PhD | Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN Fellowship ‘Evidence-based co-creation with youth’

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Your challenge

Co-creation emerges from the participatory research paradigm as a promising strategy to increase the effectiveness and impact of health promotion and to address public health “complex” problems (such as the obesity epidemic) which are particularly resistant to resolutions, specifically in underserved populations. Such problems require stakeholders from all the nodes of the so-called Quadruple Helix (academia, industry, government and users) to engage in the co-creation of sustainable solutions. To ensure that co-creation is trustworthy, equitable, and improves the quality of research towards effective solutions to complex public health problems, systematic methodological research, training, and protocols for co-creation are needed. The Health CASCADE project, a project financed out of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Programme of the European Commission, aims to foster the next generation of highly-trained research leaders in all aspects of evidence-based co-creation methodology to tackle the complexity of modern global health problems. For more information see

As one of two PhD students in the project ‘Evidence-based co-creation of the urban environment together with youth’, your challenge is to apply evidence-based methodology to co-create activity-friendly environments together with youth, urban planners, and other relevant stakeholders in the community and to evaluate the process of co-creating activity-friendly environments together with youth. You will also collaborate with the other PhD students in the Health CASCADE project’.

Your specific responsibilities will be to:

  • Facilitate meetings with youth in the community to co-create activity-friendly environments;
  • Develop a protocol for process evaluation of the co-creation project;
  • Conduct a process evaluation of the co-creation project;
  • Develop a toolbox for evidence-based methodology to co-create activity-friendly environments together with youth in the community;
  • Report on findings by publishing scientific articles;
  • Present findings at (inter)national meetings/conferences;
  • Write a PhD thesis;
  • Contribute to educational activities of the department and within the consortium.

Your profile

We are looking for an ambitious PhD candidate who has the ambition to make a difference, both scientifically and locally, with the following requirements:

  • Master’s degree in global health, anthropology, human movement sciences, urban design/planning, sociology, health sciences or related discipline;
  • Less than 4 years working experience since receiving the Master’s degree;
  • Lived/studied/worked less than 12 months in the Netherlands in the past 3 years;
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary setting;
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills;
  • Excellent people skills;
  • Fluent in Dutch and English (written and verbal);
  • Experience in participatory (action) research is a plus;
  • Affinity with youth and health;
  • Affinity with urban design.

Your work environment

You will be hosted at the Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc, Department of Public and Occupational Health, in the research group Child and Adolescent Public Health (led by Prof. Dr. Mai Chin A Paw).
For more information see and

As part of the project you will go on secondments to:

  • Gain knowledge and share expertise on co-creation theory (at Sciensano (Belgium) and Alexander Foundation (The Netherlands);
  • Share experiences on co-creation process evaluation (at Ghent University (Belgium)).

Working at Amsterdam UMC means working in an inspiring and professional environment in which developing one`s talents and skills is encouraged. We offer you ample opportunity for development, deepening and broadening of knowledge and skills, additional training, and a place to grow!

We offer

Salary Scale PHD: 2495 tot 3196 euro gross when employed full-time (depending on qualifications and experience).

The monthly wage will increase yearly to the maximum wage in the fourth year of EUR 3.196 gross per month.

In addition we offer:
– Additional benefits include an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday pay;
– The opportunity to follow further training and development;
– Pension is accrued at the ABP. VUmc contributes a large part of the premium (70%);
– In addition to excellent accessibility by public transport, we reimburse 75% of your OV travel costs (commuting costs);

  • Scientific advice from internationally recognised experts;
  • Access to a broad network of innovative enterprises and organisations.

We offer an initial contract for 12 months that may be extended (after evaluation) for another 36 months.

Fellows will also benefit from a living allowance, a mobility allowance, and a family allowance (if already married). The mobility and family allowances are fixed amounts, regardless of the country of recruitment, and may be taxable depending on the country in which the researcher is recruited. Successful applicants are eligible for parental leave in keeping with Amsterdam UMC standard employment policy.
For more information on the Marie Sklodowska-Curie programme see here.

If you don’t have the nationality of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, you need a residence permit in the Netherlands. We will help you with the application for this. You can find information on the general conditions here: general conditions.

For more information about our employment conditions, please visit our website.

Information and application

Don’t hesitate to call us!
If you’re interested about this position, you can contact Dr. Teatske Altenburg or Prof.Dr. Mai Chin A Paw, via telephone number contactinformatie .
If you need more information about the application procedure, contact Brend de Jong, corporate recruiter at contactinformatie .

You can apply till 5 April 2021 by using the apply button.

Acquisition based on this vacancy is not appreciated.

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