Postdoctoral Researcher: Health Economics of Digital Medicine - JK0921

1A-B, rue Thomas Edison, Strassen L-1445, Luxembourg
21/10/2021 10:54:13


A postdoctoral position in health economics is available at the Digital Medicine group, funded jointly by the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) and the Foundation de Recherche (FNR) Luxembourg. The successful candidate will work in the Digital Medicine Group at the LIH and closely collaborate with the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) at the University of Luxembourg, the Luxembourg Institute of Socie-Economic Research (LISER), and the Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg (CHL) on the evaluation of innovative digital supported healthcare services.

The Digital Medicine group headed by the FNR-PEARL Chair Prof. Dr. med. Jochen Klucken focuses on I) shaping and innovating personalized digital healthcare applications, and II) developing new benchmarks for digital medicine. Patient-centred digital healthcare services such as smartphone-based monitoring and management application complement existing healthcare pathways and become a new type of a “digital” healthcare service provider. These digital healthcare applications have the potential to address patients’ needs, continuously monitor and manage individual patient journeys, and provide clinical decision support for the healthcare provider. "Real-world evidence" derived from patient-centered healthcare data becomes available defining the medical benefit. The goal of the Digital Medicine group is to understand and evaluate the cost-effectiveness of this new type of healthcare application in medicine with a strong focus on the different European healthcare ecosystems.

A highly interdisciplinary team is being assembled within the auspices of the Digital Medicine group to address the questions of medical benefit, structural and procedural changes, cost-effectiveness, as well as social acceptance of the resulting digital healthcare services. Thus, you would be expected to be curious to contribute to and learn from a multidisciplinary team of researchers, clinicians, modellers, statisticians and economists in appraising and developing evidence on digital healthcare services. Jointly, we will help develop your profile and existing abilities to write academic publications and reports, and participate actively in international conferences for the dissemination of the results, apply for funding at national/international levels and co-/supervise bachelor and master and PhD students in your field.

With the current position offer for a health economist, we search a highly motivated researcher with a background and/or interest in evaluating innovative digital healthcare services in Luxembourg and other European healthcare systems. Our idea is to complement improved medical data on patients’ wellbeing by generating real-life personalised cost data to evaluate healthcare. What would be your idea to address the pertinent question of how innovative digital healthcare services can be reimbursed in the context of European healthcare systems.


Key Accountabilities
  • Lead and conduct the cost-effectiveness evaluation of personalized healthcare technologies / digital medicine applications, both nationally and internationally
  • Generate innovative, personalized quantitative evaluation models, using real-world data and digital assessment tools
  • Work with a multidisciplinary team of information specialists, researchers, modellers, clinicians and systematic reviewers in appraising evidence on the clinical and cost effectiveness of health technologies in integrated care models including wearable devices and APP-supported digital Healthcare Management.
  • Support the application for funding at both national and international levels
  • (Co-)Supervise PhD students and mentor junior staff in the area of health economics and evidence synthesis.
  • Participate in the training of LIH team members in health economics
  • Build & establish links with public and private researchers and developers, in Luxembourg and internationally, in the fields of Life Sciences and Health Economics

KEY SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
  • PhD in health economics, economics, statistics or related field
  • Excellent knowledge of a wide range of quantitative health economic methodologies, including economic evaluation, health econometrics, evidence synthesis and preference elicitation
  • Knowledge of (innovative) reimbursement strategies for digital medicine/telemedicine services / integrated care concepts in European healthcare systems
  • Excellent communication and collaborative skills in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Ability to work independently
  • Track record of peer-reviewed publications
  • Experience in the writing of grant proposals
  • Languages skills: fluent command of English; command of one or more of the local languages (French, German, Luxembourgish) is advantageous
  • Excellent English writing skills

In short...

  • Contract type:   2-year contract (renewable)
  • Work hours:        Full time - 40h/week
  • Location:             Strassen
  • Start date:           as soon as possible
  • Ref:                       VD/PDRHEDM0921/JK/dMED


How to apply

Applications including a cover letter and a  curriculum vitae should be sent before 15 October 2021 through our website via the apply button below. Please apply ONLINE formally through this web page. Applications by email will not be considered.