Fulltime Phd position in Patient Engagement Through Virtual Reality

The Faculty of Behavioral, Management, and Social Sciences (BMS), University of Twente welcomes applications for a full-time Phd position in Patient Engagement Through Virtual Reality.

Development of eHealth monitoring and coaching systems starts with including participants’ needs and wishes to determine the scope and acceptance of technology. However, this is limited to the needs and wishes that people are currently able to imagine. By letting participants experiment with future-self perceptions in virtual reality, high engagement can be created for personalized lifestyle recommendations. They will identify preferences regarding the role of the sensor system for future daily living in a more vivid and valid way than traditional methods. With this approach, they will contribute to developing monitoring and coaching systems that facilitate meaningful behavior change in high-risk populations. 

With the work package team, the Candidate will investigate with a mixed methods approach: immersive patient engagement that includes not only cognitive but also emotional and behavioral components; the role of future self approaches for lifestyle-related behavior change. They will conduct experimental research with people with cancer and/or obesity through personalized and adaptive VR.


  • The gross monthly salary starts at €2,541 in the first year and amounts to €3,247 in the fourth year of your employment.
  • In addition, the University of Twente has a holiday allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
  • Excellent facilities for professional and personal development
  • A training programme in which students and their supervisors draw up a plan for training and supervision
  • As a PhD student, they will be enrolled at the Twente Graduate School
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Job Requirements

they seek applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • a Master’s degree or equivalent in psychology, health sciences or a related field
  • affinity with patient engagement and excellent communication skills to compassionately collaborate with people with vulnerable health
  • affinity with virtual reality and interest to assist VR developers with (minor) programming tasks (experience with Unity software is a pre)
  • independent thinking and critical analytical skills
  • affinity and/or experience with working in an interdisciplinary team, and learning from and collaborating with people from various backgrounds
  • affinity and/or experience with both qualitative and quantitative research and analysis (mixed methods is a pre)
  • ability to work within a complex, innovative, and creative research project
  • excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Dutch, in order to work in an international university and also collaborate with local research participants and other stakeholders

Application Process

All application should include the following documents:

  • Cover letter in which they describe their motivation, qualifications, and relevant experience for the position (max 1 page);
  • Curriculum vitae (including a list of publications if applicable);
  • Bachelor and Master grade transcripts;
  • Name and contact details of two references who worked closely with them.

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Deadline: August 06, 2023.

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