PhD Student - Department of Human Structure and Repair
Ghent University

PhD Student - Department of Human Structure and Repair

Belgium 17 Jul 2021


L'université de Gand, en abrégé UGent, anciennement Rijksuniversiteit Gent (université d’État de Gand,

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Last application date: Jul 17, 2021 00:00

Department: GE38 - Department of Human Structure and Repair

Contract: Limited duration

Degree: Master in medicine/Medical degree; postgraduate training (in progress or completed) in radiation oncology. Desirable: Masters Degree (MSc) in health economics, public health or health care management.

Occupancy rate: 100%

Vacancy type: Research staff

Job description

The HERO project (Health Economics in Radiation Oncology) was initiated in 2011, on the demand of the ESTRO board, with the overall aim to develop a knowledge base and an economic model for radiotherapy at the level of the European countries.
It has been focusing on the availability of radiotherapy resources (equipment, personnel and the supporting recommendations) and needs for radiotherapy (in terms of patients requiring radiotherapy, hence treatments to be delivered).
It has developed a time-driven cost-accounting model, available as an online tool for radiation oncology societies and professionals, that can help in defining the cost and the resource needs of radiotherapy in a certain population to be served with radiotherapy. Moreover, reimbursement data have been collected across Europe, looking at the cost from a societal perspective.
ESTRO-HERO also collaborated in a project investigating the applicability of existing oncology value-scales to loco-regional cancer treatments, radiotherapy and surgery. It was concluded that the available tools are mainly focused in systemic cancer treatments, and are not easily transferable to the context of loco-regional cancer treatments such as radiotherapy.

Job profile

The Researcher engaged in the HERO-VBHC project will develop scientific outputs to support the development of a value-framework for radiation oncology.
The researcher will appraise the literature and work in close collaboration with methodological and clinical collaborators, to develop, test and validate the framework.

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How to apply

Application deadline: July 17th, 2021.

Job interviews: last week of July, 2021

Expected starting date: September 20th, 2021.

Job duration: 3 years.

Your application must include the following documents:

Please send your application to Prof. Yolande Lievens (, prof. Ajay Aggarwal (, and dr. Cristina Pintucci (

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