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Create and evaluate technologically driven interventions to proactively support youth|  0.8 FTE

About this position

Within the Convergence flagship PROTECt ME (Proactive Technology-supported prevention and Mental Health in adolescence) researchers from three institutes and different backgrounds are collaborating on improving the mental wellbeing of youth. through the development of digital solutions.

You will be positioned within the Erasmus MC department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychology which is one of the leading partners of the flagship PROTECt ME. The mission of this program is to optimize well-being of all youth, by proactively tackling these problems, to move from cure to care, and to detect emotional problems before they emerge and impair lives.

This position with an overall aim to create and evaluate technologically driven interventions to proactively support youth (e.g., eHealth applications). Your tasks: 1. Harmonizing and synthesizing data of ecological momentary assessment (EMA) of existing and newly collected studies to eventually create a toolbox for digital preventive interventions in youth mental health, 2. Evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of digital preventive interventions in daily lives with all end-users (adolescents, parents, health professionals, researchers, policy makers, schools), 3. Collaborate and supervise PhDs student on ongoing EMA/ESM studies, 4. Coordination and aligning work streams between flagship work packages and other ongoing projects in this domain.


Collaboration within our multidisciplinary team with clinicians, data scientist, industrial design, machine learning and AI experts will be key to achieve our goals. This position will also align with several other ongoing projects which provides opportunities for supervising PhD & master students. E.g.  SIA gravitation project; eHealth Junior NWA-ORC project; MARIO-project ZonMW.


You are a motivated candidate with a PhD degree in the field of health sciences, psychology, social sciences, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, computer science or a related discipline (also candidates close to finishing their PhD are encouraged to apply)

  • Proven skills in advanced analytics preferably previously worked with ESM/EMA modeling and large multi-modal datasets. Experience with R is required.
  • You have an interest in the development of digital preventive tools for emotional problems.
  • As you will be part of a multidisciplinary team, good communication and collaboration skills are important.

About this Flagship

Many young people in the Netherlands (between the ages of 12 and 25) struggle with mental health issues such as feelings of depression. They often have to wait a long time for adequate care. The aim of the Convergence Flagship programme PROTECt ME is to develop tools that will make it possible to identify these people sooner. The programme also wants to deliver technological solutions that can help young people faster and better, while at the same time relieving the burden on the care system.

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You will be employed by Erasmus MC, Rotterdam. The Department were you will be working at is the department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychology of Erasmus MC/Sophia.  There are approximately two hundred employees and this is the only independent university child and adolescent psychiatric department in the Netherlands with its own research lines and professors located in a children’s hospital. The department is constantly evolving and focuses on internationally recognized scientific research, combined with high-quality university patient care in the university medical center and providing various training and education.

What we offer

  • a challenging position within the largest University Medical Center (UMC) in the Netherlands with high ambitions in the field of healthcare, education and research;
  • you will receive a temporary position for 3 years;
  • the gross monthly salary is according to scale 10.4 (NFU);
  • excellent fringe benefits, such as a 13th month that is already paid out in November and an individual travel expense package;
  • pension insurance with ABP. We take care of approximately 2/3 of the monthly contribution;
  • special benefits, such as an in company physiotherapist and bicycle repairer. And there is also a gym where you can work on your fitness after work.

About Convergence

The pressing and complex social challenges of our time call for convergence; crossing boundaries between institutions and disciplines to create new perspectives and solutions. For this reason TU Delft, Erasmus MC and Erasmus University Rotterdam are joining forces in Convergence. Within the convergence theme Health & Technology we form new frameworks that promote scientific discoveries and technological innovation in health and healthcare. We do this by working on groundbreaking research and innovation bundled in 10 international leading research flagships.

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Additional information

For more information about this position please contact:
prof. dr. Manon Hillegers:
Dr. Annabel Vreeker:

If your CV fits to the position, you will be invited for an interview with the supervisor(s). Working part time i.e. 4 days is a possibility for each of the positions we offer.

Apply for this position

Please send your application for this position, together with your motivation letter and curriculum vitae before January 24th 2023 to: