PhD Student

Last application date
Jan 20, 2023 00:00
GE39 - Department of Public Health and Primary Care
Limited duration
Master of Science (preferably Master in one of the following disciplines: Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Nursing, Health Sciences,...). Other disciplines and final-year students are may also apply.
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

You conduct research within the Horizon Europe-funded EU NAVIGATE project. This international and interdisciplinary project aims to evaluate how to improve the quality of life of older people with cancer and their caregivers living at home by implementing a new care navigation model. Based on a successful Canadian intervention, older adults with cancer and their caregivers will be supported by a navigator in accessing the right care and support throughout their care journey. We aim to specifically target vulnerable groups.

  • You will assist in developing and evaluating this new care model in Flanders, supervised by a team of experienced and passionate senior researchers and clinicians.
  • You will be part of an international consortium with researchers from six different European countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, and Italy) and Canada.
  • As part of your Ph.D., you will write a series of scientific articles and present your research at (inter)national consortium meetings and conferences.

This research trajectory consists (tentatively) of a literature review, development, and testing of the navigation intervention and training courses together with the original developers of the intervention from Canada, the international EU NAVIGATE consortium, and a stakeholder group in Flanders, qualitative research (interviews, and stakeholder workshops) and quantitative research, data analysis, and reporting.


  • Full-time doctoral scholarship for the duration of 4 years, subject to favorable annual evaluation
  • The opportunity to participate in an innovative European research project, funded by Horizon Europe, and to be part of a large international consortium
  • The opportunity to obtain a joint PhD at Ghent University and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Main promoters Prof Chambaere, Prof Van den Block)
  • Close supervision of the scientific work by experienced senior researchers and regular consultation with an expert project group consisting of professors and other experts within  outside the research group
  • A pleasant workplace with a collegial atmosphere, and many other early-stage PhD researchers
  • You will receive a monthly salary, in accordance with the salary scale
  • You get several other benefits such as:
    • Computer/laptop and all necessary software to carry out your research
    • Maximum contribution to travel costs by public transport (train, bus, tram and bus or bicycle), depending on place of residence
    • Hospitalization insurance (including guaranteed income)
    • 36 days of leave per year
    • Affordable use of sports facilities and budget-friendly meals on campus
    • Eco vouchers
    • Frequent offer of specialized workshops for researchers to advance your academic and transferrable skills (e.g. Scientific Writing, Science Communication, Project Management, Presentation Skills, Media Presence,…)

March 2023 the latest (specific date negotiable)


Your primary place of employment will be at Ghent University (Campus UZ Gent, building K3, Corneel Heymanslaan 10, 9000 Gent).

The End-of-Life Care Research Group is an alliance group with offices at both Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Campus Jette, building K, Laarbeeklaan 103, 1090 Jette) and Ghent University. You will be asked to regularly engage in frequent meetings and be physically present at both campuses.

The data will be collected in several regions throughout Flanders.

Job profile

You are a passionate person with:

  • A strong desire to conduct a PhD
  • High proficiency in Dutch (this is important as all intervention activities and data collection will be in Dutch)
  • A Master of Science (preferably a Master in one of the following disciplines: Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Nursing, Health Sciences, ...). Other disciplines and final-year students may also apply.
  • An enthusiastic and flexible attitude
  • An analytical mind and a critical attitude to scientifically assess research data
  • Knowledge and/or experience concerning qualitative and/or quantitative research methods
  • Knowledge, experience, or interest in learning to work with analytical software (e.g. SPSS, STATA, SAS or R; or NVIVO, Atlas.ti)
  • Good written and oral communication in (academic) English

How to apply

Send your motivation letter (English) and CV (Dutch or English, with an indication of degrees obtained) before 20 January to

After a favorable evaluation of your CV and motivation letter, you will be invited for a written test and an interview (2hrs). This will take place in January & February 2023 in Ghent or Brussels.