferences; to be internationally mobile from time to time and to enroll in the PhD program of the Faculty of Economics and Business. The candidate can be asked to give guidance to students (e.g. by supervising their master's thesis in the area) and to supervise exams. You will find a dynamic and pleasant working environment, in an international team that is actively involved in scientific research at the highest international level combined with substantial sense of relevance guaranteed the field footprint of the research team in Sub Saharan Africa.


Candidates should have a strong transdisciplinary interest in modeling health systems and preferably hold a Master's degree in Business Engineering, Biomedical Science, Medical Science, Bio-engineering, Civil Engineering.
An average degree of distinction or higher during preliminary studies is required as well as an appropriate command of written and spoken English. Transdisciplinary knowledge of a System Modelling/Thinking methodology and/or Geographical Information System technology is an asset, as well as experience in a high level modelling environment (e.g. AnyLogic). It is in the line of expectation that during the first year the candidate will apply for a competitive scholarship, so an excellent study trajectory is definitely a plus.
Students in their last year are especially encouraged to apply.


We offer an employment as full-time doctoral scholar as from now for 1 year, renewable till max. 4 years after positive evaluation.