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PhD Position on the management of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare & policy

Omvang (fte)
Intern , Extern
Den Haag
Geplaatst op
21 februari 2023
14 maart 2023 Vacature gesloten

PhD Position on the professional, managerial, and organizational factors involved in the application of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare & policy

Do you have a background in public administration, policy sciences and affinity with digitalization in healthcare? And are you interested in doing PhD research? The Institute of Public Administration of Leiden University is looking for a PhD candidate to empirically study the antecedents and effects of the various gains that AI-based tools and methods may bring to the medical practice. It employs social science research utilizing a mixed-methods approach (qualitative interviews, observations, diary studies, and field experiments).

The position is part of an interdisciplinary lab, within which this position will look at the integration of the Lab’s AI tools and methods into professional, managerial, and organizational practices in hospitals. In so doing, it also aims to have impact on the medical sector and health policy more broadly. Here, questions of efficacy and efficiency gains, effective management of new or adjusted practices, and acceptance and legitimacy are interlinked. This PhD project focuses on the interface between digitalization and management science, contributing to an understanding of the professional and organizational aspects of trustworthy AI.

You will be part of one of the 17 new ICAI labs, named AI4MRI consisting of 5 PhD students, who will collaborate on making MRIs faster, cheaper, and better. The lab is an ongoing collaboration between LUMC, Leiden University and Philips. You will work closely with four PhD candidates at Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), whilst being part of Leiden’s Public Administration Institute.

This lab is part of the 10-year LTP ROBUST program “Trustworthy AI-based Systems for Sustainable Growth” consortium, which unites 17 knowledge institutions, 19 participating industry sponsors and 15 civil-social organisations from across the Netherlands. You will gain valuable experience working with an industry partner, and will be able to tap into a wealth of networking, career development, and training opportunities in conjunction withICAI, the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence at the University of Amsterdam.

Key responsibilities

  • Conducting innovative social scientific research in the context of a multidisciplinary project and in collaboration with technical scientists;
  • Publish and present scientific articles at international journals and conferences;
  • Contribute to educational activities;
  • Write a dissertation;
  • Engage in collaborations with colleagues across domains.

Selection criteria

  • An MSc/MA degree in the social sciences, preferably in public administration or related disciplines, such as organization science, policy sciences, organizational sociology, health policy etc.;
  • Highly motivated to conduct empirical research;
  • Creative, ‘making things work’ mentality, independent, and communicative team player;
  • Good academic writing skills;
  • Interest in healthcare organisations as well as with AI and digitalization;
  • Interested in participating in interdisciplinary educational activities;
  • Excellent proficiency in English (oral and written).

SAILS: The future of AI is human
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and related technologies are playing an increasingly important role in our society. At Leiden University we are convinced that the future of AI is human: to create AI for Good we need to combine the expertise from researchers in AI techniques with the human aspects of AI, involving law, language, psychology, and many other fields. To this end Leiden University has started a university wide initiative called SAILS (Social Sciences, Humanities, Law, Artificial Intelligence and Life Sciences) to enable collaboration on the development and application of AI. By building on and expanding the already existing expertise of AI, we advance science and improve the quality of life for all. All the disciplines of the University of Leiden are involved in the program: Archaeology, Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Public Administration, Sciences, and also the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), to collaborate and appoint new staff (full professors, assistant professors, postdocs, and PhD students to perform groundbreaking AI research across domain boundaries.

The Faculty and Institute
Science for and about society is the domain of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA). FGGA provides high-quality interdisciplinary education and research on social and governance issues such as terrorism, organization of public administration, climate change and economic crises.

Contemporary issues are approached from an administrative, political, economic, legal and sociological perspective. This interdisciplinary approach gives the faculty's education and research a cross-border character.

The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA) is one of the seven faculties of Leiden University and is based in The Hague.

The FGGA is a young, enterprising and innovative organization that is growing rapidly. The faculty has three scientific institutes, two centres, 3500 students and 330 staff members.

Within the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, the Institute of Public Administration is one of the largest and oldest institutes of academic research and teaching in the field of public administration in the Netherlands and is located in The Hague. The institute combines a solid international academic reputation with a central positioning among the international, national, regional and local governance institutions of The Hague. It employs around 80 people and provides education to 1200 students.

Terms and conditions
We offer a full-time appointment of initially one year. After a positive evaluation of the progress of the research, teaching evaluations, personal capabilities and compatibility, the appointment will be extended for another three years. Salary range starts from 2,541 euro gross per month up to 3,247 euro gross per month (pay scale P in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

All our PhD students are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School. Our graduate school offers several PhD training courses at three levels: professional courses, skills training and personal effectiveness. In addition, advanced courses to deepen scientific knowledge are offered by the research school.

Diversity and inclusion are core values of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

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Inquiries about the research area can be made to about the content of the research can be made to Prof.dr.ing. Bram Klievink (FGGA, a.j.klievink@fgga.leidenuniv.nl).

You can submit your online application until March 14 via the blue button in our application system. Applications can be addressed to Prof. Bram Klievink.

Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents in PDF format:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV);
  • Motivation letter;
  • Grade list of Master degree;
  • (Draft of) Master thesis;
  • Two references (names);

The selection procedure will take place in the second half of March, and selected candidates may be invited for an online interview in this period, during which you are kindly requested to be available.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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