PhD Position: Health Effects of Night Shift Work, Netherlands (Full-Time)

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University Invites applications for a Ph.D. Position to conduct research in ‘Health effects of night shift work, Netherlands’.

This project will lay the groundwork for evidence-based prevention of workers’ health risks using large-scale data approaches. This Ph.D. project will focus on collecting individual-level data among shift workers. The Dutch data sources within the EPHOR framework are the Nightingale prospective cohort study among (former) nurses and the cross-sectional Klokwerk study. With these data, Utrecht aims to assess how shift work may affect key body functions and age in relation to the development of non-communicable diseases.


As a Ph.D. student, candidates will design an epidemiological study, collect data, and conduct statistical analyses.

They will publish the findings as papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. These papers will form the basis of their Ph.D. thesis.

  • a salary ranges between €2,395 and €3,061,
  • holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year.
  • an attractive retirement scheme,
  • (partly paid) parental leave, and
  • flexible employment conditions.
Job Requirements

Candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Have a Master’s degree in epidemiology, biomedical science, environmental science, or a related discipline and
  • Has a strong interest in epidemiology, environment, and health.
  • Should be a motivated and collaborative team member, communicative and resourceful, open for collaboration across scientific fields, and has the ambition to contribute to scientific progress as well as to perform socially relevant research.
  • The candidate should be able to work independently and have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
Application Process

Everyone deserves to feel at home at Utrecht University. They welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

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Written applications should address each of the criteria mentioned under Qualifications, and include the following documents:

  • a cover letter;
  • a curriculum vitae, and;
  • one or two-course evaluations.

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Application Deadline: January 15, 2021.

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