Amsterdam UMC / AMC – PhD-researcher FAIR data – semantic interoperability of rare disease data

What you are going to do
Collection of high-quality, interoperable data and knowledge is crucial for better development, training, testing, and application of models that can contribute to improvement of healthcare. For collection and representation of data and knowledge novel contributions need to be devised and combined for a variety of areas including natural language processing, semantic web, FAIR data, and healthcare interoperability standards. The department of Medical Informatics at Amsterdam UMC, location AMC is one of the major Dutch research departments that studies semantic interoperability and FAIR data in healthcare. This has led to involvement in two EU-funded projects, one of which focuses on FAIR data for rare diseases (EJP Rare Diseases), and the other on demonstration of the impact of FAIR data on health outcomes and health research (FAIR4Health). We seek a PhD-researcher to participate in these leading-edge projects by playing a pivotal role in improved quality and interoperability of healthcare data and knowledge. You will focus on acceleration of the FAIRification process through the use of semantic web techniques and linked open data approaches for enhanced selection and maintenance of ontologies, and improved mappings between them. After 4 years this will result in your PhD-thesis.

What we expect from you
You have completed training at MSc-level in a relevant field, e.g., medical informatics, bio-informatics, or computer science. You have hands-on skills in working with Python, R, and preferably other programming languages and semantic web tools (such as Protégé). Understanding of the specifics of data and knowledge in healthcare is advantageous. You are curious, creative, and solution-driven, combining a drive to understand with an intent to make things work. Your English writing skills are excellent, a good understanding of Dutch is beneficial. You are able to communicate with a broad audience, including clinicians and technicians, but also the European research community of the projects. You are accurate, ambitious, and independent without being solitary. You are flexible in time and location, as the work will not be restricted to regular business hours or to Amsterdam.

Where you are going to work
You will work at the department of Medical Informatics in Amsterdam UMC, location AMC. This department hosts over 50 people (researchers, software engineers, data managers, lecturers, and support staff) of which about 20 are PhD-researchers. The research group on semantic interoperability in this department currently consists of 4 external and 2 on-site (pre-)PhD-researchers, supervised by an associate professor and 2 full professors, and a post-doc.

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