PhD Candidate: Designing patient-in-the-loop personalization of cancer treatment with AI

1.0 FTE
Gross monthly salary
€ 2,770 - € 3,539
Required background
Research University Degree
Organizational unit
Faculty of Social Sciences
Application deadline

Would you like to design interactive tools for cancer patients to personalize their treatment? Are you interested in AI-based clinical decision support systems as part of the Personalized Care in Oncology (PersOn) project? And do you enjoy working in multidisciplinary and international teams? Then join us as a PhD Candidate at the Behavioral Science Institute in collaboration with TNO. 

The Behavioural Science Institute at Radboud University and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) seek a PhD candidate to join the PersOn project and collaborate with a team including artificial intelligence experts and healthcare experts. You will be the one to bring the patient perspective to the project, aiming to leverage data collection, reflection and personal preferences from modelling to treatment with the patient in the loop' of the decision support system.

Several PhD candidates at different universities in the Netherlands will collaborate in this project. Although they will work on related but different subprojects, a close collaboration between them is necessary for successful completion of the project. 

Your project will consist of:

  • Developing theory for an AI-based patient-in-the-loop system in clinical decision support.
  • Co-creating with patients, caregivers and stakeholders.
  • Designing and developing interactive tools targeting patients and caregivers.
  • Evaluating the tools.
  • Publishing your findings.
  • Collaborating with fellow PhD candidates and other researchers in the project.

If you are interested in this topic, please have a look at the project website. This project is closely related to another PhD project on interactive causal explanations for patient-centric personalised health. This PhD position comes with a 10% teaching load and the opportunity to work towards a University Teaching Qualification.


  • You should have a Master's degree in industrial design, health technology, human-centred interaction, computer science, artificial intelligence, or a related field. A Research Master's degree is a plus.
  • You have a strong background in user-centred design, and you are experienced in conducting user research, concept development and evaluation.
  • You have affinity with AI research and healthcare.
  • You possess excellent organisational and social skills.
  • You are willing to learn and think across disciplines.
  • You have good communication skills and are well able to communicate with your fellow peers, the research population, stakeholders, and societal partners.
  • You are collaborative and like to work in a team.
  • You have excellent English writing and presentation skills.
  • Proficiency in the Dutch language is a plus.
A description of the project is available upon request.

We are

The Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) is a multidisciplinary research institute and one of the three research institutes of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Radboud University.
Our researchers collaborate across the boundaries of psychology, pedagogical and educational sciences, and communication science. Our mission is to strengthen people through understanding the foundations of human behaviour, by creating synergy between different paradigms and by facilitating craftsmanship, curiosity and connection in academic research. 

BSI has seven research programmes covering three major research themes, namely human development, connection and health. BSI conducts fundamental as well as applied/translational research and has excellent facilities and support for lab and field research. Moreover, the institute is known for its successful graduate school and strong commitment to open science.

You will be a member of the BSI Graduate School, which offers a KNAW-accredited PhD programme training young behavioural science researchers. You will primarily be based at the Behavioural Science Institute at Radboud University. In addition, you will be based at TNO in Leiden or The Hague for 1 day per week.

Radboud University

We are keen to meet critical thinkers who want to look closer at what really matters. People who, from their expertise, wish to contribute to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This ambition unites more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University and requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

We offer

  • It concerns an employment for 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,770 per month based on a 38-hour working week, and will increase to €3,539 in the fourth year (salary scale P).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • You will be employed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract).
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.

Additional employment conditions

Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

Would you like more information?

For questions about the position, please contact Martijn Vastenburg, Assistant Professor at 06 24 27 34 46 or martijn.vastenburg [at] (martijn[dot]vastenburg[at]ru[dot]nl). Alternatively, you can contact Johan Kwisthout, Associate Professor at johan.kwisthout [at] (johan[dot]kwisthout[at]donders[dot]ru[dot]nl).

Practical information and applying

You can apply until 30 November 2023, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Martijn Vastenburg. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
  • A letter of motivation.
  • Your CV.
  • A portfolio (when available).
The first round of interviews will take place on Monday 11 December. You would preferably begin employment as soon as possible.

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We would like to recruit our new colleague ourselves. Acquisition in response to this vacancy will not be appreciated.

Dr M.H. Vastenburg (Martijn)

Assistant Professor
06 24 27 34 46

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