Doctoral Researcher for 'Development and Implementation of' Value-Based Health Care 'Policy and Care Innovations in Health Care'
KU Leuven Center for Sociological Research

Doctoral Researcher 'Development And Implementation Of' Value-Based Health Care 'Policy And Care Innovations In Health Care'



We are looking for an enthusiastic and curious junior human scientist who wants to set up a sociological doctoral research into developments and implementation of 'Value-based health care' (VBHC) policy and care innovations in healthcare. The candidate will be employed within the Center for Sociological Research (CeSO) of the Faculty of Social Sciences.


The aging of society leads to a growing need for care and a related rising (economic) cost for health care. More and more hospitals are introducing the 'Value-based health care' (VBHC) concept to provide an answer to these societal challenges. Value-based health care aims to organize healthcare with a focus on health efficiency (outcome-oriented care), rather than purely on the basis of quality or cost efficiency.

In this doctoral research, qualitative research (document analysis, interviews, ethnography) investigates how policy and care instruments to implement value-based health care are developed, how hospitals implement these instruments and what the implications are for the (organization of ) healthcare. Against this background, this doctoral project specifically examines:

The social context in which Value-based Health care is posed as innovation in health care;

How Value-based Health care is embedded in health care policy and how instruments are developed for this;

How Flemish care institutions use (these) instruments and translate them into practice;

What social implications Value-based health care has for the provision of care.

The PhD student works closely together within the Life Sciences & Society Lab and the Work and Organizational Change (WORC) research group, where the necessary expertise is available to successfully set up this research process. The doctoral student is given the freedom to set his own accents in setting up the research process.

The doctoral student will perform 10% educational tasks for the Center for Sociological Research.



Candidates for this position can submit the following qualifications:

You have a master's degree in sociology or another social science discipline (economics and business sciences, psychology, anthropology, science and technology studies, general social sciences, management and policy of health care, etc.) Students who graduate this academic year are also encouraged to apply;

You have very good theoretical, analytical and methodological skills for conducting qualitative research, and you are willing to develop yourself further; Expertise in conducting quantitative research is a plus;

You have thorough knowledge (or a willingness to further develop it) of social science research into contemporary developments in healthcare, organizational sciences, and Science and Technology Studies;

You have good organizational, written and oral communication skills;

You have a strong knowledge of Dutch and English, both orally and in writing;

You are a team player who can also work independently.


Within the Center for Sociological Research (CeSO), the Life Sciences & Society Lab and the Work and Organizational Change (WORC) research group work at the interface between technological, organizational and social developments in healthcare. The unique collaboration between the two research groups gives the candidate the opportunity to develop further in a growing academic and social domain.


The candidate is guided by an excellent team with a broad expertise in developments in the (organization of) healthcare.

We offer full-time employment for 1 year from 1 September 2019, which after positive evaluation can be extended to 4 years to successfully complete the doctoral program.




To apply, we expect you to:

- A curriculum vitae

- A motivation letter (max. 500 words)

- Contact details of two referees

- A digital copy of one or two texts that reflect your research experiences and analytical qualities


The job interviews will take place in the second half of June 2019


More information is available from Prof. Dr. Ine Van Hoyweghen, mail: or Prof. Dr. Geert Van Hootegem, mail:

You can apply for this vacancy up to and including 15/06/2019 via our online application application

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