Netherlands: PostDoc Position on Multimodal Screening, Monitoring and Prevention of Frailty at University of Twente (UT)

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Job description:

Demographic ageing is a global trend. Among older adults, frailty is highly prevalent and constitutes a major health problem. Frail individuals are vulnerable and at high risk of adverse health outcomes and people affected by frailty make the most use of community resources, hospitals and long-term care institutions. Early screening for risk on frailty and functional decline and training of those who start to deploy frail conditions is key to successful prevention. The European project PERSSILAA aims to develop and validate a new service model for older people, to screen for and prevent frailty. This multimodal service model, focusing on nutrition, physical and cognitive function, is supported by an interoperable ICT service infrastructure, utilising intelligent decision support systems and gamification. PERSSILA, offered to older adults (> 65 years) through local community service, will be seamlessly integrated with health care services.

PERSSILAA is coordinated by University of Twente (UT) and performed in collaboration with other universities, companies and health care institutes in the Netherlands (Roessingh Research and Development), Spain (University Politechnico Madrid and Guttmann Neurorehabilitation Institute), Portugal (University of Lisbon) , Italy (Nexera and University Hospital FEDERICO II Naples) and Ireland (University of Cork). The open position is within this research project at the UT in the research group of BSS/Telemedicine. The Telemedicine Group investigates and develops smart, end-to-end systems for remote monitoring and remotely supervised treatment of patients with chronic conditions. We investigate the design, prototyping and validation of such systems in close collaboration with the stakeholders, including the underlying architecture, sensing and feedback concepts and technology, the mobile service platforms, autonomic (sub)systems and intelligent clinical decision support. The candidate is expected to support in supervision of PhD students, to strengthen our research profile in this area, to support the coordinator with the management of the project and to contribute to future project proposals.


The successful applicant has completed a doctoral degree in human movement science, health science, biomedical engineering, computer science or in a closely related discipline. He/she is highly motivated and enthusiastic, features an active attitude, excellent communication and collaborative skills and extensive project management experience within a multidisciplinary consortium. The applicant has proven affinity for the interplay between beta and gamma sciences and is interested in the field of Telemedicine.
Candidates are invited to send their application, before October 1st, 2013, using the link below. Please include the following attachments in your application as a *single* PDF file:
CV (including a list of grades and at least two references)
A cover letter, emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications and motivation to apply for this position.

Conditions of employment:

The assignment is for a time-limited 3 years, with a go/no-go assessment at the end of the first year. The position will be carried out in Enschede. In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, the gross monthly salary will range from € 2919 gross per month depending on relevant years of research experience . Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus and a number of additional benefits.


The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over six faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) comprises three disciplines that shape Information and Communication Technology. ICT is more than communication. In almost every product we use mathematics, electronics and computer technology and ICT now contributes to all of societies’ activities. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. The research which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes MESA+, CTIT and MIRA.

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