Recruitment for PhD positions in the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie MSCA-ETN project HealthPros

Number of available PhD positions: 13

Career stage: Early stage researchers (ESR)

Keywords: performance intelligence; health data; healthcare performance measurement, governance & performance intelligence use; health outcomes; cost-efficiency; quality of care; integrated care; inequality; patient engagement

Key dates

  • 09 January 2018: Start of recruitment process.
  • 31 March 2018: Deadline for on-line application for ESR positions (
  • April 2018: Evaluation of CVs and initial Skype interviews.
  • 30 April 2018: Communication list preselected candidates for personal interviews.
  • May - September 2018: Hiring of selected HealthPros ESRs.


We look for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) with a master degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. social sciences, psychology, public administration, health economics, health services research, political sciences, health policy and management, biostatistics, clinical epidemiology, medicine, information sciences and communication) and who are interested in combining qualitative and quantitative research methods. The recruitment process comprises four stages:

  1. Candidates applied for a position using an online application form. The candidate submits a CV preferably using the Europass template. The HealthPros Project Manager provides a first screen of the written applications to check eligibility of the candidate, and forwards the eligible applications to the respective principal investigator (PI) of the position the candidate is applying for. The coordinator advises the PIs but also the ESRs who applied for a specific position e.g., with regards to  other/more suitable positions within HealthPros. Each PI will have a local selection committee (consisting of the PI, an associate HealthPros researcher and a HR professional or a PI not related to the project) reviewing CVs for their ESR positions and will propose to the Network Management Committee (consisting of all HealthPros PIs) 3-5 potentially top-profile candidates to be interviewed.
  1. A first pre-selection interview round is performed by representatives of the Network Management Committee (including at least one PI the ESR will directly work with, one independent PI) and a representative of at least one organisation where the ESR will be seconded to, by video conference(e.g. SKYPE) with the top-profile candidates per position. Each invited candidate will be asked to prepare a short essay on an assignment provided by the coordinator and a presentation on this.
  2. Based on the first interview round, face-to-face interviews with 2-3 potential candidates for each ESR position will take place at the location of the recruiting organisation (by their selection committee), on the basis of which a final decision will be taken by the local committee. They will communicate their decision to the Network Management Committee. Expenses made by the candidate for traveling and hotel will be reimbursed by the local organisation.

The Network Management Committee comprises of prof. dr. Niek Klazinga (chair), Dr. Dionne Kringos (co-coordinator), Dr. Laurian Jongejan (Project Manager), Fabrizio Carinci, dr. Oliver Groene, prof. dr. László Gulácsi, prof. dr. Simon de Lusignan, prof. dr. Jan Mainz, prof. dr. Sabina Nuti.

Representatives of the secondment organisations include: to be determined (RIVM, the Netherlands), Dr. Søren Paaske Johnsen (Aarhus University, Denmark), Prof. Dr. Jonas Schreyögg (Hamburg Center for Health Economics, Germany), Dr. Deborah Wake (University of Dundee, UK), Prof. Dr.S. de Lusignan (The Royal College of General Practitioners and Surveillance Centre, UK), Dr Marina Davoli (Department of Epidemiology Lazio Regional Health Service ASLRM-E, Italy), Kathleen Morris (Canadian Institute for Health Information, Canada), Rhonda Cockerill (University of Toronto, Canada), Erika Schaub (Generali Insurance Company, Hungary), Prof. Dr. Joachim Szecsenyi (AQUA Institute- Institute for Applied Quality Improvement and Research in Health Care, Germany), Luciano Ciucci (Fondazione Toscana Gabriele Monasterio, Italy).

HealthPros organisations act in line with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. HealthPros intends to hire an equal number of male and female ESRs.

Applicants need to fully respect three eligibility criteria

Early-stage researchers (ESR) must, at the date of recruitment by the PI, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained a master degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the HealthPros research training is provided.

Conditions of international mobility of researchers: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

English language: candidates must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training. Information about TOEFL can be found here .


In HealthPros, each recruited researcher will be seconded to the organisations of two or more of the partners for a duration of several weeks/months up to 30% of his/her recruitment period. Normal practice during secondments is for the researchers to keep their contract with the sending organisation, which also pays the travel and subsistence expenses (e.g. accommodation). During their secondment, researchers receive supervision and training at the premises of the receiving organisation. Secondments are differentiated from short visits, i.e. of a few days. Secondments are mandatory. If you apply for one of the positions then you agree that you will be seconded to other organisations during your contract. 

Contract, benefits and salary

Each candidate that is hired will be based at the premises of the principal investigator where they applied.

All positions comprise research and training to acquire a PhD.

The duration of HealthPros is limited to 48 months starting from 1 January 2018. The duration of the contract will be 3 years except for ESRs hired by the AMC (Amsterdam) which will be offered a 4-year contract due to the PhD system in the Netherlands.  

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) programme offers competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. The successful candidates will receive a gross salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers. Exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment [Living Allowance (37.320 euro/year * a correction factor to be applied per country) + Monthly mobility allowance (600 euro)]. A family allowance of €500 per month will be paid should the researcher have family, regardless of whether the family will move with the researcher or not. In this context, family is defined as persons linked to the researcher by (i) marriage, or (ii) a relationship with equivalent status to a marriage recognised by the national or relevant regional legislation of the country where this relationship was formalised; or (iii) dependent children who are actually being maintained by the researcher. The family status of a researcher will be determined at the date of their (first) recruitment in the action and will not evolve during the action lifetime.

The final amount will not change in case of secondments to another organisation. The contracts include social security coverage providing at least sickness and parental benefits, invalidity and accidents at work and occupational diseases, covering the researcher in every place of implementation of HealthPros activities. As these will be paid by the employer and depend on country-specific regulations, the final net salary that each ESR will receive may differ. In the case of secondments to other beneficiaries or partner organisations, the social security provision will also cover the researchers during these periods.

In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences.

Online Recruitment Procedure

All applications proceeded through the online application form on this website. Candidates applied electronically for one to maximum three positions and indicate their preference. Candidates provided all requested information including a detailed CV (preferably using the Europass template), a motivation letter, grades and optionally one or two reference letters. During registration, applicants needed to prove that they are eligible (three aspects: respect ESR definition, mobility criteria, English language proficiency).

Further information

The EURAXESS website may provide usefull information (e.g., visa). More information about Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions can be found here. For other questions you can contact Dr. Laurian Jongejan (Project Manager).