PhD position in sociology of medical technology

Job description

We are recruiting a PhD candidate for a project on the implications of new medical technologies in hospitals, in particular imaging and big data for life, medical instruments for diagnosis and treatment and personalised, precision and regenerative medicine. The development of medical technology is intertwined with the development of the delivery of health services.  Medical technologies affect – for example- the organisation of care delivery. The other way around, current organisational practices affect the possibilities and limitations of technology use. More specifically your research will be about the implications of the use of new technologies for the role of professionals. The central question of the study will be: How do new medical technologies change the practical organisation of care delivery and visa versa?

To answer these questions, you will first perform a critical interpretative synthesis to develop the concepts to study the interaction between technology and organisational development. The core of your study will be a multiple case study. The case will be a Medical Delta program. You will join Medical Delta. This position enables you to quickly establish a broad network to do your research.

You will be based at the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management. Your supervisors are Prof. Antoinette de Bont and Prof. Romke van der Veen. We give guidance about opportunities to present your work in scientific articles and at conferences, to take courses, to arrange a research visit abroad, and to liaise with policymakers.

Finally, you will teach in the education programmes at Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (about 15% of your time).


You are expected to have a master degree in health science, sociology, innovation science, science & technology studies (STS) or another relevant master degree. The position requires advanced qualitative analytical skills. Therefore, you need to have experience with qualitative research. Moreover, you must have excellent English communication and writing skills. Since the cases you study will be in the Netherlands, sufficient reading ability in Dutch – or being willing to acquire this skill – is necessary.

Conditions of employment

We offer an appointment as PhD student for a period of 1.5 year, which will be extended with a second term of 2.5 years if the candidate performs well. Remuneration will be according to the PhD scales set by the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU), and will range from € 2.325 per month in the first year to € 2.972 per month in the fourth year (gross amounts, in case of fulltime employment). The EUR has attractive employment conditions, which include a holiday allowance of 8.0%, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and up to 41 days paid time off. Substantial tax benefits apply to non-Dutch citizens, conditional on permission granted by the Dutch Tax Office. Applicants should have the right to work in the Netherlands for the duration of the contract.

Fulltime is considered to be 38 hours per week.

The starting date will be determined together with the candidate.


Erasmus University Rotterdam

The Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), named after Rotterdam-born humanist and theologian Erasmus, is a research university with a strong international orientation and a pronounced social focus, both in its education and research activities. On the lively, modern campus, more than 28.000 students and scholars of more than 100 nationalities are constantly encouraged to develop their talents and meet their ambition. Our more than 2700 scientists and employees work together with all our students to solve challenges faced by global society, drawing their inspiration from the consistently dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. The academic education offered at our faculties is intensive, engaging and strongly focused on practical application. We increasingly perform our research in multidisciplinary teams, which are closely interwoven with international networks. In terms of research impact and the quality of its degree programmes, EUR can compete with the foremost universities in Europe, which is reflected in its consistent top-100 position in most major universities rankings. Erasmus University Rotterdam’s key values are daring, curiosity, social involvement, breaking new ground and striving for success. More information can be found on


Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)

Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) is part of Erasmus University Rotterdam and is responsible for a bachelor and four master programs on policy and management in healthcare, which serve 1000 students. In addition, research is being done on three major research themes: ‘competition and regulation in healthcare’, ‘quality and efficiency in healthcare’ and ‘healthcare management’. ESHPM has about 175 employees. The position offered is within the Health Economics group.

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioral sciences (ESSB)
ESSB is home to a vast diversity of study programmes and scientific disciplines: Public Administration, Pedagogical Sciences, Psychology and Sociology. In addition, the Erasmus University College, IHS, and two research institutes RISBO and DRIFT are linked to the faculty. Being connected to the professional field is another characteristic of our study programmes.

Additional information

For further inquiries, you may contact Antoinette de Bont at

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