On this page, you'll find more information about our application
procedure, starting work and onboarding, terms of employment (e.g.
Collective Labor Agreement for Hospitals and for Medical
Specialists, leave hours, year-end bonus, the Flexible Employee
Benefits (MKA) and pension) and additional opportunities for
employees (incl. opportunities for education and professional
development and housing). For questions about this page, you can
contact the recruitment department by calling 020-512 2897 or
Great news that you're interested in working at the Netherlands
Cancer Institute! The application procedure consists of several
- Apply online: under each job posting, you'll see an
application button. Click on the button to open the application
form that allows you to upload a resume and motivation letter. It's
also possible to submit an unsolicited application. After sending
your application, you'll receive an automatic confirmation by
- Resume and motivation letter selection: based on your
resume and motivation letter, we decide whether there is a
sufficient connection between you and our organization before
inviting you for an initial interview. If we've chosen not to
invite you for an interview, we'll notify you of this via e-mail.
We strive to provide applicants with initial feedback within two
- Job interview: depending on the position, you will
have to undergo one or two job interviews. These interviews are
often held with a future manager, a recruiter, and/or departmental
- Assessments: we administer assessments for some
positions. This might entail, for example, a capacity test or
- Screening: in order to maintain the high quality of
our services, our application process includes (Pre) Employment
- Starting work: if you and the manager are
enthusiastic, you'll receive a job offer and terms of employment.
You'll receive this job offer via an e-mail from the HR Department.
See below for the procedures regarding the start of your job at the
NKI and onboarding.
Starting Work and Onboarding
Starting to work at the NKI
When you're hired by the Netherlands Cancer Institute, the HR
Services department sees to the administrative processing. Not only
will you receive an e-mail or letter that contains your contract
and all related forms, but you will also be invited to attend an
informational meeting. You do not have to do anything so long as
you have not yet received a message. However, if you still have
questions about the progress on your application, you can contact
HR Services by calling: 020 512 2919.
There is a platform where new employees can learn about the
culture of the Netherlands Cancer Institute before their first day
of work. Next, via the learning portal, new employees follow an
onboarding course that contains mandatory sections and important
information, such as an e-learning on information security.
On the second Tuesday of the month, the Netherlands Cancer
Institute organizes an introduction day for all new Research
employees. The HR Services department will e-mail you an invitation
to this day two weeks in advance. During the Introduction Day,
you'll be welcomed by one of the staff members and you'll learn
everything there is to know about the NKI.
Your Terms of Employment
Cao Hospitals and the Terms of Employment for Medical
Specialists (AMS scheme)
Nearly every employee at the Netherlands Cancer Institute is
covered by the Collective Labor Agreement for Hospitals (a.k.a 'Cao
Hospitals'). The conditions outlined in this collective labor
agreement apply to both your contract and to the grading of the
Hospitals (in Dutch only)
Medical specialists are not covered by the Collective Labor
Agreement for Hospitals. Their terms of employment are described in
a separate scheme: Terms of Employment for Medical Specialists (the
AMS Scheme (in Dutch only)
Will you be working with us as an A(N)IOS? If so, see
here for the Model Instructions (in Dutch only) that detail the
powers and responsibilities of the A(N)IOS, the (supervising)
medical specialists, trainers, and the care institutions. The Model
Instructions are intended to guide and assist the A(N)IOS
(interns), medical specialists, trainers, and care
At the Netherlands Cancer Institute, a full-time work week
totals 36 hours. What the week entails differs per department and
is completed in consultation with your supervisor. There is an
exception for basic medical practitioners and residents, whose work
week comprise 38 or 40 hours. Other agreements that apply to the
medical specialists can be consulted in the AMS Scheme.
Full-time (36 hours) employee at the Netherlands Cancer
Institute are entitled to 144 leave hours per year. In addition,
full-time employees receive 57 PLB (Personal Life-stage Budget)
hours annually. These are extra statutory hours that, just like
vacation hours, can be used for leave. Part-time employees receive
annual leave hours and PLB hours on a pro rata basis.
Employees working at the Netherlands Cancer Institute on the
basis of an on-call contract do not accrue annual leave days.
Instead, on-call employees receive an allowance of 13.41% as
compensation for the hours worked.
Vacation Allowance and Year-End Bonus
Employees receive a vacation allowance amounting to 8.33% of the
salary earned. For purposes of application, the 'annual salary
earned' means the salary earned during the months of June of the
previous year through May of the distribution year. The vacation
allowance is paid out in May. You'll also receive a year-end bonus.
The year-end bonus, paid out in December, amounts to 8.33% of the
salary earned in the relevant calendar year.
Commuting Expenses Reimbursement
Employees receive €0.08 per kilometer as compensation for their
travel expenses, regardless of the mode of transport. The maximum
number of kilometers reimbursed is 30 kilometers, each way.
The Netherlands Cancer Institute also offers the Flexible
Employee Benefits (MKA) Scheme, which you can use to cover
additional travel expenses. Your travel allowance will be
supplemented up to €0.19 per kilometer, which you will receive once
a year in December. This travel allowance supplement is deducted
from your year-end bonus, so that it's more advantageous
Employees commuting to the Netherlands Cancer Institute via
public transport are eligible for a discount on a travel
subscription with the NS and the GVB. Employees commuting to
Amsterdam by train can apply for an NS business card for a 4%
discount on their commute. Those who use GVB public transport are
eligible for a 2% discount on their travel.
