PhD Position: Research for Long Term Outside of Elderly with Cancer KU Leuven Laboratory of Experimental Radiotherapy Belgium


As a PhD student you are affiliated with the KUL / UZ Leuven and your supervisor is Professor H. Wildiers, staff member of medical oncology at UZ Leuven. In view of the subject of the proposed research project, you will work under the guidance of Professor Wildiers and other researchers from UZ Leuven and UZ Brussel, as well as the researchers from the Cancer Registry. Physically, you will mainly be present at the Belgian Cancer Registry in Brussels. The Belgian Cancer Registry, located in the heart of Brussels, is a dynamic organization that is responsible for the collection, quality control, processing and analysis of the cancer registration data. Presentation research team Cancer Registry: For several years, the employees of the Belgian Cancer Registry have focused on various research activities. An important area concerns the descriptive epidemiology in which the incidence, trends and prevalence of cancer as well as survival after diagnosis are mapped. The evaluation of the quality of care by means of indicators, is an important part of our research work. Our research focuses more and more on specific aspects such as the impact of co-morbidity or socio-economic status on these parameters, or the quality of life for cancer patients after their treatment. The research questions that are being discussed are diverse. In addition to the extensive database available to the Cancer Registry, complementary administrative or clinical databases are also linked and consulted to answer the research questions. In many cases the research activities take place in collaboration with scientific associations, the KCE, Sciensano, RIZIV, the Mutualities, the Government, universities ...



The research project is entitled "The impact of geriatric screening and long-term outcome of older patients with cancer", and is funded by Kom Op Tegen Kanker.

The aim of the project is to examine the influence of the general state of health of elderly people with cancer, the long-term results for the patient, in particular the physical, mental and social well-being, the care at the end of life, and the survival.

This research project is started from a clinical database managed by UZ Leuven. This database contains data from 11,968 patients aged 70 or older with a cancer diagnosis who were included in 22 consecutive centers between 2009 and 2015 in 3 consecutive clinical trials.

Baseline variables were collected for these patients regarding patient and tumor characteristics, and geriatric screening (and if necessary assessment) was performed. In addition, data were collected on geriatric interventions (eg visiting the dietitian), treatment, and for a part of the patients also quality of life.

For this project, these data will be linked to data from the cancer registration database, and existing administrative data such as the reimbursement data from the insurance institutions, the Minimum Hospital Data, data from the Belgian population consultation, and data from the Crossroads Bank Social Security.
The research is carried out in close collaboration between the Cancer Registry, UZ Leuven and UZ Brussel.

In the context of this research project you will mainly deal with the processing of data, the programming of analyzes and the writing of reports and articles. The Cancer Registry will take you to a research team of senior researchers, statisticians, physician researchers and data analysts.
You will be responsible for carrying out the proposed research project:

  • Methodological elaboration
  • Performing data cleaning
  • Data analysis (in SAS)
  • Statistical analysis of data
  • Clear reporting, accurate and concise synthesis of methods, analyzes and results.



  • Education

Education in (Bio) medical Sciences, Paramedical Sciences, Public Health, Applied Sciences, Social Sciences or Bio-Engineering Sciences with prior knowledge of (bio-) statistics.

  •      Competences and Experience

Knowledge of software programs for the management of databases and data analyzes such as SAS, R or S plus.

Knowledge of MS office.
An interest in research activities: co-writing protocols, research reports and scientific articles.
Organized, structured and accurate in performing tasks.
Knowledge of oncology, cancer registration, biostatistics and epidemiology form one added value.

  •      Language knowledge

Good knowledge of Dutch and French.
Good and active knowledge of scientific English



  • A fixed-term contract (for 3 years with the possibility of extension), with the possibility of obtaining a doctorate
  • A motivating function in a young and dynamic team with room for contact and initiative
  • Training in the context of this function
  • Easily accessible by public transport



For more information please contact Prof. dr. Hans Wildiers, mail:. 

You can apply for this job no later than January 31, 2019 via the online application tool

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