Looking for a combination between scientific research and teaching?

POSTDOC – Item Response Theory for the measurement of health outcomes

  • 14-36 hours
  • Salary: 2750 to 4361 euro
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Your challenge
EpidM and the research line ‘Measurement’ are looking for a postdoc who will develop and teach a course in Item Response Theory (IRT) for the measurement of health outcomes. Topics of the course will include the basic principles of IRT versus Classical Test Theory, IRT models and analyses, Differential Item Functioning, Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT), and (longitudinal) IRT analyses of epidemiological data.

In addition to developing and teaching the IRT course, the postdoc will collaborate with researchers in and outside of the ‘Measurement’ group, on the validation and implementation of the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS), an international, innovative measurement system for measuring generic aspects of self-reported health, consisting of IRT-based item banks that are being used as short forms and CATs. We collaborate with a large number of clinical and research departments in the Netherlands and Flanders to validate and implement PROMIS in the Netherlands and Flanders.

The tasks of the postdoc will be to develop and teach the EpidM IRT course, perform and publish psychometric studies on existing PROMIS data, optimize psychometric analysis methods, and support other researchers with psychometric analyses. Writing grant proposals for new psychometric research is also an option.

Your profile
We are looking for a postdoc with expertise and experience in using IRT analyses for measuring health outcomes. In addition you have:

  • Relevant biomedical Master degree;
  • PhD on a relevant topic for this position;
  • Psychometric knowledge of and experience with IRT analyses;
  • Interest in teaching and developing educational materials;
  • Taking initiative and ability to work independently.

Your work environment
The department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the VU University Medical Center aims to initiate, support, and perform excellent scientific research, in and for benefit of the priorities of VUmc. One of our six research lines is ‘Measurement’. This group strives to improve outcome measurement through methodological and applied research, consultation and education. We aim to measure outcomes that are most meaningful to patients, standardize outcomes and measurement instruments across studies and clinical practices and help researchers and clinicians select the most valid, reliable, and feasible outcome measurement instrument for their purpose.
Our department also aims to educate (future) clinicians and researchers in the field of epidemiology and biostatistics. The EpidM programme of our department includes a Master’s Programme in Epidemiology, ongoing additional training courses in epidemiological and advanced statistical methods, and international Winter Courses.

We offer
Salary Scale 10: 2750 tot 4361 euro gross when employed full-time (depending on qualifications and experience).

In addition we give a bonus of 8,3% of the year’s salary at the end of the year and 8% of the year’s salary as holiday bonus. VUmc employees can profit from a advantageous health care insurance and other benefits. The postdoc can benefit from the large (inter)national network of the Measurement group for future career opportunities. For more information see our website.

For Dutch citizens it is mandatory to provide a VOG (a declaration of good behaviour).

Additional information
The hours are negotiable with each other.

Don’t hesitate to call us!
If you’re interested about this position, you can contact Dr. Caroline Terwee, via telephone number 020-444 4474.
If you need more information about the application procedure, contact Brend de Jong, corporate recruiter at 020-444 5635.

You can apply till 3 February 2019 by using this link.

Acquisition based on this vacancy is not appreciated.

Keywords: Vacancy, Research, Education, PhD, Biomedical sciences, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland