Radboudumc – 3 PhD candidates ‘Development and validation of clinical decision support for cancer pathways’

Job description
Computerized decision support systems (CDSSs) are information technology-based software that provide health professionals with actionable, patient-specific recommendations or guidelines for disease diagnosis, treatment, and management at the point-of-care. These messages are intelligently filtered to enhance the health and clinical care of patients. CDSSs may be integrated with patient electronic health records (EHRs) and evidence-based knowledge.

The project centers around the creation of a multidisciplinary breast/lung/prostate oncology-dashboard, using this filtering software to present the useful multidisciplinary information in one glance and offering guidance in subsequent treatment decisions. The phase of the disease episode, the physician and the patient will also influence the necessity of information. Defining the necessary information at each step, to prevent the overload of information is a challenge. And moreover, is the information presented useful, used and to what extend does it add to the decision process.

The general idea of the project is, based on patient and physician based feedback loops, and carefully curated patient data sets, with high quality annotations, made according to the detailed requirements of the software tools that will be concurrently developed by the project partners during the collaboration. This is a multi-disciplinary project, embedded in the department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, together with Urology, Medical Oncology and Pulmonology. Partners in the project include Siemens Healthineers, Fraunhofer MEVIS and several other topclinical hospitals around the World.

We are looking for three candidates MDs (Medicine or Technical medicine) to join our team to spend three years on development of Clinical Decision Support applications for the respective Breast-, Lung- and Prostate cancer pathways. MDs applying for this job and wishing to become radiologist can also be evaluated for a position as a resident at the Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine after this research period of three years.

Tasks and responsibilities
Task include: monitoring of multidisciplinary team meetings to document influencing factors and provide input for the technical partners developing the system. Actual implementation of the (prototypes of) the developed clinical decision support system, and validation of their use. Data analysis and reporting in scientific journals, finishing with a PhD thesis.


  • Master degree preferably medical related (medicine, technical medicine, biomedical science, HTA);
  • Interest in clinical research;
  • Enthusiastic team player;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Fluent in Dutch and English, both written and in speech.

The department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at Radboud university medical center is a dynamic department with a significant research output. We work with advanced devices available for Angio intervention radiology, MRI, CT, nuclear medicine, ultrasound and conventional radiology. Our research has a strong focus on early detection and early treatment of common diseases. It covers fundamental research on a molecular level, development of new medical devices and software tools, and translates these results to clinical applications that can be used in daily routine. Our mission is to bridge the gap between research and practice and to help shape the future of healthcare. We use technology to make healthcare more affordable by increasing automation of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, thus freeing manpower for those areas in patient care in which the “human touch” is most needed. The research is mainly focused on prostate, breast, chest and vascular disease. We facilitate a constructive learning environment. Working for this department will involve a lot of challenges and possibilities to develop. We strive for top quality and service which we stimulate in an open and collegial atmosphere.

Radboudumc strives to be a leading developer of sustainable, innovative and affordable healthcare to improve the health and wellbeing of people and society in the Netherlands and beyond. This is the core of our mission: To have a significant impact on healthcare.

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