For more information about commuting to the Netherlands Cancer
Institute and accessing our hospital, we refer you to our website.
Discounted Public Transport
If you commute to the Netherlands Cancer Institute by public
transport, you can apply for a subscription offering discounted
travel (not possible for employees with on-call contracts).
The NS Business Card is a subscription for a certain NS travel
route. The costs for the subscription are deducted monthly from an
employee's salary. This discount amounts to 4% annually and the
subscription can be terminated after two months. You can only apply
for the subscription online. For more information about the
subscription and the digital application, contact the Service
Center (020 512 2915). Or check out https://www.ns.nl/en/business
For the GVB subscription, you must have a personal OV chip card
or apply for one yourself. The subscription (including the 2%
monthly discount) can be loaded onto your OV chip card. The
subscription can be cancelled on a monthly basis. For information
about subscribing, please contact the Service Center or visit
https://en.gvb.nl/. Would you like to know more about applying for
a public transport subscription? Contact the Service Center by
calling: 020 512 2915.
Flexible Employee Benefits
With the Flexible Employee Benefits (MKA) Scheme, you can choose
extra terms and conditions of employment in exchange for part of
your gross salary. There are arrangements for: receiving additional
travel expenses, paying extra statutory PLB hours, settling trade
union contributions, buying additional leave hours, and purchasing
Pensioenfonds Zorg & Welzijn (pension fund for the
healthcare and social welfare sectors)
NKI employees build up a pension with Pensioenfonds Zorg &
Welzijn (PFZW). The Netherlands Cancer Institute registers new
employees with this pension fund. The PFZW automatically registers
the partner with whom an employee is either married or has a
registered partnership. More information about the pension fund is
available on the PFZW
Collective Income Insurance
Many employees face a sharp drop in their income in the event of
full or partial work incapacity. On an individual level, it is both
difficult and costly to prevent this drop in income. With a
collective scheme, dealing with a sharp drop in income is both more
affordable and at more favorable conditions. For its employees, NKI
has taken out collective insurance against a drop in income due to
work incapacity with Loyalis. More information can be found on: http://avl.collectieveregeling.nl/
=> English summary.
Additional Opportunities for Employees
In addition to the terms of employment stated in the Cao, the
NKI offers its employees a variety of extras. Below you will find
information about several supplementary schemes.
Education and Professional Development
Every Netherlands Cancer Institute employee has the opportunity
to develop his or her talents, knowledge, and skills. We want to
continue developing our expertise and excelling at our profession
together, so we can continue to make a difference for our patients.
The AVL Academy was founded for this very reason, and it offers
countless opportunities for further development.
The staff association of the NKI schedules various trips and
activities throughout the year. As a member of the staff
association, you will also receive a discount on various products
and services. Members of the staff association pay €3.00 on a
monthly basis. You can register for the staff association via the
registration form on our intranet.
Housing for NKI Employees
Given that Amsterdam is a popular city to live in, it is often
difficult to find a home in the vicinity of our hospital. The
Netherlands Cancer Institute can help new employees with this
issue. Our organization offers 17 furnished apartments for rent;
each split into two studios. Each apartment is occupied by two
different people who work for the Netherlands Cancer Institute.
While you have your own room, the bathroom, kitchen, and balcony
The living units consist of small (15 m²) and large rooms (22
m²) in the Louweshoek Residential Center. The rent includes gas,
water, electricity, real estate tax, and Wi-Fi.
You may stay at the Louweshoek Residential Center for no longer
than one year, and the Service Center can help you find housing in
Amsterdam. For questions about housing, contact the Expat Center of
the Service Center by calling: 020 512 2915.
Every person who lives or works in the Netherlands is legally
obliged to take out standard health insurance to cover the cost of,
for example, consulting a general practitioner, hospital treatment
and prescription medication. You may also opt to take out
additional insurance to cover costs not included in the standard
package. For more information, please visit the website of the
When you work at the NKI you can apply for a collective discount
with the following two insurance companies:
- IZZ | VGZ for the Care Sector
The group discount is incorporated in the basic package and the
IZZ Zorg voor de Zorg; extra 1, 2, or 3 is also offered as an
employer's contribution. You have one month to register with the
IZZ, calculated from the work start date. A condition for
acceptance by the IZZ is that your current health insurer will
release you from its contract. The collectivity code for IZZ is
29500. For more information or to sign up for this collective
healthcare insurance (only available in Dutch)
To sign up, go to: https://www.zilverenkruis.nl/English/Paginas/index.aspx
(in English) or http://www.zk.nl/antoni (in
Dutch). As well as the group discount in the basic package,
Zilveren Kruis offers broader reimbursement with "extra
supplementary care." If you're already insured with Zilveren Kruis,
please contact the company to qualify for this employee discount.
The collectivity code is: 207075728, employer: Antoni van
Various Supplemental Insurance Policies
Centraal Beheer Achmea offers employees of the Netherlands
Cancer Institute various insurance policies at a discount. For more
information about the insurance policies, please visit the Centraal
Beheer Achmea website www.centraalbeheer.nl/8765
(in Dutch only). Our contract number is 08765. The Service Center
can also provide more information about supplemental insurance and