PhD student position at University of Freiburg (Germany)

The Meta-Analysis Research Group of the Institute of Medical Biometry and Statistics is seeking a PhD student to work on the project “Enabling new types of questions in evidence synthesis” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG, Emmy Noether programme). The project entails the development of statistical methods to enable generalizing definitions of populations, treatment comparisons and outcomes of interest in evidence synthesis. Within a multidisciplinary and highly motivated environment, the post holder will have the opportunity to gain vast experience of working on theoretical and applied projects and collaborate with leading international researchers.


We offer you:


fixed-term contract 100 % for 3 years, start between 01.10.2022 and

01.01.2023 (negotiable)

working in a highly motivated and multidisciplinary research team

collaboration with leading European research groups

support for career development and training

preparation for a research career in an academic setting or a public health institution

salary according to the pay scales of the German Research Foundation (DFG) for PhD students


Your tasks:


perform original statistical research: development of methods to detect and quantify disagreements between different sources of evidence

participate in international studies aiming to synthesize data involving multiple alternative treatment options

present results in national and international scientific meetings and conferences

publish results in peer-reviewed scientific journals


Your profile:


postgraduate qualification (MSc or equivalent) in a quantitative discipline such as mathematics, statistics, biostatistics, physics or computer science

experience in programming in a high-level language e.g. R, Python, C++

fluency in both spoken and written English


Applications must be written in English and include the following



Curriculum Vitae

contact details of two academic or professional referees and

a cover letter with a personal statement (about half a page) describing your suitability and motivation


Please send your application to no later than 30.06.2022.


For further information on the position advertised, please contact: Dr.

Adriani Nikolakopoulou


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