Netherlands: PhD student ‘Healthy Ageing Among Older Community-Dwelling Immigrants at Erasmus University Rotterdam

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Job description

The number of older people is rising rapidly; in the Netherlands, it is expected to increase more among immigrants than among natives. Poor health, chronic diseases, and functional limitations are much more prevalent among these immigrant populations than among natives. Sociocultural differences make it especially difficult for healthcare organisations to reach older immigrants effectively. Immigrant-sensitive healthcare interventions are needed, requiring insight into underlying sociocultural mechanisms explaining differences in health and health behaviour between older natives and immigrants. To improve (preventive) healthcare delivery quality and effectiveness for older immigrants, and to deliver care tailored to their needs, research on the sociocultural mechanisms leading to their poorer health and health behaviours is needed. Therefore, Prof.dr Anna Nieboer, Dr. Jane Cramm and Dr. Marleen Foets from the Socio-Medical Sciences (SMW) group within the institute of Health Policy and Management (iBMG) study the interplay between the influences of perceptions of ageing and the social environment on health and health behaviours among older Dutch natives and immigrants.

In 2014 pilot studies (focus groups and quantitative research) will be conducted among older natives, Turks, Surinamese, and Moroccans in the Netherlands. Using the national population register, a sample of Dutch, Turks, Surinamese, Moroccans independently living older adults (age > 70 years) residing in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, and The Hague will be identified for inclusion in our study. These people will be surveyed in 2015 and 2016.

For this study, we are searching for a PhD student. As a PhD student you contribute to literature review, gathering and analysing data. In addition, you will be involved in teaching activities within the bachelor Health, Policy & Management and in the master Health Care Management.


The successful applicant for this position is expected to have a master’s degree in a relevant field, such as Health Sciences or other humanities like sociology. Furthermore, he or she should have good writing skills in Dutch and English and a strong motivation for doing scholarly research in the field of health care. We prefer candidates with great skills and hands-on experience with doing empirical research, quantitative research methods and data analysis. A firm grasp of Dutch is required.

Conditions of employment

A PhD student will initially receive a temporary contract for 1.5 years in order to assess his compatibility. When you prove to be an asset, you will receive a second temporary contract for 2.5 years. Remuneration will be in accordance with the PhD scale set by the CAO NU. Fulltime work will pay € 2.042.- before taxes in the first year, going up to € 2.612.- in the fourth and final year. In addition, there’s a set end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and there are generous opportunities for taking time off. Fulltime is considered to be 38 hours per week.

Contract type: Temporary,


Erasmus University Rotterdam

The expertise of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is concentrated in the fields of  Business Administration,  Economics, Medicine and Health Sciences, Law, Social Sciences, History, Culture and Communication, and Philosophy. In addition to the initial degree programmes and scientific research, the University offers specific postgraduate study programmes and courses. Erasmus University has around 25,000 students and some 2,500 staff members.


The Institute of Health Policy & Management (iBMG)

The Institute of Health Policy & Management (iBMG) is part of the Erasmus University Rotterdam and linked with Erasmus MC and is responsible for several education programmes on policy and management in health care, which serve 750 students. In addition, research is being done on three major research themes: ‘competition and regulation in health care’, ‘quality and efficiency in health care’ and ‘health care management’. iBMG has about 175 employees

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