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Pharmaceutical Data Scientist (postdoc)

Vacature nummer
Wetenschappelijke functies
Intern , Extern
Publicatie datum
9 november 2021
15 december 2021 Vacature gesloten

The Faculty of Science, Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) is looking for a

Pharmaceutical Data Scientist (Postdoc)

Key responsibilities

Do you enjoy working in a team and have a strong interest in research projects involving advanced data analytics and data science? Then join us as a postdoctoral researcher at the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research. In this role, you will conduct independent research and participate in a variety of non-interventional studies measuring the safety, and effectivity of medicines in daily clinical practice. This will be done in cooperation with three assistant professors in the field of phenoconversion, population pharmacokinetic and dynamic modeling and pharmacoepidemiology. You will work in a team with PhD students and undergraduate students, allowing (further) development of your supervision and leadership skills. 

Selection criteria

  • PhD in data science or biostatistics, with proven experience and interest in (bio)pharmaceutical epidemiological research
  • has scientific creativity and productivity, as evident in recent publications in (international) peer-reviewed journals;
  • has excellent English communication skills, both verbal and in writing (requirement);
  • has a proficiency in statistical software (preferably R);
  • shows initiative and can effectively work on multiple projects;
  • Experience in supervision is a plus

Our organization

The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. We are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future. The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organized in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programs. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2,300 staff and almost 5,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

The Leiden Academic Center for Drug Research (LACDR) is a leading institute in the field of innovative drug research and education. Multidisciplinary drug research coupled with the training of young researchers is the primary mission of LACDR. Since September 2016, the LACDR, together with the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), has also been training pharmacists within the Master's degree programme Pharmacy, which is characterized by a strong focus on pharmaceutical patient care and pharmaceutical treatment. Within LACDR, the pharmacy education is organized by the pharmacy team, a relatively new group of dedicated researchers and lecturers. The research of the Pharmacy team at LACDR focusses on the development of predictive models to improve clinical drug safety. There is a strong collaboration in Pharmacy Leiden, which brings together the fundamental drug research performed at the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) with patient-focused research at the Leiden University Medical Centre with the overall aim to improve human health by delivering the most suitable drug treatment for each individual patient.

Terms and conditions

We offer a full-time appointment of initially one year starting January 1st, 2022. After a positive evaluation of the progress of the research, the appointment will be extended for another two years. Salary range from € 2,836,- to € 4,474,- gross per month (pay scale 10 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 and sabbatical leave. 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.


Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


Enquiries can be made to Prof. dr. Miranda van Eck (email: m.eck@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl). If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact Cathy van der Ploeg (c.c.m.van.der.ploeg@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl).


To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to Cathy van der Ploeg (email: c.c.m.van.der.ploeg@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl). Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • A motivation letter;
  • A full CV;
  • Names and contact details of two persons who have agreed to be contacted for references.

Only applications received no later than December 15 2021 can be considered.

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