We are looking for a health economist to join our team. Would you like to contribute to infectious disease control policy making in the Netherlands and launch your career as a health economist in an environment with a high social impact, we are looking for you.

Health economics scientist

National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)

  • WO, Master, PhD
  • 32-36 hours
  • Location: Bilthoven
  • min. € 3.404 – max. € 5.389 (bruto)
  • Apply before June 24th 2024

What are you going to do

Great news for you, we already have a seasoned health economist in our team. You will get the opportunity to work together with him, learn and accelerate your knowledge, and career. Together your goal will be to answer questions from the Dutch health council. And in addition, you will independently work on assignments with colleagues from our team of modelling professionals and experts on policy-relevant research at the intersection of health economics and infectious disease control.

The health economists are for example involved in assessing the costs and effects of COVID-19 vaccination, they advise policy makers about decisions to change vaccination programmes against pneumococcal infections,  they assess the cost-effectiveness of preventive medicine against HIV infections. Your role is to help assess the burden of disease of infectious diseases in the Netherlands, to measure the possible gain in the quality of life of new vaccines, and to weigh these against the costs of vaccination.

Your responsibilities include:

  • conceptualizing and developing cost-effectiveness models for preventive interventions against infectious diseases such as vaccination and/or screening;
  • applying statistical methods for health economic research;
  • handling and analyzing large data sets;
  • conducting literature reviews;
  • contributing to annual reports on the disease burden of infectious diseases in the Netherlands;
  • communicating study results to relevant stakeholders e.g. the Health Council of the Netherlands;
  • publishing the results in scientific journals.

Unique to this position

  • Working closely together with colleagues from different expertise, such as epidemiologists, mathematical modelers, medical specialists, virologists, immunologists.
  • Contributing to decision making on infectious disease control in the Netherlands.
  • Discussing research in a national and international context.

Who are you

We are looking for someone who has completed a master study in health economics, medical or pharmaceutical sciences, mathematics or in a related field. Experience with relevant health economic analysis, e.g. as a PhD, is not a prerequisite, but could be an advantage.

In this role you are combining knowledge of costing in health care with skills in data-analysis in the field of infectious diseases. You can’t know everything yet, but we expect you have an interest in and willingness to learn about these subjects. Experience in analyzing large complex quantitative datasets would be a big plus, especially in combination with skills in using a programming language such as R.

We do have to be strict about one thing. You have a professional level of verbal and written communication in English. As you will also encounter written Dutch documents, such as policies, we require a Dutch reading level of at least C1. Please make sure this is apparent in your resume.

The team

You will be part of the department for Infectious Disease Modelling. This team, is an open, dynamic, international and stimulating group comprising modellers and health economists who are socially engaged. The group works closely with RIVM colleagues whose expertise spans diverse disciplines, including epidemiologists, statisticians, modellers, microbiologists, virologists, and immunologists.

Your direct team of colleague consists at the moment of 14 people of whom one is an experienced health economist. We are an international group as we have a healthy mix of Dutch and non-Dutch team members. We tend to work half of the time from home and the other half from the office in combination with flexible working hours. Everybody finds a balance that works for them and we encourage and respect that. We are one of the leading research groups in its field, and maintain numerous collaborative links with external academic and non-academic institutions. We take our responsibilities very seriously as we are a leading research institute. In the team we connect with each other via our passion for the work that we do and the social impact we can make.

Your team is working both on national and international projects. For more information, please visit the websites: https://www.rivm.nl/en/modelling-infectious-diseases or https://www.rivm.nl/en/coronavirus-covid-19/modelling.

I want to apply or need more information

You can fill in your application via this website and direct your motivation letter to Eric Janssen. For more information about the procedure, please contact Eric Janssen, head of department, via +316 15859620. For more content-related information, please contact Pieter de Boer, health economist, via +316 29637752.

The first interviews will take place on Monday 1st or Thuesday 2nd of July. The second round on Monday 8th or Tuesday 9th of July.

Working conditions

  • The salary (according to scale 10); min € 3.404 – max. €m5.389 (bruto)
  • Temporary appointment, for the duration of training; 2 x 12 month’s
  • Hours: 32-36

Other terms and conditions of employment

In addition to the salary, you will receive an Individual Choice Budget (IKB). The IKB consists of money (16.50% of your gross annual salary) and time. With the IKB you make the choices that suit you and you can put together some of your employment conditions yourself. For example, you can choose to have part of your monthly income paid out whenever you wish. You can also convert this budget into leave and vice versa or spend it on tax-friendly goals. The government attaches great importance to personal growth and career development and offers numerous opportunities for this. The secondary employment conditions include various study facilities, company fitness, full reimbursement of your public transport travel costs for commuting and partially paid parental leave.


This position is related to a number of research projects, which will run for at least 24 months. There is a good chance that this will continue. The RIVM would therefore like to get in touch with candidates who want to commit to the RIVM for a longer period of time. However, RIVM cannot currently provide any guarantee for this. You will of course be informed in a timely manner about the (im)possibility of extending your employment contract.

Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu

Antonie v Leeuwenhoeklaan 9 , 3721 MA Bilthoven
Naam: Pieter de Boer, health economist
Telefoonnumer: 06-29637752


We ask for a cover letter at the RIVM. In doing so, it is helpful to set out in it your motivation for the specific position and the RIVM, rather than a summary of your resume. Need tips? 4 tips for a good cover letter – Working for the Netherlands.

The recruitment and selection process generally looks like this:

  • When we see a match, we invite you for an initial interview.
  • Is that positive from both sides? Then we will contact you for a second interview.
  • Do we both like it? Then we will conclude with an employment interview.
  • Because working at the RIVM entails social responsibility, we will ask you for a Certificate of Good Conduct (VOG).
  • It may be that we choose a different method of selection, because that suits the role or the target group better. We will always inform you what that process looks like.

Special circumstances

  • Are you already employed by the national government? We encourage your career step within the central government.
  • If you are applying as a “from-work-to-work candidate” or as a “redeployment candidate,” please include a copy of your designation letter.
  • If you are currently working for the central government through a temporary employment agency, please mention this in your letter.
  • The RIVM is committed to employing employees who fall within the target group of the Jobs Agreement Act. Do you fall into this target group and are you in the target group register? Then we also invite you to respond! Want to know more? Then click here! Together with you we will see if and how you can possibly fill this position.
  • At the RIVM, you are welcome just as you are. We are convinced that diversity in a team makes cooperation and outcomes stronger. In addition, employee involvement in employee participation is highly valued.

Good to know

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  • We follow the Recruiter Code and handle your personal data with care.
  • For a complete picture of applicants’ business backgrounds, we sometimes consult LinkedIn.
  • For a full picture of applicants’ business backgrounds, we sometimes consult LinkedIn.
  • This vacancy is on www.werkenvoornederland.nl with a fixed closing date. It is possible that after this date this vacancy is still (unintentionally) findable on various job boards. Be aware that the closing date on www.werkenvoornederland.nl is leading.

Apply digitally

RIVM invites you to apply on their site. Use the button below to leave this site and go directly to the application form. Central government values ​​a diverse and inclusive organisation. Working in diversely composed teams makes us more effective, more innovative and the work more enjoyable. Everyone is therefore invited to apply.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

Keywords: Vacancy, Research, Scientist, Health economics, Medical sciences, Pharmaceutical sciences, Mathematics, Master, WO, PhD, fulltime, Bilthoven, Utrecht 


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