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HEalth data LInkage for ClinicAL benefit - ESR15: Implications of GDPR legislation when re-using electronic health records data for biomedical research

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    The European Institute for Innovation through Health Data
    Medical sciencesMedicine
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    18/03/2019 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Belgium › Gent
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

The post is for 1 early stage researcher (ESR) who will undertake a three year PhD studentship as part of the H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018 HELICAL (Co-ordinator: Professor Mark Little, Trinity College Dublin, TCD). HELICAL is an EU funded Marie Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) with 17 Academic Partners and nine Non-Academic Partners.

This post is to be based in Ghent University (Belgium) and will be supervised by Professor Pascal Coorevits, Professor Dipak Kalra and Dr. Nathan Lea .  The project is entitled: Implications of GDPR legislation when re-using electronic health records data for biomedical research (project number ESR15).


The per annum Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher living and mobility allowance (plus family allowance if applicable) is in line with Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network requirements. This amount will be subject to tax and employee’s National Insurance deductions, and will be paid in (local currency).


Eligibility criteria

The following eligibility criteria apply:

Early-stage researchers (ESRs) must, at the date of recruitment by the beneficiary, be in the first four years*(full-time equivalent[FTE] research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

Researchers who have not resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

International European interest organisations or international organisations cannot recruit researchers who have spent more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date at the same appointing organisation.

* measured from date when researchers obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate.

Selection process

Applicants submit their applications by 18 March 2019.

Host institutions will perform a first eligibility check and shortlist candidates.

Applicants will be asked to submit university diplomas, certificates, transcripts, proof of skills and 2 references after shortlisting/prior to an interview.

Interviews with applicants will be held and will take place via Zoom webex with 2-3 Panel members + local Principal Investigator. Successful candidates will be informed afterwards.


Additional comments

Please send the following documents via email to the indicated contact person:

a. Statement of motivation (max. 500 words)

b. 1-page CV (applications with CVs exceeding 1 page will be rejected), including up to 5 most important publications

c. Internal Application Form

You will also have the opportunity to identify your favourite project and select up to two alternative projects within the HELICAL consortium.

Do NOT include other documents like diplomas or academic references with your application. Applicants will be asked to submit university diplomas, certificates, transcripts, proof of skills and 2 references after shortlisting/prior to an interview

The HELICAL ITN includes 17 Academic Partners (Trinity College Dublin (IRL); MedUni Vienna (A); University of Glasgow, Farr Institute, University of Leeds, Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (UK); Universite Paris Diderot (F); Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan, Uppsala Universitet (S); Consorci Institut d´Investigations Biomediques, Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas, Instituto de Salud Global de Barcelona, Instituto de Investigaciones Marques de Valdecilla, Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona(E); Charles University (CZ); Ghent University (B)) and nine Non-Academic Partners (Tissuegnostics (A); IBM Zurich (CH),patientMpower (IRL); Anaxomics Biotech (E); Firalis (F); European Institute for Innovation in Health Data(B); RITA-Newcastle University, Laser Analytica, Eagle Genomics (UK)).

It will provide a trans-sectoral and interdisciplinary training programme with state of the art training in analysis of large datasets from individuals with chronic inflammatory disease, using autoimmune vasculitis as a paradigm. HELICAL key complementary areas: application of informatics to such datasets to gain new biological insights, translation of biological into practical clinical outputs, and identification of novel ethical constraints and development of strategies to manage them.

HELICAL is funded under the H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018 designed to promote movement of researchers in Europe and so is open to researchers from any country in the world provided they have not carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Belgium for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. HELICAL pursues a policy of equal opportunities on matters of gender and disability and will seek to recruit an equal proportion of male and female applicants and will provide employment opportunities for candidates with disabilities. Where applications of equal quality are received, preference will be given to female candidates as part of a strategy designed to recruit equal numbers of men and women to the HELICAL posts. Employment procedures and contracts will conform to the European Charter for Researchers / Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

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Offer Requirements

    Other: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent


1. An appreciation and knowledge of Privacy implications when using electronic healthcare records for research with awareness of privacy preserving techniques (e.g. anonymisation and pseudonymisation)


2. Experience with the use of health and omics related data for research including but not limited to structured and unstructured medical records.


3. Knowledge of and appreciation of key information governance concepts and their application, including data protection, information security and the importance of data subject consent


4. Awareness of key regulatory instruments including the General Data Protection Regulation, International Standards on information security including ISO 27001, Supervisory Authority and health authority guidance from across the EU.

Specific Requirements

To meet the requirements of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, you will be an early stage researcher within the first four years of your research career, have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree (PhD), and have not lived or carried out your main activity (work/study) in Belgium for more than 12 months during the past three years.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Ghent University
Corneel Heymanslaan 10

EURAXESS offer ID: 379069


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