Phd studentship in statistics, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

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PHD STUDENTSHIP IN STATISTICS, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
The Department Methodology and Statistics of Maastricht University in The Netherlands, invites applications for a research studentship leading to a PhD. The research of the department focuses on optimal design and analysis of longitudinal studies with random effect and multilevel models. The department gives courses in methodology and statistics to Bachelor, Master and PhD students in the Health Sciences, Medicine, and Psychology. At the moment we offer a position for a PhD studentship.
Bayesian Design of Studies of non-experimental studies
The research project focuses on designs for studies with no full control over the covariates. Optimal designs for experimental studies to investigate the effects of treatments on an outcome via regression analysis are well-known. In health, medicine and social sciences it is, however, often not possible to have full control over the covariates. Examples of such problems are confounding effects, selection bias, mediation effects, and time-varying covariates. Additional information is then needed to tackle these problems. This project will investigate the design of such studies by means of Bayesian optimal design methods. The results will help researchers to design their studies more efficiently.
The profile

We look for students with a Master degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Econometrics, Sociology, Psychology, Biology, or some related discipline, but a minimal requirement is a solid training in Statistics. You preferably are familiar with research designs, general linear models and have knowledge of research designs in health, behavioural or life sciences.

You are motivated to perform quantitative research and have experience in programming in a statistical programming language. Candidates must be authorized to work in the EU.
What we offer

You are offered a position for four years. In the first year the monthly salary will be 2042 euro gross increasing to 2612 euro gross in the last year, provided you have a full-time appointment.


Send a letter of application with CV before June 1st, 2009 to Prof. dr. Martijn .P.F. Berger, Department of Methodology and Statistics, University of Maastricht, P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands. E-mail:



For more information about the project please contact: Prof. dr. Martijn .P.F. Berger or dr. G.J.P. van Breukelen, Department of Methodology and Statistics, University of Maastricht, P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands. E-mail:

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