PhD position on the topic The Relationship between Health and Environment

University of Groningen
March 11, 2024
Offerd Salary:€ 2,770
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PhD position on the topic The Relationship between Health and Environment


Job description

Project description While the association of adverse environmental stressors with adverse population health outcomes is well documented, less is known about the variability in population health outcomes across communities with similar environmental stressors (e.g., the built environment but also the availability of green spaces and supply of unhealthy food). However, a limited, but emerging, literature is highlighting that such within-group differences are substantial and provide a potential ally for public health interventions that hitherto has remained underutilized by policy makers. These within-group differences in population health outcomes provide a natural indicator of the resilience of a community to environmental stressors.

The PhD project will establish the variation of NCD comorbidities for a given level of environmental stress and assess how this variation differs along different levels of the environmental stress index. In addition, it will employ cross-sectional and longitudinal econometrics and machine learning techniques to determine the relationship between environmental stressors and population health.

This project is part of a larger project ECOTIP financed by the NWO and led by the University of Leiden.

Supervision team The supervision team consists of Prof. Jochen O. Mierau, Dr Stefan Pichler and Dr Laura Viluma from the Department of Economics, Econometrics and Finance (Faculty of Economics and Business). The PhD candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Economics & Business.

Organisation Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the approximately 34.000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

Faculty of Economics and Business The Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) has an inspiring study and working environment for students and employees. International accreditation enables the Faculty to assess performance against the highest international standards. It also creates an exciting environment of continuous improvement. FEB's programmes, academic staff and research do well on various excellence ranking lists.


The PhD student is expected to:

• have a relevant Master's degree in economics, econometrics, or a comparable discipline • have strong quantitative research skills, including econometrics and machine learning • be proficient with different data analysis software (Stata, R, Python), or be willing to learn them • have an affinity with population health and health economics • be able to show perseverance, flexibility, project management, and collaboration skills • be fluent in English (both oral and written).

Organisation Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a starting salary of € 2,770 which increases yearly to a maximum of € 3,539 gross per month • based on the gross salary an additional 8% holiday allowance each year in May, and an additional 8.3 % end of year bonus in December • a temporary full-time appointment for a period of in principle four years, under the condition of a positive assessment at the end of the first year.


Do you meet our criteria? If yes, your application should include:

• motivation letter (including your interest in the topic) • your CV • a scan of your diploma including transcripts • proof of English proficiency • other relevant documents.

Documents 1-4 are compulsory and please note that incomplete application packages or applications sent by email will not be taken into account.

You may apply for this position until 10 March 11:59pm / before 11 March 2024 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage: https: // www. strategy/diversity-and-inclusion/

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): https: // www. and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers: https: //

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For information you can contact:

  • For general information on the application procedure please send an email to, febphdvacancies
  • Stefan Pichler (for information on the content), s.pichler
  • Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.

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