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Working at the NKI

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Find out more about working at the Netherlands Cancer Institute

Throughout the year we have vacancies for group leaders, postdoctoral fellows, Ph.D. students and technicians. Also, for masters students and student technicians we offer rotation projects. Below we have listed the current vacancies. If you are interested in a position at our institute, please contact one of our group leaders.

We offer a stimulating and interactive research environment, state of the art facilities, a competitive salary (including possibilities for additional tax-reduction for non-Dutch employees) and housing facilities in the vicinity of the Institute. Researchers at the Netherlands Cancer Institute have no teaching obligations.

On the Education page you can see which vacancies are currently available for Ph.D. students and postdocs.

On this page you can find more information about Working or Applying to work at the NKI.

Group leaders

The NKI has approximately 55 group leaders. Each group leader has his/her own research program. At the NKI we have junior group leaders (assistant professors) and (senior) group leaders (associate or full professors). Some group leaders hold a chair at one of the Dutch universities. In principle we recruit one new (junior) group leader each year. 

The NKI has opened a call for two positions: one for a (junior) group leader in a research topic that synergizes with the ongoing research at the NKI and another one with a focus on immunology/inflammation. More information can be found here.

The NKI will open a new call for applicants for group leaders at the end of 2020; the exact date will be communicated later.



The NKI has a sizeable postdoc community of approximately one hundred and fifty scientists. The atmosphere is very international, with fifty percent of postdocs originating from around thirty different countries, in addition to the Dutch contingent. To support this diverse community, an active postdoc committee, postdocs@NKI, was started in 2011.

Click here to read more about out aims and activities.

Click here to read more about our vision on inclusiveness

Job opportunities

Post-doc AI in Radiology

PhD Student AI in Radiology

PHD/Postdoc Chromosome Biology

PhD student / Postdoc, Transcription Dynamics in Single Cells

Clinical Scientist Adaptieve Radiotherapie

Phd Student telomere damage response

Phd Student or Postdoc telomere replication

Postdoc DCIS PRECISION project

Clinical Datamanager Radiotherapie

PhD Student Artificial Intelligence in Radiology

Post-doc Artificial Intelligence in Radiology

Analist Genomics Core Facility

Epidemiologist / Biostatistician / Biomedical researcher for a postdoc position

PhD Student Farmacologie

Postdoc Immunology

Research technician Development of a personalized therapy platform for breast cancer and mesothelioma


Postdoc and PhD - Functional Genetics of transcriptional units

Analist Core Facility Molecular Pathology & Biobanking


Arts-onderzoeker 'Kanker en Zwangerschap'

Phd Student telomere damage response

Promovendus Kwaliteit van Leven Onderzoek bij immunotherapie


PhD student - Epigenetic Programming of Lymphocytes

Onderzoeksassistent Psychosociaal Onderzoek en Epidemiologie

Promovendus Oncologische Chirurgie

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