Post-doc for “Portfolio analysis of the value of innovations in imaging for the hybrid operating room”

The Challenge

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the leading causes of death in the Netherlands as well as in all developed countries. CVD can substantially affect quality of life and requires intensive, long-term care. With having no clear prospects on curing CVD, the societal burden of CVD is only to increase.

Hybrid Operating rooms (ORs) hold high promises in reducing the burden of CVD. The (fused) imaging technologies in hybrid OR’s enable minimally invasive treatments. These image-guided treatments are to reduce complications of cardiovascular treatments, prevent re-hospitalizations, and create new treatment options for high-risk patients who are currently refused from surgical treatment. Studies on the value of hybrid OR’s are of utmost importance in advancing the treatments of CVD.

The imaging technologies are constantly improving, and innovative imaging technologies are on the verge of entering the clinical market. The selection of imaging technologies to develop and apply in hybrid OR’s will strongly impact the options for and effectiveness of minimally invasive treatments in CVD. Our research is placed within the innovative and dynamic context of a Dutch hospital’s new hybrid OR. The aim of the research is to assess and optimize the value of the imaging technologies to employ at this hybrid OR in treating CVD.

The successful candidate will be part of an ambitious research team with clinicians, engineers and health scientists of Twente University. He or she will built a decision analytic model to value the outcomes of alternative portfolios of existing and new imaging technologies for the hybrid OR. These outcomes can include impacts on health, efficiency, work flow, and user friendliness. Outcomes are estimated based on first clinical evidence on state-of-the-art imaging technologies, and expert opinions on the added value of incremental and radical innovations in imaging.

Candidate Profile

You are an eager researcher, inspired to work at the boundary between medical sciences, engineering and social sciences. You have a PhD in health sciences, business engineering, biomedical engineering, medical sciences, or a related field of science. You have experience in decision analytic modeling (e.g. multi-criteria decision analysis, portfolio analysis and/or health economic analysis), and building these models in Excel or other modeling software environments. You have an affinity with technological innovations in imaging, and the latest developments in clinical practice. You have strong writing skills, excellent skills for communicating with clinicians as well as engineers.

Information and application

For more information you can contact Marjan Hummel, PhD, by mail (, or phone (0031 – (0)53 489 3340).

The organization
The University of Twente. We stand for science and technology, high tech, human touch, education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programs. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research. The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences strives to hold a leading position in their fields in relation to the science and technology research programs of the University of Twente. In all these fields, the faculty provides bachelor, master and professional development programs.

Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences
The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) strives to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. Through 'social engineering' these technological advances are embedded in society befitting human needs and behaviour, within proper public and private management and business structures. For this the faculty of BMS upholds high quality disciplinary knowledge in psychology, business administration, public administration, communication science, philosophy, educational science and health sciences. All with a focus on the challenges in society. Research is strongly connected to our Institutes on Governance (IGS), ICT (CTIT), Health (MIRA) and Nanotechnology (MESA+).