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PhD position in “Governance in the process of merging two Academic Hospitals”

Apply before: 19 March 2021
Working time: Day
Working hours: 36 hours per week
Discipline: AMC Medical Research (AMR)

What you are going to do

Despite the popularity of mergers in the healthcare sector, the failure rates of successfully integrating hospitals are high. Research on the impact of big changes in the organizational structure and/or mergers is scarcely researched and often lacks control groups which makes it difficult to prove causal relationships. Amsterdam UMC wants to attribute to the understanding of mergers in healthcare by researching the effect of managerial and organizational characteristics on the integration process.

Hospital staff job satisfaction has been positively correlated with patients’ experience and quality indicators in relation to quality of care. Organizational changes and mergers are known to correlate  negatively with job satisfaction. Amsterdam UMC aims to deepen the knowledge of mergers in the healthcare sector by proving causal relationships between human and governance factors and the outcomes of the integration process.

The merger of Amsterdam UMC is unique in it’s kind. The size of the academic medical center and the process of continuous integration makes it possible to conduct research on these topics by using control groups (divisions of medical units that are not yet part of a “wave”). The findings of this study could potentially help hospital managers internationally provide better support to their staff through the process of mergers.

The PhD-student will be responsible for running the research. The student will work together with another PhD-students that will conduct research on impact of mergers of hospitals on human resources. In addition to the research, the PhD student will be responsible for writing reports and scientific articles, and will be participating in national and international scientific meetings. As a student in the AMC graduate school the PhD student will have access to further training and development. We offer a challenging learning environment in a young team. The PhD student will have significant interaction with the other PhD students of our research group. The research is funded by the Amsterdam UMC.

What we expect from you

  • Medical degree or nursing degree (previous research experience is a strong advantage)
  • affinity with healthcare management, governance in hospitals, (quantitative) research 
  • excellent organizational skills
  • knowledge of SPSS/ MS Excel. R data processing skills are an advantage
  • fluent in Dutch and English (written and spoken)
  • effective team-player in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • an enterprising mindset
  • capable to work diligently and independently with a good share of enthusiasm
  • previous ANIOS experience is an advantage

Where you are going to work

The Academic Medical Center (AMC) and the VU University Medical Center (VUmc) have joined forces through an administrative merger since the 7th of June 2018. Since this moment, they operate under the name of Amsterdam UMC. The merger enables both university medical centers to further develop their core business together: complex patient care, scientific research and education. The result of this process will be an even higher quality of patient care for present and future generations.

Since the merger, Amsterdam UMC has started a process of continuous integration. This takes shape by clustering care and research to specific patient groups in one of the two location. Several transitions have already taken place in clustered transitions (so called “waves”) and others are scheduled for the upcoming years.

Currently, we are looking for a motivated and creative candidate for a PhD position for conducting research on governance and organizational structure in the merging process and it’s measurable and quantitative effects on quality of care.

What we offer you

We offer you ample opportunity for development, deepening and broadening, additional training and a place to grow! Working at AMR means working in an inspiring and professional environment where development is encouraged in every respect.

• The maximum gross monthly salary based on a 36-hour work week is between € 2.911,- and € 4.615,- (scale 10 CAO UMC)
• The base salary does not include holiday pay (8%) and a year-end bonus (8.3%).
• We offer a contract for 4 years.
• In addition to excellent accessibility by public transport, AMC also has a sufficient number of parking spaces for employees.
• Pension is accrued at Be Frank.

For an overview of all our other terms of employment, see https://werkenbijamc.nl/arbeidsvoorwaarden-amr/

Amsterdam UMC has an open culture. Together we continuously build an environment where everyone feels welcome. To achieve that, we strive to provide equal opportunities for everyone. We therefore cordially invite all interested parties to respond to this vacancy.

Let’s meet

If you would like to apply directly, please use the ‘apply’ button on this page.
If you would like more information, please feel free to contact Prof. dr. Alexander Vlaar (Intensivist), a.p.vlaar@amsterdamumc.nl or Prof. dr. Joost Wiersinga (Professor of Internal Medicine), via w.j.wiersinga@amsterdamumc.nl. 

Please submit your application, curriculum vitae which includes course work and grades, publication list, statement of interest(s), and the names and contact information of maximum 3 references. The first round of interviews will be held in the 3rd and 4th week of March. 

We look forward to meeting you!

A screening may be part of the selection procedure. This requires access to DigiD.