PhD in Technology Supported Coaching

Status Gesloten
Beschikbaar per 2 juli, 2018
Werkgever University of Twente
Afdeling Biosignals and Systems/Telemedicine
Dienstverband Voltijd
Werktijden 40 uur per week
Locatie Enschede
Sluitingsdatum 30 september, 2018
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Overige informatie

At the department Biomedical Signals and Systems/Telemedicine of the University of Twente, a vacancy exists for a PhD. The PhD position is funded by a recently awarded grant from ZONMW for a project called ‘E-manager Chronic Diseases. In the project the University of Twente works together with TNO, NIVEL and the UM but also with multiple health care professionals treating patients with chronic diseases like Astma and Diabetes. Within the project the University is responsible for the development and validation of the e-coaching module which uses input from various digital applications to get insight in health behaviour of the patient and uses motivational cues to increase the patients’ self-efficacy regarding healthy behaviour and goal realization.


Your activities

Your research will focus on development and validation of the e-coachingsmodule for patients with diabetes and asthma by studying:

  1. Setting up a module that enables monitoring of daily life behaviour of patients with asthma, COPD and DM2 using mobile ecological momentary assessments
  2. Develop a platform and algorithms where this information from different data sources can be combined and transformed into a comprehensive behavioural picture to be used as starting point for coaching.
  3. Aspects and dynamics of behavioural change. This focuses on the development of coaching content and materials for information provision to make patients aware of their medical profile and daily behaviour; educational materials to teach patients about healthy behaviour, self-management skills and goal setting; a list of motivational messages, reinforcement and rewards, including formats which show the changes over time.


  • You hold a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, Computer Science, Behavioral science, Technical medicine or a similar expertise;
  • You have a strong affinity with both the technological and the psychological field.
  • You have excellent analytical skills and an innate ability for solution oriented problem solving;
  • You have expertise in working in multidisciplinary teams;
  • You are a team player with great communication skills;
  • You are fluent in Dutch and English, both spoken and written.
For inquiries about this position and our offer you can contact Prof. Dr. Miriam Vollenbroek-Hutten ( Candidates should upload their application before September 30, 2018 by using the application button below, including a short motivation letter and CV.


The University of Twente offers a stimulating work environment in an area of applied, forefront research and offers strong and inspiring collaboration with the medical field and the other organisations involved in this project. You will have a 1.0 fte position for the duration of 4 years and can participate in all employee benefits the UT offers. The gross monthly salary starts with € 2266,- in the first year and increases to € 289740,- in the fourth year of your employment.

Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, an holiday allowance of 8%, and an end of year bonus of 8.3%.


The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) comprises three disciplines that shape Information and Communication Technology. ICT is more than communication. In almost every product we use mathematics, electronics and computer technology and ICT now contributes to all of societies’ activities. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. The research which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes MESA+, CTIT and MIRA.



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